Found May 28, 2012 on
Eye On Sports with Eric Williams:
San Francisco 49ers quarterback Alex Smith has been
mediocre throughout his NFL career and as close to a bust
as it gets as a former No. 1 overall draft pick.Would some of my Eye On Sports NFL fans please tell me what the hell is wrong with San Francisco 49ers quarterback Alex Smith!The mostly mediocre, near draft bust, has done absolutely nothing throughout his, but suddenly felt the urge to rip Carolina Panthers’ gifted signal-caller Cam Newton after helping the Niners go 13-3 this past season.Despite the fact that his team finished 29th in passing a year ago – and lost to the New York Giants in the NFC title game – Smith used Newton as an example last week to say that throwing for big numbers is overrated when all that really matters is victories."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 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."Now, maybe it’s me, but I find it absolutely hysterical that Smith, a guy that has never, ever come close to living up to being the No. 1 overall draft pick back in 2005, would pick on a guy that is coming off the greatest single season campaign for a rookie quarterback in NFL history.Also, prior to San Francisco turning things around under first-year head coach Jim Harbaugh, Smith had never led the Niners to more than seven victories in a single season, so it’s pretty pathetic that Smith would try to make it seem like he’s been winning double digit games every season. Even with last season’s 13-3 record on his resume, Smith still sports an uninspiring 32-34 record as a starter, which puts him more in Rex Grossman company than Cam Newton’s. Smith has completed just 58.0 percent of his passes throughout his career while throwing 68 touchdowns and 58 interceptions. Smith is coming off the first 3,000-yard passing season in 2011, but clearly was not the driving force behind Frisco’s success last season.No, while Cam Newton completed 60.0 percent of his passes for a whopping 4,051 yards and did a fantastic job in leading Carolina to a solid 6-10 record in his first season, Smith was helped out by a defense that finished second in points allowed (14.3 ppg) and a head coach that asked him to just ‘manage’ the game.In short, Alex Smith can try to make himself out to be the second coming of Tom Brady or somebody, but the fact of the matter is that Smith is as close to a ‘bust’ as it gets for a No. 1 overall draft pick – and he should be thanking his lucky stars that Harbaugh wasn’t ale to find a better option last season or Smith surely would have been a backup – or more likely – playing for another team.
BEST OF MAXIM
QB Alex Smith (San Francisco)
Smith could improve on the 17 touchdowns and 3144 yards he had in 2011 as the 49ers have gotten him 3 new receivers, Mario Manningham, AJ Jenkins, and Randy Moss. However, they added another running back through the draft too so they will still be a run heavy team. I also don’t see his 5 interceptions as replicable.
Projection: 3200 passing yards,...
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Not to be outdone, 49ers linebacker Patrick Willis chimed in via Twitter late Friday night:
Wins are Wins I stand with My...
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According to a brief mention in one of Maiocco’s latest articles. It looks as if Dashon Goldson is looking for a deal like Eric Weddle landed.
Goldson has yet to sign his franchise tender, that will pay him $6.212 million this season. In order to get Goldson signed to a long-term deal he is looking for a deal similar to the five-year, $40 million deal safety Eric Weddle signed...
WAR OF WORDS
San Francisco linebacker Patrick Willis backed Alex Smith on Twitter after Smith was blasted by Jon Beason for taking shots at Cam Newton.
San Francisco coach Jim Harbaugh insists the 49ers planned to have Alex Smith as their quarterback even while they examined the possibility of signing then-free agent Peyton Manning.
Harbaugh ended his weekly meeting with reporters on Wednesday by addressing what he says is the ''erroneous perception that we were flirting with Peyton Manning.''
Harbaugh called the...
49ers DB Tarell Brown joins Rob Dibble & Amy Van Dyken