49ers QB Alex Smith back-pedals on Cam Newton diss
Back in May, Alex Smith defended his style-of-play and in-doing-so sent out an uninvited diss to Panthers QB Cam Newton.
“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.”
Oof. Well not shockingly somebody took to Twitter to defend Cam’s honor and it was none other than the Panther’s enforcer/MLB Jon Beason.
“Alex Smith, don’t hate on Cam Bc 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 recently decided it might be a good idea for whatever reason to recant the tone of his earlier comments according to the Mercury News.
“Obviously I got carried away there [by talking about Cam Newton]. 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.”
“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.”
“For me it’s about winning games,” Smith added. “I said the same thing last year when we played the Saints in the playoff. 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.”
If these two teams were facing each other in the regular season, it’s safe bet we might even see 49er’s LB Patrick Willis getting in on this action to set-off a worthy contender for the most-anticipated- game-of-the-year fueled-by-wolf-tickets-and- trash-talking.