Alex Smith has 'more to prove' than ever before

Josh Luckenbaugh
August 15, 2018 - 11:12 am

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Coming off a career year and a third Pro Bowl selection, what else does Alex Smith have to prove as an NFL quarterback?

According to the Redskins' new shot-caller, he's never had more to prove. 

During an appearance on "Grant & Danny" Tuesday, Grant Paulsen asked Smith if he has a chip on his shoulder after the Chiefs traded him away and gave his job to the unproven Patrick Mahomes. This is the second time in his career Smith has been traded by a playoff team to make room for a younger quarterback, the 49ers shipping him to Kansas City in 2013 after the emergence of Colin Kaepernick.

"Oh, yeah. I'd be lying if I told you that stuff doesn't affect you, or affect me, " Smith said. "I think it's all how you choose to use it. You can call it whatever you want. For me I'll just say this: I have more to prove than I ever have. The challenge ahead of us with the schedule, the division — yeah, I feel like I have more to prove than I ever have, for a lot of different reasons. 

"I'm excited about that challenge. I think that the older I've gotten, the more I feel like I embrace those types of things. So no question, I feel like I have a lot to prove. I feel like we have a lot to prove. We got a lot of guys with that same mindset, and I like that. I like that about us."

Smith demonstrated in 2013 what he can do when there's a chip on his shoulder. In his first season in Kansas City, he set career highs in touchdowns and passing yards, earning his first career Pro Bowl selection and leading the Chiefs to their first playoff appearance since 2010. He would lead the Chiefs to two division titles and four playoff appearances in five seasons.

And even after resetting those career marks with 26 touchdowns and 4,042 passing yards last season, Smith insists we haven't seen the best of him just yet.

"I would hope you constantly are continuing to grow and improve, and I know I have," Smith said. "Constantly trying to work and get better. I think that's what drives me, never settling with where I'm at."

"And I think it kind of fits me. I feel like I've always been a late bloomer, and still feel like I got my best ball ahead of me."

If the 34-year old can put together numbers similar, if not better, than last season, the Redskins may have one of the league's most dangerous offenses after all. 

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