Thursday, January 31, 2013
Alex Smith and the Browns
By Tim Kavanagh
A lot can happen between now and the start of the league year on March 12, but there are few NFL players about whom there has been more speculation recently than current San Francisco 49ers backup QB Alex Smith. And though there are several destinations that could use the upgrade at QB that Smith would provide, the link between Smith and the Cleveland Browns is more than just casual speculation, according to what we've heard.
Smith and his teammates are down in New Orleans for the Super Bowl, and he fielded a question on his potentially landing in Cleveland for next season. "Loved my time with Norv," Smith declared, per the Cleveland Plain Dealer. "[It was] a very, very friendly QB system. For [Cleveland], it's going to be a terminology change going from a West Coast system to the digits, but very, very QB friendly, big-play potential for the offense with a lot of chunk plays. He's a great play caller. I just remember he had a great feel for the game on gameday and a great feel for what the defense was doing."
Smith would not confirm that he's been thinking about reuniting with Norv in Cleveland, but given that his team is playing in the Super Bowl this Sunday, we'd expect that to be part of the reason why, even if Colin Kaepernick is currently starting. After Sunday's business is through, expect this story to ramp up even more.