Measuring Alex Smith

Alex Smith is playing like a top-10 QB in 2012. AP Photo/Tony Avelar

Alex Smith joined the "Stats are for Losers" club last season when he was compared to Drew Brees and Cam Newton. At some level, of course, the mantra that winning is all that matters is right; the NFL is a results-oriented business, and at the end of the day, you need to win to be considered successful. And Smith is definitely winning. Smith also learned in last season's NFC Championship Game that wins and losses cannot always be laid at the foot of the quarterback. Football after all is a game with 22 players on the field at all times, and although the QB can have a large impact on the outcome, he is not the only player who can. This is why statistics such as QBR are useful; they help assess the contribution the QB made to the win or loss.