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Chiefs Head Coach Andy Reid Praises Former Utes QB: ‘Nobody Better Than Alex Smith’

Quarterback Alex Smith #11 of the Kansas City Chiefs looks to pass as head coach Andy Reid looks on before the AFC Wild Card Playoff game against the Houston Texans at NRG Stadium on January 9, 2016 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid praised one of his former players saying “there’s nobody better than Alex Smith.”

Reid spoke about the Washington Football Team quarterback and his 2020 NFL comeback during a Super Bowl LV media availability session.

“There’s nobody better than Alex Smith, man. I’ll tell you, just one of my favorite guys,” Reid said. “All you had to do was watch that special (Project 11 documentary) on him and you fall in love with the guy. I had the chance to coach him so I kinda knew the man behind all that. If I had to predict how he’d attack an injury, that would be how he would do it. That’s his core right there.

Alex Smith & Andy Reid

Reid, a former BYU football player and coach, was Smith’s head coach during the quarterback’s tenure with the Chiefs from 2013-17.

During the five year span that the two were members of the same organization, Kansas City had an overall record of 53-27, including 1-4 in the postseason. Two of the seasons that the duo were together featured appearances in the AFC Divisional Round.

In 76 games as a member of the Chiefs, Smith threw for 17,608 yards, 102 touchdowns, and 33 interceptions with a completion rate of 65.1 percent.

Following the 2017 season, Kansas City traded the former Utah great to Washington.

Alex Smith’s 2018 Injury

The former Utah signal-caller suffered a broken fibula and tibia during Washington’s game against the Houston Texans on November 18, 2018.

Doctors determined immediate surgery was required.

Days after the initial surgery, Smith developed a fever and his leg became infected with flesh-eating bacteria.

Smith’s injury was so severe that it was considered a sports-related injury.

In total, the QB experienced 17 surgeries.

Alex Smith in 2020

Prior to the start of the 2020 season, Smith was cleared by doctors and earned a spot on Washington’s 53-man roster.

Midway through the season, he became Washington’s starting quarterback once again.

He helped led Washington to the NFL Playoffs and posted a 5-1 record in the games he started.

The former Utah great was unable to play in Washington’s Wild Card loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers after he suffered an injury late in the regular season.

While the team listed the ailment as a calf injury, 60 Minutes’ Norah O’Donnell reported that Smith’s injury was a bone bruise.

Smith finished the year throwing for 1,582 yards, six touchdowns, and eight interceptions.

After the season, Smith said he plans on taking “a few weeks” before deciding if he wants to play next season or retire.

“For me, this year was such a crazy rush to be out there, practicing out there every single day. To be able to put on my cleats and helmet. But for me, the crazy thing was how well my body responded to that. I just feel like I continued to get stronger and stronger and better and better. I still feel like I’m kind of a kid right now headed into the offseason,” Smith said during a recent interview with Rachael Ray. “I’m excited for this offseason to see what I can go do — football and everything else. Skiing, snowboarding — I plan on doing as much as I can. I had such an amazing time playing. I felt so good out there. It was crazy after that first game how comfortable I felt back out on the field.”

Alex Smith’s NFL Career

Smith has played in the NFL since 2005. He was drafted out of Utah by the San Francisco 49ers with the first overall pick in the 2005 NFL Draft.

He’s been a member of the Niners, Chiefs, and Washington Football Team.

Through 174 career games, Smith has completed 62.6 percent of his throws for 35,650 yards, 199 touchdowns, and 109 interceptions.

About Andy Reid

Reid played college football at BYU from 1978-80 and returned to Provo as a graduate assistant on BYU head coach LaVell Edwards’ staff.

After a few years of coaching college football, Reid accepted a position with the Green Bay Packers in 1992.

He received his first NFL head coach position with the Philadelphia Eagles in 1999. Reid led the Eagles to an appearance in Super Bowl XXXIX where they fell to the New England Patriots 24-21. After the 2012 season, Reid’s contract with the Eagles wasn’t renewed.

In 2013, he became the Chiefs’ head coach.

Last season, Reid led Kansas City to a 31-20 over the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl LIV.

Reid and the Chiefs will look to become the first NFL team to repeat as Super Bowl champs when they played the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Super Bowl LV on Sunday, January 24.

The game will take place at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida, and will broadcast on CBS. Kick-off is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. (MDT).

Kyle Ireland is a Locals in the NFL Insider for KSLSports.com and host of the Yards After College Podcast. Follow him on Twitter (@kyleireland) and Instagram (@kyleirelandksl).

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