Kansas City Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles appeared on Around the League on NFL Network this week and demonstrated just how confident he is in his new QB, Alex Smith.
Charles was asked if he thought Smith was a Super Bowl caliber QB and the All-Pro RB didn’t bat an eyelash.
“I think he is. He’s got a great arm,” Charles said. “He’s been winning most all of his career. I think he wants to prove people wrong: That he is a good quarterback, that he can stay consistent.”
Chalres is probably right about Smith having a little bit of a chip on his shoulder. After nearly leading the San Francisco 49ers to the Super Bowl in 2011, Smith was benched after missing a game due to a concussion. His backup, Colin Kaepernick, led the team to the Super Bowl. After the season, Smith was traded to the Chiefs.
Charles realizes that Smith likely didn’t take too kindly to his benching.
“It probably hurt him,” Charles said, “because he probably felt like everybody forgot about him because of the Kaepernick situation and being a backup. Making it to the Super Bowl but not playing in the Super Bowl. Everybody wants to play in the Super Bowl. So, I think he’s got a lot to prove and he’s a Super Bowl quarterback … with the passion to go out and prove people wrong.”
If Charles is right, Chiefs fans are going to be very happy their team traded for Smith.