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Alex Smith “got carried away” with Cam comments

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49ers quarterback Alex Smith recently stepped way out of character, calling out Carolina quarterback Cam Newton while making a point about the relationship between stats and victories.

“I could absolutely care less on yards per game,” Smith said in May. “I think that is a totally overblown stat because if you’re losing games in the second half, guess what, you’re like the Carolina Panthers and you’re going no-huddle the entire second half.  Yeah, Cam Newton threw for a lot of 300-yard games.  That’s great.  You’re not winning, though.”

Smith slid back into his more usual style during a Thursday conference call conducted in advance of the American Century Celebrity Golf Championship, to be held on July 20-22 (and to be televised by NBC).

“Obviously I got carried away there,” Smith said, via Cam Inman of the San Jose Mercury News.

“I was going after more of the passing-yards statistic and I don’t really believe there’s a great correlation to winning in the NFL,” Smith said.  “I don’t.  I don’t buy it.  If you’re looking for a statistic that has a better correlation to winning, it’s probably yards-per-attempt.”

Actually, only one stat truly correlates to winning:  points scored vs. points allowed, as determined on a per-game basis.

Smith seems to get that, and he proved his point this time by tiptoeing toward a diss of the team the Niners beat in the divisional round of the playoffs.  “For me it’s about winning games,” Smith said. “I said the same thing last year when we played the Saints in the playoff[s].  Yeah that offense is pretty prolific and threw for 5,000 yards.  For me, I’m trying to score more points than the other team.  I don’t really care how we do it.”

And now it’s only a matter of time before someone from the Saints reacts to what Smith has said.

(Can you hurry it up a little, Saints?  It’s slow today.)

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50 Responses to “Alex Smith “got carried away” with Cam comments”
  1. kepickle says: Jul 6, 2012 8:46 AM

    yea well Cam Newton said that him self it is all about Winning in the end Not passing-yards statistic only the Media & Fans care about that

  2. buddysguys says: Jul 6, 2012 8:49 AM

    awesome it only took you 7 years to figure that out….

  3. nestaaali says: Jul 6, 2012 8:51 AM

    This guy was looked at as a bust, and for a player taken #1, still hasn’t lived up to his selection.

    Just keep your mouth shut, and keep other teams/players out of it. Go improve your craft so that you won’t need David Akers to bail you out everytime you get near the endzone.

  4. someidiotfromouthereintheprojects says: Jul 6, 2012 8:55 AM

    alex smith, you and your team would have to struggle to not be last in the nfc south. we have these things called quarterbacks and you can’t win our division by going 8-8.

  5. captainwisdom8888 says: Jul 6, 2012 8:55 AM

    cmon alex, youre a mediocre qb supported by arguably the best defense in the league. of course you are going to take this approach on such a topic

    -now if cam had your defense last year, we likely would have seen them deep in the playoffs

  6. someidiotfromouthereintheprojects says: Jul 6, 2012 8:59 AM

    this guy needs to quit comparing himself to the cams and brees guys and find other middle-of-the-road average back-up qbs to rag on.

  7. nyyjetsknicks says: Jul 6, 2012 8:59 AM

    Someone should remind Alex Smith that he’s Alex Smith.

  8. boothisman says: Jul 6, 2012 9:00 AM

    Cam Newton has shown more in 1 year then Smith has in several. Give me Cam any week over this loud mouth.

  9. 4thqtrsaint says: Jul 6, 2012 9:01 AM

    As a Saints fan, this really doesn’t bother me. Of course all he cares about are wins, after seven years or whatever, he’s finally on a winning team. I don’t blame him.

    What he said about Cam Newton was the same point. But if you’re looking for a jab back, it would be this…

    Drew Brees and Cam Newton care about nothing but winning too. They both have different styles, but are still much better QBs than Alex Smith ever will be.

  10. cowboycjn says: Jul 6, 2012 9:04 AM

    So as a QB you are saying what everyone else knew. The final measure of the game is how many points on the board. Regardless if you beat them by 1 or 24 points – it’s who has the most at the end of the game. Well now that we have that straight, lets start the season being you have your priorities straight.

  11. electionconfidential says: Jul 6, 2012 9:06 AM

    Alex just needs to shut up and be grateful he’s got a cherry gig. He’s got a great defense and a great tight end. They just brought in some top notch wide-outs for him during the off-season… The guy’s got it made. If the 49ers had a return man who didn’t fumble all the time Alex might even have a ring right now and all that while being essentially a draft bust.

    Just shut up Alex and be thankful for your blessings.

