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Alex Smith is the best quarterback in the NFL, according to his offensive coordinator

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There's an art to complimenting someone. Point out something they do well. Just don't say something so ridiculous that even the person being complimented will shake their head in disbelief.

We'll work with Kansas City Chiefs offensive coordinator Doug Pederson, who was just a wee bit over the top in his praise of new Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith.

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

Ummm, run that by me again?

“There are a lot of great ones,” Pederson continued to the Star, “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.”

Smith is probably a little better than given credit for; he's played pretty well the last two seasons. But come on. Pederson would swap him out for Aaron Rodgers in a second. Obviously. And Smith would understand.

Smith is the same player who was benched for Colin Kaepernick in San Francisco last year, a move that virtually everyone understood and agreed with. Smith is a nice player, a huge improvement over the mess Kansas City has trotted out under center the last couple years. He'll probably have a very nice season for the Chiefs. Nobody is going to be too surprised if the Chiefs triple or quadruple last year's win total. And we get what Pederson is trying to do, rally around Smith and make him, his teammates and the entire fanbase more confident in him.

But we wouldn't take Smith over Drew Brees. Or Rodgers. Or Tom Brady. Or Peyton Manning. Or Matt Ryan. Or Andrew Luck. Or Russell Wilson. Or Cam Newton. Or Matthew Stafford. Or ...

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