Eric Smith v. Yeremiah Bell: Tale of the Tape

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I took a look at the stats of Yeremiah Bell and Eric Smith, from 2006-present, since Smith entered the league in 2006. Here is what I came up with:

Tackles: Eric Smith 290, Yeremiah Bell 515

That was expected based on the reputation. But now look at passing related stats:

Passes Defended: Eric Smith 21, Yeremiah Bell 40

Wait, I thought he couldn’t cover anybody?

Interceptions: Eric Smith 5, Yeremiah Bell 5

Again, I thought Bell couldn’t play pass defense?

My point is that Yeremiah Bell is a clear upgrade to Eric Smith, in both the run defense and pass defense. And even if he wasn’t a good pass defender, I don’t think this would happen you Yeremiah Bell:

Yeremiah Bell is clearly a better tackler than that, and for that reason alone he is an upgrade to Eric Smith.

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Topics: Alan Schechter, Free Agent, Jets Sign Yeremiah Bell, NY Jets, Pass Defense, Safety, Yeremiah Bell

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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.

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