Eric Smith v. Yeremiah Bell: Tale of the Tape

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December 18, 2011; Philadelphia, PA USA; Philadelphia Eagles tight end Brent Celek (87) runs past New York Jets safety Eric Smith (33) on a 73 yard catch during the game at Lincoln Financial Field. The Eagles won 45-19. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-US PRESSWIRE

Dec 18, 2011; Orchard Park, NY, USA; Miami Dolphins strong safety Yeremiah Bell (37) and cornerback Sean Smith (24) tackle Buffalo Bills running back C.J. Spiller (28) out of bounds during the second half at the Ralph Wilson Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Richard Mackson-US PRESSWIRE

There has been a lot of talk about the signing of Yeremiah Bell. Specifically, the talk has been about whether the Jets have upgraded the safety position as a result of this signing. We all know that Eric Smith had his difficulty in pass defense over the middle of the field, and they say Yeremiah Bell is not known for pass coverage. I have heard that Eric Smith is actually better in pass coverage than Bell. This prompted a tale of the tape, where we break down the stats and see if that is really true.

The breakdown, you will find, is very interesting.

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  • RalphAnthonyRagsMorales

    You should use more concise stats. First, you need to use the players height, weight, and 40 speed. Then you need to make it clear how many times each player was targeted. A case can be made that QB’s aren’t afraid to pass into Bell’s coverage or zone.

    • Alan Schechter

      Thanks for reading.

      My point had nothing to do with their sizes, so that really wasn’t relevant. My point was simply that their stats are comparable, that’s all. And there is no way anyone has been afraid to throw at Eric Smith. He couldn’t cover me these days.