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July 31, 2013

Chiefs’ offensive coordinator says Alex Smith is ‘the best in the league’

Was the price the Chiefs paid to get quarterback Alex Smith from San Francisco too high? Their new quarterbacks coach doesn’t think so. Chiefs offensive coordinator Doug Pederson believes strongly in Smith.

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The Chiefs and NFL by beat writer Terez Paylor

There’s little question any success the Chiefs have this season hinges on how well quarterback Alex Smith performs.

The Chiefs paid a hefty price in acquiring Smith from San Francisco for a second-round pick in this year’s NFL Draft and a conditional second- or third-round pick in 2014.

Smith led San Francisco to the NFC championship game in 2011 and started the first nine games of the 49ers’ Super Bowl run a year ago, and Chiefs offensive coordinator Doug Pederson believes strongly in Smith.

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

The best? Better than Peyton Manning Tom Brady Drew Brees Joe Flacco Matt Ryan Eli Manning Colin Kaepernick ?

“There are a lot of great ones,” Pederson said, “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.”

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