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13 Oct 2011
49ers quarterback Alex Smith has been the tenth-best quarterback in the NFL by our metrics so far this year. Is that sustainable?
Posted by: Aaron Schatz on 13 Oct 2011
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15 Oct 2011, 1:45am by
He's had a couple of good games in a row before. The year they got Crabtree, he might have even finished in the top half for dvoa. Hell, Tarvaris Jackson has had statisticaly decent half-seasons before. I'd still rather have a guy you don't have to ask these questions about (say, Stafford, who has been similarly hot-and-cold)
What's being seen here is another example of the fact that "the QB's numbers" are really team passing game numbers, largely resulting from the skill and effort of the rest of the team. After all, he's only one of more than 11 regular players involved in the passing game (even if he is worth two or three others) so why would the team's numbers be "his"?
Those who may have doubts about this should say "Earl Morral", twice.
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