The 49'ers want to trade QB Alex Smith, I hope the Browns don't even pick up the phone. I don't understand the fascination with this guy that some fans seem to have. I have a several reasons why I can't see him helping the Browns, here are the top three.
- 7-16-2. These three numbers should destroy any case for Smith. In seven seasons, he's played in 16 games only twice. That is pathetic. Of those five partial-seasons he was hurt in four of them, in the other one he was only benched. How comforting. Why trade a draft pick for him to take up space in the trainer's room?
- Every time I hear somebody say they want Alex Smith they spend a bunch of time laying out their case on why he's good. There's a red flag. Why do I need to be convinced he's good? If the guy is so good, why can't we just look at him and see it? Forget Hall of Famers like Brees and Brady. I don't hear anybody having to explain why Cam Newton, Philip Rivers or Russell Wilson are good players. Know why? They're good! We know it! We don't need explanations, excuses, stat analysis, pie charts or pie in the sky expectations!
- If the Browns had Alex Smith they'd still have the worst quarterback in the division. Obviously he's not better than Ben Roethlisberger or Joe Flacco. He's also not better than Andy Dalton. Sorry Bengal haters, he's not. Dalton needs to see the field better and sometimes holds the ball too long when a receiver is open. Despite that he's better than Smith. If Dalton threw for almost 3,700 yards and 27 touchdowns last year and is lousy, why is Smith better when he's never even approached those numbers once? Dalton's rookie numbers, as far as yards and touchdowns, were better than any season Smith has ever had. Get Smith, you still have the worst QB in the division. What an upgrade!
While I'm here, let me blow another myth out of the water. Alex Smith did not lead the 49'ers to the NFC Championship game in 2012. Jim Harbaugh and the 49'ers lead Smith there. He threw for 3,100 yards and 18 touchdowns. Exactly how is that leading a team anywhere? When you say a guy leads a team somewhere, it connotes putting them on his back. Or at least being a strong contributor, certainly more than 3,100 yards and 18 touchdowns.