A few days ago I explained why this Alex Smith trade to the Chiefs made the most sense. I’m glad Andy Reid read my blog.
I don’t think it will be a problem for Alex Smith to pick up Reid’s system. In the previous seven systems Smith has learned in the NFL, there have been elements and philosophies very similar to Reid’s.
Mike McCarthy, Smith’s first NFL offensive coordinator, most likely had terms similar to what Reid, a disciple of Mike Holmgren from the Green Bay days, uses.
Reid’s terminology probably is more of a pure West Coast system than Harbaugh’s.
Reid’s system is more pass-happy than Harbaugh’s, too. Smith will have a good running back in Jamaal Charles, but Reid often forgets that he has a running attack. Hopefully for Smith, Reid has learned and will not get caught calling 12 consecutive passes. That puts Smith and the offensive line in peril.
Reid’s former quarterbacks include Donovan McNabb, Kevin Kolb, Michael Vick, and Nick Foles. Smith’s smarts easily puts him at the top of that list.
Remember, Smith has learned seven different offensive systems in eight years, so at 28 years old, he should be able to adjust very easily.