Last month, Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith said he doesn’t know what the term “game manager” means. (So much for that Utah education.)
On Monday, Chiefs coach Andy Reid suggested that, if Smith knew what the term means, he’d be proud.
“I think it’s a tribute to him,” Reid told Pro Football Talk on NBCSN. “I don’t know one great quarterback that hasn’t been a great game manager. So I think it’s a heck of a compliment, and he does that, he’s taken the youngest offensive line in the National Football League and helped them become better. One great thing about great quarterbacks is they make everyone around them a little better than what they are and he’s able to do that, including the head coach.”
It’s a brilliant response from Reid, taking a term that seems negative and making it a positive. And it comes from a guy who has taken a team that had plenty of negatives after the 2012 season and turning everything positive.
The biggest difference on the field has been the quarterback/game manager, who has managed the Chiefs to the franchise’s first 9-0 start since 2003, and Reid’s first 9-0 start ever.
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