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The Atlanta Falcons should take a serious look at bringing in Alex Smith as a backup quarterback.

Regardless of what the Atlanta Falcons do in the draft, a veteran presence behind Matt Ryan would be a wise move.

Enter Alex Smith.

He may be one of the unluckiest quarterbacks in NFL history. Usually, after his best years, he gets released, injured, or pushed out due to some up-and-coming young talent. He was 19-5-1 in his last two seasons in San Francisco and found himself out of a job for Colin Kaepernick.

Smith goes to Kansas City where he wins double-digit games three out of five seasons, yet the Chiefs move on to some guy named Patrick Mahomes. Then, after a miraculous comeback season where he goes 5-1 as a starter, Washington releases him. Great news if you’re Atlanta.

Smith can still play.

There’s no doubt about it. On a Washington team that was in a putrid NFC East, he’s the main reason they ended up in the playoffs. He’s also 37 years old. If Smith and his camp are honest, his days as a full-time starter are gone.

The Atlanta Falcons also just lost Matt Schaub – a veteran guy in the locker room, who when called on, didn’t fall flat on his face.

Even if the Atlanta Falcons take a quarterback in this year’s draft, they would be fools to leave it up to him to be the sole backup. Look at the Miami Dolphins. Ryan Fitzpatrick saved them in a number of games when their prized rookie pick just wasn’t getting it done.

There have been times in the past two seasons when you wondered if the Falcons had a better option than Matt Schaub, would they have benched Ryan.

Again, let’s present to you Alex Smith.

He has proven he can still compete in this league. With Ryan’s durability, don’t expect for him to get called on often but if he did, the Falcons would be in good hands for a QB2. Smith’s price should be relatively cheap.

How much money can a 36-year-old coming off one of the most gruesome injuries in NFL history really ask for? The Falcons could also go the incentive-laden route.

Even if Atlanta does draft a quarterback, having Smith around in the room so Ryan doesn’t have to train his successor might be a smart move.

If the Atlanta Falcons are serious about success, Smith would be in a Falcons uniform next season.

 

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Just draft a dam QB. You're not accomplishing anything with Alex Smith. Another scenario of wasting FA money that we don't have.

I was really agreeing with this article until I saw this line. This line is complete garbage because Ryan's play the last 2 years has not warranted getting benched. Not even close to it. But then I sa

Would actually have no issue with it. Smith has always been solid when healthy

8 minutes ago, fuego said:

The Atlanta Falcons should take a serious look at bringing in Alex Smith as a backup quarterback.

Regardless of what the Atlanta Falcons do in the draft, a veteran presence behind Matt Ryan would be a wise move.

Enter Alex Smith.

He may be one of the unluckiest quarterbacks in NFL history. Usually, after his best years, he gets released, injured, or pushed out due to some up-and-coming young talent. He was 19-5-1 in his last two seasons in San Francisco and found himself out of a job for Colin Kaepernick.

Smith goes to Kansas City where he wins double-digit games three out of five seasons, yet the Chiefs move on to some guy named Patrick Mahomes. Then, after a miraculous comeback season where he goes 5-1 as a starter, Washington releases him. Great news if you’re Atlanta.

Smith can still play.

There’s no doubt about it. On a Washington team that was in a putrid NFC East, he’s the main reason they ended up in the playoffs. He’s also 37 years old. If Smith and his camp are honest, his days as a full-time starter are gone.

The Atlanta Falcons also just lost Matt Schaub – a veteran guy in the locker room, who when called on, didn’t fall flat on his face.

Even if the Atlanta Falcons take a quarterback in this year’s draft, they would be fools to leave it up to him to be the sole backup. Look at the Miami Dolphins. Ryan Fitzpatrick saved them in a number of games when their prized rookie pick just wasn’t getting it done.

There have been times in the past two seasons when you wondered if the Falcons had a better option than Matt Schaub, would they have benched Ryan.

Again, let’s present to you Alex Smith.

He has proven he can still compete in this league. With Ryan’s durability, don’t expect for him to get called on often but if he did, the Falcons would be in good hands for a QB2. Smith’s price should be relatively cheap.

How much money can a 36-year-old coming off one of the most gruesome injuries in NFL history really ask for? The Falcons could also go the incentive-laden route.

Even if Atlanta does draft a quarterback, having Smith around in the room so Ryan doesn’t have to train his successor might be a smart move.

If the Atlanta Falcons are serious about success, Smith would be in a Falcons uniform next season.

 

I was really agreeing with this article until I saw this line. This line is complete garbage because Ryan's play the last 2 years has not warranted getting benched. Not even close to it. But then I saw where this from and it all made sense.

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I think he's too close to being good enough to start to be a good fit on the team. I'm assuming he won't be one of the cheaper backup QB options out there. 

He makes much more sense on a team with a younger and unproven QB with a little extra money to throw around on a good vet backup.

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I would love Alex Smith in Arthur Smith's offense, he is like a better version of Ryan Tannehill. Unfortunately with his lack of mobility nowadays, it's just not gonna work and we would be better off getting a young guy to keep Matt company :)

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7 hours ago, AUTiger7222 said:

I was really agreeing with this article until I saw this line. This line is complete garbage because Ryan's play the last 2 years has not warranted getting benched. Not even close to it. But then I saw where this from and it all made sense.

Yeah, that was a stupid line. 

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2 hours ago, thanat0s said:

Yeah, that was a stupid line. 

It ruined an otherwise solid article and idea. Alex Smith is the perfect type of guy you want as a backup QB. Lots of NFL experience who will play well if needed.

I don't think he accepts a backup role though. I think a team like the Saints where they don't seem 110% fully sold on Hill or Winston where Smith could have the opportunity to win a starting spot would be a good fit.

Another place that could be a good fit for him is a team like the Panthers where he could be the bridge to whichever QB they end up with out of this draft. I wouldn't wanr to see him end up landing at either place.

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15 minutes ago, AUTiger7222 said:

It ruined an otherwise solid article and idea. Alex Smith is the perfect type of guy you want as a backup QB. Lots of NFL experience who will play well if needed.

I don't think he accepts a backup role though. I think a team like the Saints where they don't seem 110% fully sold on Hill or Winston where Smith could have the opportunity to win a starting spot would be a good fit.

Another place that could be a good fit for him is a team like the Panthers where he could be the bridge to whichever QB they end up with out of this draft. I wouldn't wanr to see him end up landing at either place.

I think Denver would be a good fit as well if they decide to pull the plug on the Lock experiment. He could make them a playoff contender. 

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