The Baltimore Ravens’ decision to sign backup quarterback Marc Bulger, likely at the expense of last year’s backup, Troy Smith, doesn’t seem to be sitting well with everyone on the team: Both starting quarterback Joe Flacco and safety Ed Reed have hinted that they would have preferred to have Smith remain in the team’s No. 2 slot.
But Smith himself says he’s cool with welcoming Bulger to the team.
“I’m proud to have another teammate. He’s definitely a good guy. I’ve been a fan of his for a while. That side of what’s going on, I can’t control,” Smith told the Baltimore Sun.
Smith says he doesn’t have any problem with having to compete for a spot on the roster.
“Everybody gets a chance to compete, though. That’s the way the game is. Even Joe is in competition. We all get a chance to bond together and become a great quarterback group,” Smith said.
Realistically, that’s the only thing Smith can say. Even if Smith resents Bulger’s presence, it would be foolish of him to say so. Smith’s best chance of keeping a job as an NFL quarterback is to say he embraces the competition from the player who was brought in to take his job.