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Gruden: ‘We’ll see the best of Alex Smith’

One of the biggest questions concerning Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith is whether his success at San Francisco was totally a product of 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh or whether he can thrive without Harbaugh.

Former NFL coach and ESPN’s Monday Night Football analyst Jon Gruden told me today that Smith will only get better under coach Andy Reid.

“Alex Smith is the product of about 10 different coordinators,” Gruden said of the coaching instability in San Francisco after Smith was taken first overall in the 2005 NFL Draft. “No one really knows much about Alex Smith. He’s been in some horrific situations from the standpoint that he never had a chance to settle in and flourish in any system for an extended period of time.

“By hooking up with Andy Reid, who does an excellent job with quarterbacks, and being in a West Coast system, a progression passing offense, we’ll see the best of Alex Smith.

“And I know Andy Reid will have a few tricks up his sleeve to utilize Smith’s athletic ability. I think he’s in the right spot now. A lot of people are going to look at the Chiefs curiously to see how good Alex Smith really is.”

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