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Monday, December 22, 2014

Patrick Willis backs Alex Smith in the wins-stats debate

Alex Smith started a mini-firestorm when he cited Cam Newton as an example of why passing yards don’t matter too much as a stat. Newton’s teammate Jon Beason, a linebacker with the Panthers, supported his quarterback by challenging Smith’s credentials.

Not to be outdone, 49ers linebacker Patrick Willis chimed in via Twitter late Friday night:


It’s a sweet gesture from Willis, but like I said when Beason made his statement, neither passing stats nor wins is the proper way to evaluate a quarterback. Without the dominant Willis-led defense, Smith’s win-loss record wouldn’t be very good. Give Cam Newton the 49ers’ defense, and he would have won double-digit games.

H/T Pro Football Talk



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