Alex Smith, 6th Best QB in the NFL. That's right, according to footballoutsiders.com.
At Footballoutsiders.com, they do advanced statistical analysis. Their best stat is called DVOA, or Defense-adjusted Value Over Average. This number represents value, per play, over an average quarterback in the same game situations. In order to be ranked by FO, you need to have 59 passes -- Alex has 57. So he's unranked.
But if the threshold to being ranked was 2 passes lower, Alex Smith would have the 6th best rating in the NFL.
And that's not the only stat where he excels. Smith is also very high when you compare effective yards to real yards. Effective yards are yards you should be expected to get depending on the situation (opponent, game situation). Smith is getting about 24% more yards than expected. That puts him at #6 in the NFL, tied w/ Drew Brees.
Don't believe me? Look at the stats (link below). The kid is ballin his a$$ off -- give him credit.
[ Edited by nickbradley on Nov 3, 2009 at 11:12:21 ]