  12. eastcoastninerfan says: Jul 6, 2012 9:07 AM

    I wish Smith would have made a point to praise Cam Newton some as a way to cover his tracks from those previous comments. Newton’s rookie season was amazing and much (MUCH) better than Alex’s and I think that would have gone a long way to him saving face while still focusing on winning.

    This coming from a Niner’s fan living in Carolina :)

  13. foul83 says: Jul 6, 2012 9:11 AM

    Now Alex might get carried away after a Beason lick.

  14. fordmandalay says: Jul 6, 2012 9:14 AM

    ‘Was’ looked at as a bust? Still being looked at that way. This last season was only ‘acceptable’, in comparison to the crappy others. And boy did he look bad in that playoff loss. This season will really tell the story, now that other teams will be prepared for the Niners – last chance to prove yourself a ‘winner’, Alex.

  15. baddorange says: Jul 6, 2012 9:24 AM

    Big deal for Can Newton. At the end of the day, stats are for losers and WINS, baby, wins. Before hailing Newton, lets see how many wins and what the record is after 5 years or so. He has two stud backs behind him and Steve Smith a great receiver.

  16. moochzilla says: Jul 6, 2012 9:36 AM

    Said the QB with one of the NFL’s best defenses.

    What he doesn’t realize is that he has the luxury to go out and play no-risk field position gameplans because he has great defensive teammates.

    Put Alex Smith on the Panthers where he has to throw and he’d be a 20+ INT guy.

  17. t8ertot says: Jul 6, 2012 9:37 AM

    Give Cam the 9ers D and see what happens, Alex Smith

  18. 4512dawg4512 says: Jul 6, 2012 9:45 AM

    I dont think he intentionally took a shot at Cam there, he made a pretty legitimate point though.

  19. explosionsauce says: Jul 6, 2012 9:48 AM

    East coast commenters are out in force. As for 9ers being last in the south, ha. Who dat beat the Saints in spectacular fashion? Get over yourselves, 9ers are legit.

  20. chb74 says: Jul 6, 2012 9:55 AM

    Didn’t Alex Smith have one of the highest Wonderlic scores ever recorded? One wouldn’t know based on what he says and how he says it.

  21. sonoco says: Jul 6, 2012 9:57 AM

    God. 19 days to training camp. Please get here.

    The 49ers will be better this year and so will Alex Smith. Those who think either hit their ceiling last year are mistaken.

  22. bdert says: Jul 6, 2012 10:06 AM

    I agree that winning is the paramount statistic…But for Alex to use a rookie, who broke Peyton Mannings rookie passing record is absurd.

  23. cowboycjn says: Jul 6, 2012 10:09 AM

    explosionsauce says:
    Jul 6, 2012 9:48 AM
    East coast commenters are out in force. As for 9ers being last in the south, ha. Who dat beat the Saints in spectacular fashion? Get over yourselves, 9ers are legit.
    – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - -
    NOT SO!!!! It’s called an anomly, a freak event that occured out of the ordinary. Saints had no real defense, but they still had the strongest offense on the field that day. 9ers won by luck – thats not a strong legit team. Just saying.

  24. nepaseahawk says: Jul 6, 2012 10:09 AM

    well said

  25. nepaseahawk says: Jul 6, 2012 10:11 AM

    he might have a ring if there were no such thing as 3rd downs perhaps

  26. clownsfan says: Jul 6, 2012 10:19 AM

    Absolutely cannot wait for reality to sock this chump is his gut this season. 49rs won’t be sneaking up on anybody this year.

  27. dal24la says: Jul 6, 2012 10:21 AM

    “Actually, only one stat truly correlates to winning: points scored vs. points allowed, as determined on a per-game basis.”

    I’m not sure you know what the word correlates means. He didn’t see a 100% correlation, he said a “better” correlation than passing yards.

    And anyway Alex Smith is actually right, Teams that have more Yards per attempt (real yards per attempt that includes sacks) win 76% of their games since 2007 while teams that win the passing yards battle only win 54.4% of their games.
    Real yards per attempt is one of the best stats that correlates to winning.

  28. orthomarine says: Jul 6, 2012 10:29 AM

    Screw all this noise……

    Stand your ground, stand behind what you said… Right/wrong, does not matter… You said it, and stand behind it….

    Are you right… I think so, but if you believe what you said…be a man and stand by it

  29. jikkle49 says: Jul 6, 2012 10:33 AM

    All Alex is saying what every fan (well the non fantasy kind) wants to hear from their QB and that’s

    Winning > Stats

    His statements are more directed to the local media and fans who first complained he wasn’t winning games and than when the team wins the complaint is how they are winning.

    At the end of the day do you really care how your team wins as long as it wins?

