Originally written on Shutdown Corner  |  Last updated 11/10/11
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If you've got a bunch of kids, and you give them a shiny new toy, and they don't know how to use that toy -- they're throwing it around casually, misusing it, abusing it, doing things with it that were never intended -- you'd take that toy away from them, right? This is why I'm proposing a ban on NFL head coaches using the word "elite" to describe their quarterbacks. Alex Smith was the latest to get the label, courtesy of his head coach, Jim Harbaugh. "I think people that know football and understand the game appreciate Alex Smith as a very talented quarterback," he said. "He's every bit the elite quarterback as there is playing in the game right now." The first sentence is true. The second, I'm not so sure. I have nothing but complimentary things to say about Alex Smith. He's played brilliantly, and I've found it tremendously entertaining to watch him rescue his NFL career. He's been a model of efficiency. Sixty-four percent of his passes are completed, and his touchdown-to-interce...
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