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Andy Reid Goes Hue Jackson In Trading For Alex Smith

What is it about halfway decent quarterbacks that makes otherwise smart men lose their common sense? Like an astrophysicist in a strip club, all the smarts go out the window the second a pair of knockers is exposed even if said knockers are sagging across the ground like a snowplow through Alaskan slush.

That’s about the only way I can describe my thoughts this morning when hearing Jay Glazer break the news that Andy Reid’s first move as head coach of the Kansas City Chiefs was to trade for Alex Smith. In a mini Hue Jackson moment of madness Reid panicked when he realized Matt Cassel was his starting QB and coughed up two pretty valuable draft picks for a pretty pedestrian QB.

Yes, I’m fully aware that Reid didn’t go full Hue and mortgage the draft future of the franchise as Jackson did when he panicked and ponied up for Carson Palmer.

And yes I’m also knowing that Reid has worked wonders with many a middle-of-the-road quarterback in his day. Let’s not forget it was Reid who made the Arizona Cardinals pull a similar move of desperation as Ken Whisenhunt whizzed his pants in the ill-fated Kevin Kolb catastrophe.

But ultimately Reid’s decision will end the same way every other desperate QB trade ends – with his job listed as available two years from now.

Smith definitely gets credit for sticking in a league where guys like him normally go bust. Instead Smith fought the good fight by doing whatever it took to keep those NFL checks coming. He soon became a game manager of the highest level on Jim Harbaugh’s watch before he watched his job get snatched up by Colin Kaepernick.

Yes, Smith will benefit from the tutelage of Reid.

Yes, Smith is an upgrade over Cassel.

And yes if Smith were that good the 9ers wouldn’t have drafted Kaepernick in the first place.

Face it, Andy Reid, you just pulled a classic AFC West rookie mistake. Same as Josh McDaniels. Same as Hue Jackson. You should have gone to San Diego, Andy.

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  • anonymous

    Sorry dude, but Palmer is waay better than Smith….

  • john

    I guess you forgot what the Raiders gave up for the much older Palmer. Whens their next first round pick, 2025? Smith is an above average QB, not elite, and Reid is an excellent coach. Who the hell is the Raiders coach anyway?

  • john

    He was, about seven years ago.

  • Tom Antrim

    There is nothing coming from fader fans that in any way give the Kansas City Chiefs any credit. This comes from a dysfunctional team that was lead by a owner that had lost his mind 30 years ago.

  • Ricky Bobby

    & I’m Batman.

  • Ricky Bobby

    I wish we could get 2 Snickers for Carson’s washed up ass now. Maybe 3.

  • Ricky Bobby

    Trade not nearly as bad as the Carson deal. Smith has had success in consecutive yrs, has led his team to playoffs in last two seasons & is still in his 20′s.

    Palmer has stunk the last 3 seasons, 12-28 as a starter and ruined the one opportunity the Raiders had to make the playoffs.

  • John M Schniebs

    Everybody knows it was a terrible. That season was lost, should have just threw in Pryor at that point. Then wold have been inn position to draft Luck or RG. Hue killed Oakland. Mark Davis made his first huge mistake as an owner. Palmer takes a huge pay cut or he goes. Start Pryor and sign a decent cheap back-up, m.moore or bring back leinart.

  • Don417

    I dont think Reid traded a 1st and future 2nd like Huey did. This article and the author is stupid.

  • Don417

    only better and more proficient in throwing Pick 6′s. That’s about it.

  • Michelle Greenway Osborne

    I think he stated in the article that “Yes, I’m fully aware that Reid didn’t go full Hue and mortgage the draft future of the franchise as Jackson did when he panicked and ponied up for Carson Palmer.” so i think calling him stupid is kinda asinine don’t you think? And i am a chiefs fan.