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Alex Smith on Drew Brees: ‘He can throw for as many yards as he wants … I’m looking to outscore him’

Jan 11, 2012, 11:55 AM EDT

Giants 49ers Football AP

On one hand, it’s good to see Alex Smith come out of his shell and show a little edge to his personality. He’s earned it. On the other, I think I prefer the humble approach to this. On Tuesday, reporters asked if Smith could “out-throw” Saints’ QB Drew Brees. Smith:

“I have no idea. I don’t care. I really don’t care. I’m looking to outscore him. He can throw for how many yards as he wants to,” Smith said in his final answer to the swarm of reporters at his locker.

“It’s obviously new territory for a lot of us, me included, to still be playing football right now,” Smith said. “It was fun watching games last weekend, knowing we had a game coming up and we’re still rolling. It’s exciting. We’re not reflecting on it and enjoying still playing football.”

While much of the nation suffers from Tim Tebow fatigue this week, I can attest to the fact that much of Northern California is suffering from Drew Brees fatigue. Brees’ arm is all anyone in the media is talking about when it comes to this matchup, and I don’t blame the 49ers for being a little miffed about it.

Of course knowing Smith, he may have just been having a bit of fun with everyone. At any rate, has there ever been more eating of crow than there has been this year with the success of Smith and Tebow? And you expert prognosticators all know who you are.

  1. parkcityute - Jan 11, 2012 at 2:10 PM

    Keep dreaming, Smith. You would have to have a relationship with your coach as does Brees and Peyton, to have a chance. They work together like hand in glove. It is good to have confidence, but maybe that is going a little far. That will probably motivate Brees into a record setting performance (oh that is what he is doing every week now, isn’t it?)

  2. l0yalr0yal - Jan 11, 2012 at 2:50 PM

    Oh, Alex Smith.

    How quickly you forget that as of late, your team has been 4-12, 7-9, 5-11, 7-9, 8-8, and 6-10.
    How quickly you forget that your starting job was miraculously saved by a coach whose focus is to take the game out of the quarterback’s control.
    How quickly you forget that your division was a combined 17-31.

    Now, you’re absolutely right when you say “This is obviously new territory”. And when on new territory, wise advice is to tread carefully. Even though the 49ers are in the playoffs, I don’t think you’re going to hear a lot of guys in the locker room proclaiming “I trust Alex Smith to make throws”.

    Why?

    Because Alex Smith has been the quarterback in San Francisco and everyone knows what he’s capable of. New Orleans are only the second team in playoff history to be favored. Vegas knows the Saints don’t play well on the road. Vegas knows the Saints don’t play well outdoors. Vegas knows about San Francisco’s highly touted defense. Vegas knows how good Drew Brees is and what he’s capable of.

    In turn, Vegas also knows what Alex Smith is capable of. And it doesn’t look like a favorable matchup for a quarterback whose role was by far the most limited of any NFL quarterback. The numbers don’t lie. Of all the quarterbacks in the league who started 16 games, Alex Smith’s numbers were way behind every single name on that list. There are even several quarterbacks who didn’t start all 16 games for their team, and still put up bigger numbers. John Harbaugh isn’t an idiot. He adapted his gameplay to get by without putting the game in the hands of someone who isn’t capable of handling it. This allowed him to win the division, while focusing almost solely on signing defensive players. Unfortunately for the 49ers, they haven’t faced a team with an offense as potent as the New Orleans. And you’re going to see some flaws exposed in this secondary (see Lions, Detroit). It’s just too big of a matchup for the 49ers to keep up with.

    If the game doesn’t pan out with the Saints on top, by at least two touchdowns, let me know so I can return to the spot of my demise and eat my words. But I feel about $4,000 confident the Saints will win the game and easily cover the spread.

    • annemaura516 - Jan 12, 2012 at 9:22 PM

      Let me serve you your words on a gold plate – you have the wrong team since John Harbaugh is coach of the Baltimore Ravens, not the SF 49ers so go back and check your football knowledge. Little brother Jim coaches the 49ers. Might I recommend you go bone up on your football and then post an intelligent post?

    • annemaura516 - Jan 12, 2012 at 9:23 PM

      10yalr0yal –

      Let me serve you your words on a gold plate – you have the wrong team since John Harbaugh is coach of the Baltimore Ravens, not the SF 49ers so go back and check your football knowledge. Little brother Jim coaches the 49ers. Might I recommend you go bone up on your football and then post an intelligent post?