    Do Raven’s fans want to the team to give back their Super Bowl rings because Trent Dilfer was the QB when they won it?

  30. stampede101 says: Jul 6, 2012 10:43 AM

    Alex has “been quite/kept his mouth shut” since he was drafted until last season…could’ve ripped the 49ers organization on a year-to-year basis based on the way things were going. So go ahead a speak your mind Alex, we know you’ll back it up on the field…and so does he.

    P.S. – Notice all the comments above me trashin’ this dude…welcome to NFL relevance Alex. Niners All Day!

  31. charlutes says: Jul 6, 2012 10:44 AM

    Must be nice to have a defense that wins games for you so you can play poorly and act like your better than great qbs on bad defensive teams. what a clown.

  32. the1849ers says: Jul 6, 2012 10:45 AM

    Alex Smith needs to go away. Like CFL away.

  33. billb49 says: Jul 6, 2012 11:35 AM

    And, on this NFC south thing, let’s keep something in mind. Last season, the Niners had a +151 point differential which was 100 points better than the second place team, the Falcons, in the NFC south. That +151 point differential was third in the NFC behind the Packers and the Saints. So, sorry to break your hate bubbles, but if the Niners were in the NFC south, they’d be battling the Saints for the division lead and the other three teams would be toast.

  34. mrmarcus55 says: Jul 6, 2012 11:39 AM

    Haters going hater. I will LOL’ing when alex is playing deep into the playoffs and most of you posting will be sitting watching Alex on the tv like most of fav teams qb’s.

  35. skittlesareyum says: Jul 6, 2012 11:40 AM

    His point was probably right, but how could he be so stupid as to name someone? At a normal job you wouldn’t point someone out by name as an example of what not to do, unless you’re A) in private or B) legitimately want to criticize them. You put them on the spot as an example of bad behavior.

  36. dstep24 says: Jul 6, 2012 12:39 PM

    ….says the guy who CAN’T care how they do it…since he can’t throw a ball accurately beyond 8 yards.

    Smart of him to step away from his comments though.

    The guy is clearly jealous of any fellow 1st rnd pick that plays better than him. Which….most of them have/do.

  37. oaktown49er says: Jul 6, 2012 12:55 PM

    someidiotfromouthereintheprojects says:Jul 6, 2012 8:55 AM

    alex smith, you and your team would have to struggle to not be last in the nfc south. we have these things called quarterbacks and you can’t win our division by going 8-8.
    ———————————————————-
    Well… Niners beat the Bucs and Saints, Rams beat the Saints, Cards beat the Panthers, but yeah the Falcons beat the Seahawks….so NFC WEST vs NFC SOUTH= 4 west wins vs 1 south win……“I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it”.

  38. dgforreal says: Jul 6, 2012 1:04 PM

    Put a sock in it and play football.

  39. kleppnasty says: Jul 6, 2012 1:08 PM

    Not sure why non 49ers fans hate Smith so much these days. He’s a pretty nice guy and hasn’t really said anything that isn’t true.

    But I am loving the guy who wrote that Smith/49ers were “lucky” to beat the Saints. What game were you watching?! The 9ers got 5 turnovers, but also dropped about 3 or 4 other ints. In the 4th Qtr the Saints big scores were a dump off pass to Sproles who turned it into a big play, and a should be int that Graham caught because Donte went for the int instead of the pass defend (and then landed on Willis preventing the tackle). On the flip side, Smith had two perfectly thrown, over the shoulder passes to V Davis in the final two drives. One that set up Smith running for a TD from 20 yards way, the other to set up a dart into a tiny window that Davis caught for the game winner. Where was the luck exactly? Not saying that the 9ers dominated the Saints, if they played 10 times, the 9ers would probably win 6, but that game was won by Smith and the 9ers, not by luck.

  40. 49erstim says: Jul 6, 2012 1:11 PM

    @cowboycjn….every comment, whether I liked what they said or not, I considered. I tried to see where the commenter was coming from. Most times I didn’t agree, but there was no need to call them out…..that leads to you champ….. You sir are a nimrod. Did you honestly try the tired old excuse “the better team lost that day”? Give that garbage a rest. The 49ers were the best team that day. You’ve gotta win in ALL phases! Please watch a couple downs of football before commenting further….unless you wanna skip over to an AFL site. In that case good luck. Catch ya on the flip chump! :-)

  41. aigraiders says: Jul 6, 2012 1:47 PM

    So by Alex Smith’s “winning” logic, Trent Dilfer is a better QB than Dan Marino, Jim Kelly and Warren Moon????

