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Andy Reid Credits Jim Harbaugh With Alex Smith Development

Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

It has been awhile since San Francisco 49er fans heard news about Alex Smith who is now a quarterback with the Kansas City Chiefs. The 49ers traded Smith to the Chiefs during the off-season for two draft picks and he will be the starter at quarterback for Kansas City.

Chiefs head coach Andy Reid, who is also in his first year with the team, believes Smith can be the franchise quarterback the team has been lacking for years. Reid believes this not only because of Smith’s productive ten games he played in last season before getting injured and replaced by Colin Kaepernick. Smith threw for 1,737 yards and 13 touchdowns with a 70.2 completion percentage. But he also attributes Smith’s talents to Jim Harbaugh’s tutelage:

I think Jim Harbaugh did a nice job with him out in San Francisco. He was productive out there. What we’re doing here is just what you’re saying. Everybody is all on board. He’s a good football player. He has good leadership. I’m asking him to do a ton of things. He’s handling it. We’ve had an interception here or there, but that’s all part of this thing. You have to find out about the offense, and you can’t do it with your hands in your pocket. You have to go out and you have to try things and experiment. That’s what he’s doing right now. At the same time, you’re training the receivers, and they’re running their tails off for him. It’s just good stuff. He’s staying aggressive with the ball, and I appreciate that.

Harbaugh’s development of Smith will help Reid and the Chiefs avoid losing 14 games again like last season. But if you were to ask Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles about Smith, he thinks Smith is a Super Bowl-caliber quarterback:

I think he is [a Super Bowl-caliber QB]. He’s got a great arm. He’s been winning most all of his career. I think he wants to prove people wrong: That he is a good quarterback, that he can stay consistent…he probably felt like everybody forgot about him because of the Kaepernick situation and being a backup. Making it to the Super Bowl but not playing in the Super Bowl. Everybody wants to play in the Super Bowl. So, I think he’s got a lot to prove and he’s a Super Bowl quarterback… with the passion to go out and prove people wrong.

Yes, Smith is a good quarterback. But no, he is not a Super Bowl-caliber quarterback. Of all the wonders that Harbaugh can do as a quarterback guru, molding Smith into a Super Bowl-caliber is not one of them. That’s a knock on Smith, not Harbaugh.

Good luck to Reid in getting to the Super Bowl with Smith at quarterback. There’s a reason why Smith was known as a game-manager while with the 49ers.

Topics: 49ers, 49ers 2013, Alex Smith, Andy Reid, Jim Harbaugh, Niners, San Francisco 49ers

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  • jeffy weffy

    If Smith is not a Superbowl caliber QB…Does that then mean Colin Kaepernick is just strictly a losing Superbowl caliber QB?…Maybe we need Trent Dilfer who was not a Superbowl caliber QB despite winning the Superbowl playing QB… I think I would just rather have a Superbowl caliber TEAM who wins the Superbowl because they believe that their QB is capable…Is‘nt that what Jamaal Charles was referring to…when talking about Smith

    • jim

      I agree with what you say, thank you San Fran, GEAUX CHIEFS !!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Catherine Strickland

    Alex Smith and the 49ers were on their way to the 2011 Superbowl when Kyle Williams fumbled the ball twice giving the Giants a chance to score a field goal and win the game in overtime. In 2012 Smith was denied his Superbowl chance again when he was replaced by Harbaugh for Kapernick who lost it. If ever a first class quarterback was hungry, it’s got to be Alex Smith. This year I’m a KC fan because they have one very fine quarterback.

    • jim

      You tell them Catherine :), GEAUX CHIEFS !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Suzi Conger

      Ditto Catherine!! Go Chiefs!!

  • tnafam

    Who are you to say who is a superbowl caliber?

    • Suzi Conger

      If you mean Eric….I agree. I trust CJ’s and AReid’s opinion…