Originally posted by USArmyParatrooper
The problem isn't how the numbers look when you average all of Smith's games together. It's his inconsistency. Putting up record numbers against the Bills still only gets you 1 win.
He played subpar to poor in 4 our of 8 full starts. The 49ers have a dominant defense and running game. Of course they have a winning record.
Smith tends to thr ting threw the O-line and putting their hands all over Kaepernick, yet he never took a sack.
Subpar to poor? When? He had one bad game against the Giants; they'll do that to a QB when they are on. His numbers weren't great against the Jets, but his team won 34-0. His stats were nothing special against the Vikes and Seahawks, but I wouldn't describe them as "subpar".
If you have a dominant defense and a great running game, what you want your QB to do is to avoid turnovers and make a few plays. That's what Smith does. He's fifth in the league in QB rating. He's thrown only 5 picks. He takes sacks rather than put the ball up for grabs which is what a ball control team wants their QB to do. Granted his not a fantasy football dream, but he's been effective.
The Saints have the worst defense in the league by far (they give up 44 more yards per game than the next worst defense!) and Kaepernick could only get the offense in the end zone two times. He couldn't close the deal against the Rams. If Smith is now benched, he is benched after hitting 25 of 27 for 304 and 4 TDs with 0 INTs in his last two starts! That's ridiculous.
EDIT: Granted, Kaepernick played very well against the Bears.