Originally posted by tjd808185:
Originally posted by NineFourNiner:
Yeah. Even for those that say his time on IR = active time, this is his SEVENTH year, so there were SIX prior years, not seven.
It's fine to hate the guy, but don't make stuff up, too.
I don't get this argument. This is Alex's 7th year suiting up in a Niner jersey. I think everyone knows that means he's got 6 years of play under his belt maximum. You're just talking semantics here. If Smith was a 2nd year starter people would be saying it's his 2nd year. I don't think anyone would be implying he already has 32 starts under his belt.
Your 2nd season begins at the start of the football calendar. That's just how people describe career length.
But they usually explain extenuating circumstances...such as, he sat on the bench for the first four years, or he played in the USFL for a year or two and then for a bad TB team. So, we can get a more accurate picture rather than stating a number of years. Another example--Smith and Rodgers have almost the same number of yards per season. Of course, I did not explain that I am not counting Smith's lost year but I am counting Rodgers years as a non starter (he did have yards those years but Smith had no yards during the year he did not play).
Whether you love or hate Smith it's better to put all the info out for examination. That is why I appreciate posters like Oldman9er--even when I disagree with him it is not for lack of understanding his position. There are many posters on both sides of the Smith debate I appreciate...just can't name them all.