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#1 MHS831

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Posted 25 May 2012 - 11:30 AM

To the QB of the 13-3 SF 49ers who felt it was appropriate to call out Cam Newton because, in his opinion, statistics do not equal victories:

First, Your career record is 19-31. How are you the expert on winning? you are in year 8. How were the Niners with you under center as a rookie? You threw 1 TD pass and had 11 interceptions in 2005. Not only was your record 4-12 in a weak division, but Football Outsiders called the niners not only the worst team in the NFL in 2005, but the worst team they have ever tracked. I am sure once Cam has 8 seasons amassed, he will easily be able to dwarf your 2011 dream season, where you average completion was higher than 7 yards for the first time in your career. It would seem that a lack of stats does not equate to victories either. And do not tell an NFC South team about winning just because you have the Seahawks, Rams, and Cardinals in your division. When they turn it around and I think they all got better this offseason, your six freebies in the W column will have to be earned. Your rookie QB rating: 40. Cam Newton: 84.5.

Secondly, you seem to be in the mood to assume that the QB's performance is the sole variable involved in winning. Convenient for you. Your defense led the league in turnover ratio to such a degree your weaknesses were hidden. Had you been expected to carry the team, you would have--right to the basement. Frankly, the name Alex Smith is a lot more similar to Tim Couch, Ryan Leaf, and Joey Harrington than it is Peyton Manning (sorry to bring that name up so soon), Tom Brady, or even Cam Newton.

Third, you fail to recognize the fact that the Panthers were hammered by injures on defense, so late game collapses were not Cam's fault. How can you blame the QB for a team losing a lead? For that to happen, the other team scores. Are you suggesting that he should carry the team to victory in the 4th quarter like you have done throughout your career? How many starters were on 49ers IR? A bad team trying to turn the corner and is hit with a third of the starters going to IR (Fua, McClain, Davis, Beason, Otah, Edwards, Gettis--not to mention several others) and you blame the QB? Jeanyus.

fourth, What Beason said. You are lucky to still have a job. You are a product of the system and a stellar defense. If you had been a second or third rounder and the team did not invest so much $$ in you, you would be bagging groceries now. Harbaugh is making you decent, but soon you will have to step up and make plays.

By the way: QBs who throw for over 300 yards have a 54% winning percentage. Cam is a winner on a losing team (in 2011), but you are a loser on a winning team. Stats are for losers, and so are excuses. Accept that the best season of your career by far was below a rookie's standard. Cam had no OTAs, no summer film sessions, no mentoring or coaching from the Panthers' staff untl training camp and he outplayed your best season ever. That is understandable-he outplayed every other rookie in NFL history, but calling him out was Stooopid. He tripled the teams' wins from the year before. He CARRIED the young, rebuilding, injured Panthers on his back to 6 wins as a rookie. You have never carried the Niners to victory--ever. Give your special teams and defense credit and do not try to take credit for the team's wins when you never once rallied your team to victory in the fourth quarter. 19-31? Tell us more about winning football.

#2 DoubleTrouble34

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Posted 25 May 2012 - 11:32 AM

you're taking this way to seriously..

#3 Panthro

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Posted 25 May 2012 - 11:33 AM

This letter was the Alex Smith of letters

#4 MHS831

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Posted 25 May 2012 - 11:39 AM

you're taking this way to seriously..

Just having fun with it--thanks for the tip though.

#5 MHS831

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Posted 25 May 2012 - 11:40 AM

This letter was the Alex Smith of letters


As you are the Alex Smith of Huddle "Staff"

#6 csx

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Posted 25 May 2012 - 11:41 AM

The fact that you care enough to write an essay about this bemuses me.

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Posted 25 May 2012 - 11:43 AM

The fact that you care enough to write an essay about this bemuses me.

I imagine a lot of things do, such as feeding yourself or tying your own shoes.

#8 TylerVagyler

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Posted 25 May 2012 - 11:47 AM

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Posted 25 May 2012 - 11:51 AM

As if I'm gonna read all that

#10 Herbert The Love Bug

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Posted 25 May 2012 - 11:55 AM

Seriously? First off tl/dr, But I love how you say letter to Alex Smith, but really it is just a letter to the huddle for us to read in hopes of everyone telling you how cool you are. So lame.

#11 Marguide

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Posted 25 May 2012 - 11:58 AM

I enjoyed it. Don't mind the smartasses.

IIRC, you were not at all sold on Cam pre-draft, so it's nice to see you defend him.

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Posted 25 May 2012 - 12:00 PM

Basically all you had to say is:

Dear Mr Smith:

Cam is an entertainer and icon. You, however, are a perpetrator and I yawn.

Sincerely,

Unconcerned Panthers Fan.

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Posted 25 May 2012 - 12:04 PM

Basically all you had to say is:

Dear Mr Smith:

Cam is an entertainer and icon. You, however, are a perpetrator and I yawn.

Sincerely,

Unconcerned Panthers Fan.


OK, maybe it's lame too, but if I'm going to be lame, I'd rather keep it short. Sorry.

#14 googoodan

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Posted 25 May 2012 - 12:07 PM

lol @ people coming to a message board typing a message to tell someone else he's wasting time by typing a message.

its time for another "our fanbase is stoopid" thread

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Posted 25 May 2012 - 12:10 PM

I would have made sure to point out that the NFC West is so weak, that our 2-14 squad from 2010 finished .500 against that division. That includes a win over San Fran, a game in which Alex Smith started.

I probably would have included 2011 when telling Alex Smith his record as a starter.


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