Posted May 25, 2012 on AP on Fox

CHARLOTTE, NC - DECEMBER 06: Teammates Richard Marshall #31 and Jon Beason #52 of the Carolina Panthers celebrate after a turnover during their game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Bank of America Stadium on December 6, 2009 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
Jon Beason may not play offensive tackle, but he's certainly not afraid to protect his quarterback. Beason, the Panthers' three-time Pro Bowl linebacker, fired back Friday at San Francisco 49ers quarterback Alex Smith via Twitter after comments he perceived were a slam on Carolina teammate Cam Newton. Beason wrote, ''Alex smith, don't hate on Cam (because) your stats would've gotten u cut if Peyton decided to come 2 San Fran. Truth b told. That's after a 13-3 yr.'' Smith used Newton as an example earlier this week that big stats don't always equate to wins. When Smith was asked Wednesday about the 49ers finishing 29th in NFL in passing yards per game last year, he defended the offense by pointing out the team's record. The 49ers went 13-3 and won their division before losing to the New York Giants in the NFC Championship. ''I could absolutely care less on yards per game,'' Smith told a group of reporters. ''I think that is a totally overblown stat because if you're losing games...
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