So, Jim Harbaugh (my good pal, you know) must have seen my post on FB earlier this week that said I would not be writing Woman on Sports this week due to a completely boring week in sports, and said, "Hmm. I wonder if she can resist..."
Alex Smith is going to the Chiefs. I am happy about this. Not because I dislike Alex and want him to suffer on a team that only had two wins last season. And not because I don't like the 49ers, who really had their deck stacked as far as talent in the area of QB. I am happy because we finally got a chance to see someone do the right thing.
Alex Smith had every right to take his job back when he was cleared from his concussion mid-season. He led the 49ers to the play-offs last season, and the beginning of the 2012 season was also looking good under his command. Harbaugh did the right thing for the team by keeping a hot Kaepernick in the start, even though he probably would have had a winning team either way.
Smith could have whined, but instead he did what he could to help. I bet even at that point, he was working on an image that would market well to other teams, despite being under contract. Teams are hard-pressed to pick up players who are only looking out for themselves (*cough* Revis). But a team player? With a decent arm, winning record, and a good QB rating? Pretty enticing. By being the "good boy," Smith did himself a favor.
What about the Niners? Good for them? Well, they will need a back-up QB. But with 12 draft picks, I'm sure they will be able to find someone moldable. Kaepernick is young and remarkably immune to injury at this point, so they should have some time to work with a newbie. (Matt Barkley would fit in great here, if you ask me.) And also, by letting Smith go from his contract, they have made a peaceable decision, which I think will come around in the end. I'm no believer in Karma, but I do believe when you make an altruistically good decision, you will benefit one way or another.
And the Chiefs. Andy Reid was apparently drooling over Alex like the BBQ that brought him to KC in the first place. So it's all on Andy now. He doesn't need to do much to improve the team's record. And with all the talk of the talent on KC's roster, it's his position to lose. Bringing in a good QB is his testing ground. On NFL AM, when asked if Smith will be successful in KC, Eric Davis said, (and I paraphrase), It's up to Andy Reid. If Reid is the great coach everyone says he is, Smith will succeed.
So, as usual, the time's yours, Mr. Reid. Use it wisely, for the sake of Alex Smith.
T.C. Slonaker, Eagles fan
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