Chiefs OC Doug Pederson says QB Alex Smith “best in the league”

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Look, it’s acceptable to think highly of the players on your team, and to heap praise on them whether others think they deserve it or not, but Kansas City Chiefs OC Doug Pederson’s recent comments on new QB Alex Smith border on the ridiculous.

From the Kansas City Star

“Ultimately, every team has to have a quarterback,” Pederson said. “I think we have the best in the league.”

“There are a lot of great ones,” Pederson said, “but over time, Alex has proven he can get it done. 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.”

While Smith has had success in the league—he guided the 49ers to the NFC Championship game in 2011—to say he’s in the ranks of Tom Brady, Peyton Manning, Drew Brees and Aaron Rodgers is just false. Smith is an excellent game manager, and was fortunate to have one of the best, if not the best, defenses in the league in San Francisco, but to even the most peripheral of NFL fans, Alex Smith is not a top 5 quarterback.

At least the Kansas City quarterback can be comfortable running the Chiefs offense, knowing that his offensive coordinator is squarely in his corner, come hell or high water.