Alex Smith For Browns Starting Quarterback!

As the rumor mill starts to swirl and it becomes apparent that Alex Smith’s preferred destination may actually be Cleveland, I’ve decided he has my vote to take the starting job from Brandon Weeden.  Here’s my case for why.

1.  Alex Smith is two years younger, with seven years of NFL starting experience.  Yeah.  This is why drafting a 27 year old quarterback in the first round was as stupid as it was pointless.  Sure, Smith struggled early in his career.  You know what that means right?  His growing pains, his development, those things are largely in the past.  He is a mature, respected leader in the 49ers locker room, even after being benched.  He’s got a ton of time playing, and…

2.  His numbers are better.  He is arguably in his prime, coming off his best two seasons.  He rarely throws bad passes, rarely throws interceptions, and never makes awful decisions.  He’s smart (check his IQ and wonderlic), balanced, and can run an offense.  Today.  Not in 2 years, but today.  Which means…

3.  Alex Smith gives the Browns the best chance to be relevant this season of any options on the table. I’ll even go out on the limb and say that with Smith starting, the Browns will win 9 games minimum this coming season. Why? He’s a veteran leader, and an amazingly efficient game manager. He will help develop those young receivers far better than Weeden could hope too. And, he’s smart enough to not be upset and handing the ball off to Richardson. San Fran made it to the NFC championship last year with that strategy. But what if we need to throw the ball downfield…

4. Smith is better at everything Weeden is supposed to be good at. Big arm? Check. Pocket Presence? Check. Add to that that Smith is way more accurate and way less turnover prone. Then, factor in that Smith can actually run (more of an Aaron Rodgers type in that regard), unlike the highly immobile Weeden, and you can see how this is starting to add up. But to my final point…

5. Smith is a better long term option. Haslam and Banner have talked nonstop about building this team for the long haul. Smith is younger, and less likely to make the kind of mistakes that will get him fired. Additionally, after he’s had a good run with the team, he’s far more likely to help train up his future replacement. Look at what’s happened with the 49ers. The coaches and Kaepernick give immediate recognition to the fact that Smith has helped coach Kaepernick up more than anyone. If he’s willing to do that in his prime, you’d better believe he’ll be as classy at the end of his career. Which, I’m hoping is in Cleveland.

Alex Smith may not be the Quarterback that Browns fan want, but he’s the one they deserve. And need.


2 thoughts on “Alex Smith For Browns Starting Quarterback!

  1. Pingback: Enough Is Enough. I Have Had It With This MotherF***in’ Weeden On My MotherF***in’ Browns. | Dawg Pound Nation

  2. The more I read into Haslam’s and Banner’s comments and addresses to the media, I’ve come around to the notion that, at a minimum, Weeden will be fighting for the starting QB spot next season against SOMEBODY.

    Alex Smith is the last of his kind. By that, I mean a first round draft-pick (and overall for that matter) who had struggled for 5-6 years on the team that drafted him before finally capitalizing on his potential with the coaching staffs, multiple OCs over that time, and the front office continuously showing support. Visibly, at least. It’s circumstantial that he has the youth, the skill set, and now the availability with the arrival of Kaepernick in SF to help out another team without the expectations of being a veteran in the back 9 of his career keeping the seat warm for a season or so. He’s worth a flier and it won’t be costly either, although with a new owner I expect the team to be more sound in the free agency department, anyway.

    Whether it’s Weeden, Smith, or whomever, there’s two points that need to be addressed if this team wants to take the next step offensively. Addressing the wide receiving corps is a given and makes too much sense, but it can’t stop there.

    First, either evolve our version of the West Coast Offense or drop it altogether. I understand the plays and the plans have to be (should be) drawn up around the actual talent on the roster, but this is like trying to do your daily business online with one of those free AOL version 1.0 disks we all got in the mail years ago instead of the readily available wi-fi. It doesn’t measure the full potential of the offense and doesn’t force opposing defenses to come up with any new schemes they may not be as familiar with nor make in-game adjustments unless they aren’t coming up with points on the board consistently.

    Second, few if any NFL quarterbacks, regardless of their arm and/or mobility, is capable of using either effectively or at will without at least a passable (pardon the pun) offensive line. This, above all, has been the most glaring weakness on the team to me since its inception and consistently so. Joe Thomas is one piece, and even last season he wasn’t as much of the immovable object he’s proven himself to be. Hopefully, that’s just a fluke but that’s not something to bank on. The laundry list of QBs that have come and gone over the past 14 years is a long one. Some may have been more talented than they ever got to show, others had no business suiting up for a game, but until the OL can play to the standard as expected of most other teams in the NFL it will continue to be a revolving door of bodies and “what-ifs.”


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