The rumors have been floating for several months now, and we’ve all probably gotten a little tired of hearing them. Alex Smith to the Browns. As it appears that the speculations and rumors are turning into a testing of the waters, lets break down the pro’s and cons of this possible move.
Pro: Alex Smith is a better starting Quarterback right now than anyone on the Browns roster.
Yes, sorry Weeden junkies, Alex Smith is better. He’s proven that, and I don’t think we need to keep debating it, because its an accepted fact in the NFL. Alex Smith is more productive, has more experience, has more years left in the league, and knows how to run an offense. Period. He would be an immediate upgrade over Weeden and McCoy.
Con: The 49ers have elected to not release him, and will only accept a trade involving draft picks.
Granted, I really would like to see Smith start for us over Weeden, but I’m loathe to give up draft picks, ever. If it was a player swap, cool, but man I hate seeing us lose valuable young potential. While we know what we’re getting with Smith and don’t know how draft picks will turn out, it still bugs me.
Pro: Smith brings experience and respectability to the offense.
The experience part is self explanatory, he has 7 years of NFL experience to Weeden’s 1. The respectability comes in that Smith is a proven NFL starting quarterback. Sure, he lost his job in San Francisco, but that’s really not a slight on him so much as its a compliment to Kaepernick. Smith was having his best NFL season prior to getting benched, and putting up very good numbers. Statistically, he was poised to finish as a top 10 quarterback by seasons end.
Con: Alex Smith has a ceiling, and he’s reached it.
Look, you’re not going to get many surprises from Smith. He’s pretty much peaked. He’s not an elite NFL passer, and isn’t going to be. So, if the logic that you need an elite QB to win a championship is fact, then we won’t get there with Smith. He’s going to be a good, Chad Pennington type starter for most of his career. A good, not great, quarterback.
Pro: Alex Smith is still a good working Quarterback. And Smart.
Look, just because he’s not elite doesn’t mean he’s not good. In fact, he’s very good. He’s developed into being better than at least half of the quarterbacks in the NFL. That’s really not that bad. Its better than anything we’ve had in Cleveland since I’ve been alive honestly. He doesn’t make mistakes. He doesn’t turn the ball over. Sure, he’s cautious, but so what? I’d rather a guy take an in-completion or check down than throw a pick six. And again, be realistic Browns fans. Don’t be that unemployed, sloppy fat guy who keeps telling yourself you’re going to land a ten. We’re not, at least not until we show we can be a viable franchise in the NFL. Smith could get us over that hump. He’s not a ten, but he’s probably a seven, and that’s damn sure better than what we have, have had, or probably could land at this point. So be realistic. Be reasonable. Don’t be that guy.