Panthers' Jon Beason Responds to 49ers QB Alex Smith's Comment on Cam Newton

Scott SemmlerAnalyst IIMay 25, 2012

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - JANUARY 22:  Alex Smith #11 of the San Francisco 49ers takes the field during player introductions against the New York Giants during the NFC Championship Game at Candlestick Park on January 22, 2012 in San Francisco, California.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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San Francisco 49ers quarterback Alex Smith may have barked up the wrong tree when he took his stance criticizing the importance of 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.

Here is what Smith had to say on Wednesday, per

"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."

Smith did not go any further, though he certainly 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 performances that leave fans in awe of his game totals. The overall consensus was that the 49ers went 13-3 this past season despite their quarterback play, not because of it.

That is why it was strange to see Smith have a response to a question like that. How could he not, though?

His team went to the NFC Championship last season, his coach loves him and he was just given several new weapons to throw to downfield. 

Life is good for Smith and the 49ers these days.

That is, until Carolina Panthers linebacker and Newton's teammate, Jon Beason, took to Twitter on Thursday to respond to Smith's comment on Newton, saying:

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.


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

Beason has every right to stand up and say something in defense of his quarterback, who happened to pass for almost 1,000 yards more than Smith in 2011. However, Smith started on a Super Bowl contender, whereas Newton was under center for a club that went 6-10.

Whether or not Smith responds to Beason is irrelevant at this point—although, knowing the way Jim Harbaugh works, we can expect this budding feud to come to an end. 

Both points are well-taken, but it is rather disappointing that the 49ers and Panthers do not play each other this season. That way, we could help determine which side truly wins the debate—a game-managing quarterback with a stellar defense or a highlight-reel quarterback whose team is stuck in the NFL cellar.

The bottom line here is that Smith has a tenacious defense on the field to help his team's cause. For now, that is all he needs.


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