Originally written on Down and Distance  |  Last updated 11/9/14

(Credit: AP Photo) Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid got his guy early in the offseason, acquiring former 49ers signal caller Alex Smith. It was a match made in heaven for the team that needed a quarterback, and a quarterback that needed a team. Just removed from a surge in his career, Alex Smith was benched in favor or Colin Kaepernick, who took the world by storm. It was the fault of an injury – not poor play that led Smith to the bench, and several coaches knew he still had it. So when it came time for Smith to move on – the Chiefs and Andy Reid took immediate action. Of course many saw what Smith had done in the years previous for the niners, but Andy Reid wanted him long before – when he was still struggling with coaching changes in San Francisco – and tried trading for him multiple times. From Peter King’s MMQB: In the New York Times Sunday, he admitted he’d twice tried to trade for Alex Smith while in Philadelphia. He didn’t say when, and he told me that while it was true, he didn’t remember exactly when it was. Once was around the time the Eagles were in the process of fact-finding on Michael Vick before they signed him. “I just always watched him and thought, ‘Man, I’d like to coach that kid,’ ” Reid said of Smith. It was a good move for the three parties involved. The 49ers got a few picks, Reid got his guy, and Smith has the opportunity to prove a lot of people wrong that didn’t think it was a good move. Andy Reid is one of the best at molding a QB, and I’m sure Smith will be just another example of that. As for Reid in KC, he’s loving football again, and having fun – a big change from his last few years in Philly.   Follow us on Twitter @DownandDistance Down and Distance Editor-in-Chief – Justin Arbogast @NFLGuy_SK The post Andy Reid tried trading for Alex Smith twice while in Philadelphia appeared first on DOWN & DISTANCE - Presented by Sports-Kings.

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