Andy Reid: Alex Smith “gets it,” and his arm is strong enough to win a championship

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After Andy Reid became the head coach in Kansas City, the first order of business was to find a quarterback. Coincidentally, the 49ers were looking to lose a quarterback.

Win. Win.

As Reid and Alex Smith start their fourth season together with the Chiefs, Reid addressed the question of why Smith doesn’t get more credit beyond the organization for his skills and abilities.

“I think it’s how you start, you know?” Reid said on Friday’s PFT Live on NBC Sports Radio and NBCSN. “Your first impression’s the one that kind of hangs with you for a while. So here he was, a kid that comes in as a first pick and then goes through seven or eight different coordinators and different offenses and different head coaches. Finally, he gets Jim [Harbaugh] in there and he settled down and played pretty good football then he got hurt but he was always trying to overcome those early years. Every year he was learning a new system. That’s tough on a quarterback now, I’ll tell you. So he’s been with us now for four years. He’s in a groove and been playing good football for us and, heck, he can still get better. That’s the great thing about football. We can all get better as the years go on, coaches and players. That’s a great thing.”

So what’s the best thing Smith does?

“He’s highly intelligent and he just gets it,” Reid said. “I’m not telling you he’s got the strongest arm in the league, but he’s got plenty strong enough to win a championship with and he knows how to use it. I’ve got full trust in the guy, he’s been a real pleasure to coach.”

49ers coach Chip Kelly may be wishing that he were coaching Smith right now, which may have happened if the team hadn’t picked Colin Kaepernick over Smith. Some (like PFT Live producer and ardent 49ers fan Rob “Stats” Guerrera) think the 49ers kept the right guy. The rest of the reasonably-minded world knows otherwise.

Then again, I’ve never accused Stats of being reasonably minded.

22 responses to “Andy Reid: Alex Smith “gets it,” and his arm is strong enough to win a championship

  1. Shh–this goes against the narrative that it was wise to keep the one read pony who is about to be cut from his team and has an IQ in double digits

  2. Sure Fat Andy, but off HGH Peyton Manning did, so anything is possible. Slight problem is just the KC defense isn’t in the same galaxy as that Bronco one was last year. Also, I don’t think the team was trying to trade up to get Paxton Lynch just because they see 5 or 6 more years with Alex at the helm.

  3. Smith can’t put the team on his back. He went a whole year without throwing a touchdown to a WR. That is absurd. His yards per attempt is an astoundingly low number. Plays not the turn the ball over not to really win. That is way he doesn’t get credit.

  4. Very few NFL QBs can put a team on their back the ones that can are called Elite for a reason, which is one thing that he will never be confused for.

    The best thing for the Chiefs is the AFC West is wide open, Denver losing some pretty good players to FA on that Defense, and The only QB carrying over for last year was the 3rd stringer.

  5. 8-8. AFC West goes to the Raiders This is the second best team in the division behind Oakland. I guess I can give them that.

  6. Which would you rather have? The game manager who is consistent, but as pointed out cannot single handedly put you over the top (although with the right people, could win an SB cough, Brad Johnson, cough, Trent Dilfer, cough, cough), or the guy with the tired arm who likely won’t beat out Blaine Gabbert?

  7. ummm…..yeah……smith is 32 and never thrown for 3500 yards or 25 TD’s

    he’s right down there with mark sanchez……good thing they have foles

  8. dougchillin says:
    Aug 26, 2016 2:17 PM
    Smith can’t put the team on his back.

    The 2011/12 NFC Divisional Playoff game 49ers vs. Saints would disagree with you.

  9. stampede101 says:
    Aug 26, 2016 2:59 PM

    dougchillin says:
    Aug 26, 2016 2:17 PM
    Smith can’t put the team on his back.

    The 2011/12 NFC Divisional Playoff game 49ers vs. Saints would disagree with you.
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    Can’t deny he played a nice game. But that was one game. Can’t really count on him to do that consistently for you.

  10. dougchillin says:
    Aug 26, 2016 3:17 PM
    stampede101 says:
    Aug 26, 2016 2:59 PM

    dougchillin says:
    Aug 26, 2016 2:17 PM
    Smith can’t put the team on his back.

    The 2011/12 NFC Divisional Playoff game 49ers vs. Saints would disagree with you.
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    Can’t deny he played a nice game. But that was one game. Can’t really count on him to do that consistently for you.
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    Did it in the AFC Wildcard in 2013/14 as well against the Colts, but the banged up defense and being without Charles hurt them. 44-45 was the score.

    Last year against the Pats would also be one, considering the only weapon he had was Kelce, and they were down to their 4th RB in Davis.

    By the way, the year he had no TDs to a WR Bowe was the #1 who went on to the Browns to ride the bench. All the WRs outside of Albert Wilson arent even in the league. He was in the middle of the pack of TDs that year. If anything its amazing he did that with the lack of production from receivers.

    Smith steps up, its the narrative that has stuck cause people refuse to see past it.

  11. Haters gonna hate, but the fact is alex IS gonna take the Chiefs to the Super Bowl this year.

    1 Arrowhead drive will be rockin this year as the Chiefs take the AFC West back.
    Chiefs Nation will raise the world record decibel level even higher as KC hosts the AFC Title game , and the nation watches as thee Chiefs march on the the Lombardi game.

    Alex smith never had talented recievers to work with before.
    Now he has Maclin, Kelce and Conley.
    With the leagues best stable of Running Backs, the Chiefs are gonna pound opponents into submission.

    Alex the “game manager” is exactly what this championship team needs out of a QB

  12. The Fatman and Alice Smith really are made for each other, good from far but far from good.

  13. If Viking fans are expecting to get to the Super Bowl, they must think the Chiefs will be the opposition.
    Bridgewater = Smith 2.0

  14. myopinionisrighterthanyours ,
    I don’t know. Considering that the guy with the tired arm is in a much worse situation than Alex was at a comparable time in his career when he was sucking the first 7 years of his career, I’d take the guy with the tired arm since he was 1 play away from winning the Super Bowl. The other guy has had excellent defenses now for 5 straight years and hasn’t even come close, which makes me believe he can’t do it.

  15. realfootballfan says:
    Aug 26, 2016 6:36 PM
    myopinionisrighterthanyours ,
    I don’t know. Considering that the guy with the tired arm is in a much worse situation than Alex was at a comparable time in his career when he was sucking the first 7 years of his career, I’d take the guy with the tired arm since he was 1 play away from winning the Super Bowl. The other guy has had excellent defenses now for 5 straight years and hasn’t even come close, which makes me believe he can’t do it.

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    Kind of ironic how he ends up having top defenses, maybe its because he doesn’t turn it over? Thus the opposing offenses have a longer field to go. But nah lets defend the gimmick QB that still cant get off his first read.

    By the way if you saw the playoff games, you’d see how Smith has carried the team with hampered defense. And lacking weapons.

    But sure take the guy with the tired arm, he’ll be out of the league shortly.

  16. All that Smith does is win. He does not beat his team by trying to jack up his stats forcing back breaking throws that result in turnovers. He has never had an above average group of receivers until they got Maclin to pair with Kelce. Hopefully Conley will develop in to a good #2 WR. Most of Smith’s O-lines have been mediocre at best and most years piss poor. Smith is intelligent, accurate, a great athlete, and a class act.

    The guy that the 49ers kept is a train wreck on and off the field. Smith and the Chiefs are laughing their asses off. We 49er fans, not so much. Talk about a one sided trade. Ouch.

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