    Puhleez. Football is a team game. There 11 starters on D and O. As a player, you are either helping your team win or riding your teammate’s coat tail. There are only 2 games last year where A Smith significantly helped his team win (vs Eagles and vs Saints). Other than that, A Smith was a long for the ride of the best D in the league as well as David Aker’s performance.

    Also, I dont recall a whole lot of A Smith Jerseys being worn at Candlestick last year or the previous 7 years. His jersey was being dumped on ebay. So all these A Smith fans are sudden bandwagon fans. But he will fall back to earth this year. those who think he had a break out year will be long disappointed. You can’t hide 7 years of track record.

  42. addmack24 says: Jul 6, 2012 2:09 PM

    I feel that the Saints had some unfortunate breaks in the first half that were uncharacheristic of the team. For instance the 17 pts off turnovers that the 9′ers were spotted in the first half. I am still disappointed that the Sainsts lost, they almost won still, but our defense gave it away, just like the year before in Seattle. The 9er’s won that day, but it won’t have the same ending this year. We will see how the 9er’s can play on a dry indoor field instead of the bog know as Candlestick. Alex won’t be so fortunate again.

  43. n0hopeleft says: Jul 6, 2012 2:12 PM

    Checkdown Charlie says what?

  44. discosucs2005 says: Jul 6, 2012 2:30 PM

    “So by Alex Smith’s “winning” logic, Trent Dilfer is a better QB than Dan Marino, Jim Kelly and Warren Moon????”

    This extreme argument is the most cliche and oft repeated statement on the topic.

    Winning is important, but it’s not the end all be all of rating individual players. Marino might not be as good as Montana, but he’s a lot better than Dilfer. In fact, seeing as Smith was talking about games won and not Super Bowls, I would wager all the QBs you listed won a lot more games than Dilfer, so the logic still holds up.

  45. dirtyjersey9er says: Jul 6, 2012 5:17 PM

    @admack24

    Yes lets see how Willis, Bowman, Brooks, and Aldon do on a fast track.

  46. whodatgirl1 says: Jul 7, 2012 12:26 AM

    I agree somewhat with what Smith said. Positive stats don’t matter if it’s an “L”. However, being aware of stats–both positive and negative–help a player to improve.

    Newton is such a diva that he would find anything to be proud of. Winning six games isn’t something to be so proud of. But, the excuse will be that he was a rookie, and Peyton Manning didn’t win that many games when he was a rookie either.

    Personally, I thought Andy Dalton had a much better year than Newton. Even though he didn’t win, he still made the playoffs. I do feel that is quite an achivement be it you first year or not.

  47. tucson9er says: Jul 7, 2012 1:06 AM

    Lots of haters today, mostly the unintelligent kind; plenty of talk, nothing to back it up. First, Alex has never claimed to be better than any QB. Second, why in all that’s holy would Alex even consider a team like the Panthers, or Cowboys; that’s cruel and unusual punishment. Doubt all you like, but most of teams spoken here couldn’t compete at our level. The word by the way, smart guy, is anomaly; learn to spell. You only look more of an idiot when your comment is lame and misspelled. Please, if you can’t contribute intelligently then just lie down and shhhhhh. See how nice that is? Mommy will bring you milk. It truly hurts to read this garbage sometimes.

  48. pop562 says: Jul 7, 2012 5:29 AM

    Alex Smith had 6 come from behind wins against the bengals, eagles, lions, giants, Seahawks and in the playoff the Saints. In addition they were 4th quarter come back wins as well…yes the defense help but Alex Smith help win games by throwing only 5 int and 3 were bad catches by the receivers. Smith will only improve and not decline because he will have the same successful head coach and OC for the 2nd consecutive season…in addition he’s more motivated than ever to win.

  49. mrmorton10 says: Jul 8, 2012 10:34 AM

    The pressure will be on Smith this year as many are touting the 9ers as SB favorites. The QB has to eventually put up some numbers for that to happpen. They made a lot of good moves this year and if A.S. Doesn’t contibute with solid #’s the next big move they make will be replacing him.

  50. elohim7ks says: Jul 10, 2012 3:35 PM

    What the “heck you talking bout “Alex”. Sorry bud your a bum!, a wash, your among the bottom half of the QB’s in the league, and i stress bottom,like oh, say the bottom 5. Cam is a rookie an set the league on fire, Carolina is rebuilding and they have their corner stone. Be honest, your the reason he 49ers did’nt make it to the SuperBowl, you suck! and as long as your behind the QB the 49ers are going no where. So watch Cam’s highlight then watch yours, oh i’m sorry, you dont have any. The 49ers have a mean “D” and a chance to win it all, but the league changes fast, their going no where with you alex, your not a top notch QB and never will be,you bottom basement at best.

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