Sabrina B.

San Francisco 49ers’ quarterback Alex Smith may have barked up the wrong tree when he took his stance on the yards per game category in the NFL. It was not his stance on the subject that was the problem, but who he cited as the main culprit of the statistic.

Here is what Smith had to say on Wednesday.

“I could absolutely care less on yards per game,” Smith said. “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.”

It was really Smith’s only answer to the question, although he could have left out Newton’s name from his answer. Of course Smith would not care about statistics or yards per game, because he rarely has any games where we stand in shock of his game totals. The 49ers were 13-3 and the overall consensus seems to be that the team won so many games despite their quarterback play and not because of it.

Carolina’s Panthers linebacker and Newton’s teammate, Jon Beason, took to Twitter on Thursday to respond to Smith’s comment on Newton.

A fair point, although many quarterbacks in the NFL would have lost their jobs to Peyton Manning this offseason—not just Smith.