After signing quarterback Alex Smith back in March, dropping former starter Matt Cassel, the Kansas City Chiefs say got a steal.
Offensive coordinator Doug Pederson told the Kansas City Star that the 29-year-old is the “best in the league” at the QB position.
“Ultimately, every team has to have a quarterback,” Pederson told the paper. “I think we have the best in the league.”
According to ESPN.com, Smith finished seventh in Total QBR, ESPN’s quarterback rating system, last season with 70.1. Peyton Manning (84.1) finished first, followed by Tom Brady (77.1), and then Colin Kaepernick (76.8), who replaced Smith in San Francisco.
Also, Matt Ryan (74.5), Aaron Rodgers (72.5) and Robert Griffin III (71.4) all finished higher than him.
Despite numbers, the team says Smith is proven…
“There are a lot of great ones, but over time, Alex has proven he can get it done,” Pederson said. “He’s a sharp guy, he brings a wealth of knowledge, he’s experienced, he’s a proven winner the last couple of years, and he needs a team to embrace him.”
What do you think? Is Alex Smith the best quarterback in the NFL?