What if Alex Smith and Eli Manning switched teams?

ESPN.com’s Mike Sando has unearthed two very interesting takes on Alex Smith – one is a stat and one is a scout’s opinion.

First, the stat. According to an ESPN stats and information analyst, John McTigue, Alex Smith has thrown the lowest percentage of passes in 2011 which have been intercepted or defensed – 5.8%.

Aaron Rodgers has the next lowest percentage.

What does this mean to you?

To me it shows just how careful Smith has been with the football. He won’t try to force a pass, and when he misses a receiver he usually misses high, that way no one can catch the ball.

This stat also shows that Greg Roman is doing a very good job calling plays on offense, and that the 49ers receivers are getting open.

Sando also interviewed Matt Williamson from Scout’s Inc., and here’s that transcript.

Williamson considers Eli Manning an elite quarterback, and he says if the Niners had him they would be the best team in the NFL – better than the Packers.

On the other hand, if the Giants had Alex Smith, Williamson says the Giants “might win two games.”

Is that fair?

I think Williamson’s going a little far. If the Giants had Alex Smith, they still might be a good team. But I admit I’m unsure. What do you think?


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