      • l0yalr0yal - Jan 13, 2012 at 9:46 AM

        I know who the coach is. I made a mistake. You’ve never made one?

        Thanks for pointing it out, and for your kind reccomendation; however, the only “boning up on” I’m going to be doing will be done on your wife.

  3. parkcityute - Jan 11, 2012 at 3:05 PM

    You have $4K on the line? That is putting your money where your mouth is, that is for sure. I am encouraged to put a few hundred down. Do you think the line will get more favorable as the date approaches, or less?

    You are quite right. Harbaugh has taken the games out of Smith’s hands this season. It is more than presumptuous for Smith to make such statements, but at the same time to give ammunition to the Saints…well Harbaugh or someone in the 49er org ought to have put a muzzle on Smith.

  4. Dirty D Fo - Jan 11, 2012 at 3:38 PM

    Betting on the favorite is not how you make a ton of money… Always gotta go with the underdog to bring in some real cash.

  5. l0yalr0yal - Jan 11, 2012 at 4:29 PM

    I think the spread will hold. If not, in either direction, I feel pretty good about the game. I’ve been watching San Francisco alot this year, and they’re vulnerable. There are alot of teams you could plug in to the NFC west in place of the 49ers, and they would look a lot better than they actually are. The saints are winners of nine straight games right now, and really, none of those games were even that close. The 49ers slid past the Seahawks and the Rams in the closing weeks, and not convincingly so.

    Also, I should point out that I don’t have $4,000 just sitting around to shell out. I have done exceptionally well this year. I started with $300 and decided I was going to ride the whole thing out, no matter how big it got. I wasn’t doing too bad, considering, and I haven’t bet every week, rather only when I feel confident, and a decent chunk of the 4k I currently hold was won on a certain mile-high miracle that you may or may not have seen last week. I’ve got another, smaller bet in for the Giants to beat the Packers that I also feel pretty good about.

    As far as the AFC, I see the Ravens handling the Texans with ease, and I see the Patriots coming out on top, but by a much lesser margin than we saw a couple of weeks ago.

    • parkcityute - Jan 12, 2012 at 9:22 PM

      Thanks for the info. I don’t have the $4K now but hope to do as you have done, slowly over time. I watch the mile high guys all the time. They are my team of choice since they are close and I wanted to support the underdogs (well I am a Ute and Ute fan, so I am used to that). It is good to see some passes being attempted and completed down field (as I understand that Elway wanted as well).

      It would be great if the Giants could beat the Packers. That would really be great. I have held out hope. Thanks for the tips.

      • l0yalr0yal - Jan 13, 2012 at 9:55 AM

        If you’re going to bet on games, the best advice I can give you is to place big bets against rookie quarterbacks early in the season.

        Even though Cam Newton turned out to be a pretty legitimate guy, the spreads on the panthers games were pretty generous and, as you know, he didn’t do a whole lot of winning out in Carolina. Coming out of the draft, I think they buy high on some of those guys, and the spreads can reflect it. When Colt McCoy was making his first few starts last season, I made a lot of money. Same thing with Christian Ponder, but his story is a little different with Adrian Peterson in the backfield and a somewhat legitimate defense. Next year, I will be looking alot at Robert Griffin in the early going. I think Jake Locker has a good NFL future ahead of him, but if the Titans end up starting him over Hassleback, which will happen in time, watch the spreads on those games also.

        It’s very rare that a rookie quarterback goes out and wins 10 games in a season, which offers you an excellent opportunity to win money on anywhere from six to eight games in a season.

        And one last thing, I think a lot of people can attest to: If you’re not feeling it, don’t bet it. There was a decent spread on the Saints @ St. Louis game earlier this year, and I had considered betting on it. I just had a strange feeling about the game (and all of you haters, I’m not saying I called the thing), and I let up. Lucky I did, because look what happened. But, there have been other times when I get a gut feeling and go against it regardless, and when it turns out your gut was right and you watch hundreds (sometimes thousands) of dollars slip away, it’s a tough tilt to get over.

  6. whisky4u - Jan 11, 2012 at 6:59 PM

    Did Smith say he was “going to outscore him” or “looking to outscore him”? Makes a big difference.

  7. carolinakid - Jan 14, 2012 at 3:52 PM

    Way to stick your peen in the hornets nest there Alex.

    Drew Brees ,or should I say Drew “BEAST”, is gonna slice that defense up like a pizza.