Reid: Smith goes from one QB-friendly system to another

Reid: Smith goes from one QB-friendly system to another
March 19, 2013, 10:30 am
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I think our offense is quarterback-friendly. Guys have had success in it. I wouldn't expect anything different from him.
—Andy Reid on Alex Smith

PHOENIX -- Quarterback Alex Smith will be going from one quarterback-friendly system to another, Andy Reid said Tuesday at the NFL owners meetings.

From the moment Reid was hired as Kansas City Chiefs coach, Reid said, "My eyes were on Alex."

The Chiefs acquired Smith in a trade with the 49ers for a second-round pick, No. 34 overall, in the April draft, as well as another draft pick next year. The 2014 pick will be a third-round selection but could become a second-rounder, depending on Smith's performance for the Chiefs. Reid and new general manager John Dorsey determined it was best to move on from Matt Cassel and Smith was the best option.

Smith demonstrated incremental improvements during his first six NFL seasons with the 49ers, when healthy. He missed most of 2007 and all of 2008 with shoulder injuries. But his play the past two years under coach Jim Harbaugh and offensive coordinator Greg Roman spiked.

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Smith completed 64.3 percent of his passes the past two seasons with 30 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. The 49ers were 19-5-1 in games he started.

"It was stability," Reid said. "It was a quarterback-friendly offense. He's a smart guy. I thought even the year before you saw progress with him. He was getting better, more comfortable.

"Our offenses are similar. There are some things I can take and use from that, sure. I think our offense is quarterback-friendly. Guys have had success in it. I wouldn't expect anything different from him."

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