|OC: Alex Smith "best in the league" -- Thu Aug 1 3:35 pm --|
Pederson throws support behind ex-Niner QB
|The Chiefs paid a hefty price in acquiring Alex Smith from San Francisco for a second-round pick in this year’s NFL Draft and a conditional second- or third-round pick in 2014. Smith led San Francisco to the NFC championship game in 2011 and new Chiefs OC Doug Pederson believes strongly in his new quarterback.
“Ultimately, every team has to have a quarterback,” Pederson said. “I think we have the best in the league. There are a lot of great ones, but over time, Alex has proven he can get it done...he needs a team to embrace him.” (Kansas City Star)|
FF Today's Take: Hyperbole alert. Pederson is doing more to show Smith the team is "embracing him" than speaking the truth here. Given his history as a play-caller, new HC Andy Reid figures to trust Smith to air it out more often than he ever did with the Niners. With Dwayne Bowe serving as his only established receiving threat, Smith will likely be little more than a mid-range fantasy QB2 in 2013.