McNabb and Reid probably made each other look good. I wouldn't necessarily underrate or overrate either one of them. I will say that McNabb was over the hill by the time he got to Washington, and I believe that the younger version of McNabb would have been a franchise type QB anywhere I will also say that Reid should be given a modicum of credit for seeing Alex Smith's potential and trying to maximize it, but Alex Smith showed flashes of greatness two years before. The lion's share of Smith's coming out---other than the QB himself---goes to Jim Harbaugh. Harbaugh also has to take "credit" for dealing Smith, a shortsighted move which I seriously believe may have cost him a better look at the Super Bowl last year, as I believe Smith would have maximized his tools in SanFran, which are decidedly better than what he has in K.C. You really can't blame the implosion in the playoff game on him. That was on Andy Reid...and a lack of weapons at receiver. Moreover, no way Alex Smith under-performs early in the season like Kaepernick and has a fourth quarter meltdown that cost his team the game. Oh, the tales we weave.
If anyone is overrated, it is Shanahan who has basically done nothing since a couple of outstanding years with John Elway (who basically figured it all out and got a couple at the end of his career). I have to give Shanny his obligatory props for getting over the hump though. He did leave Washington in a quagmire by which began with his mishandling of McNabb, and just got worse with the debacle that he helped to create by misusing RG3. Again, the tales we weave.
Hey! This thread is about Brandin Cooks. I am getting it back on the rails. Why don't all you thousands of twitterers and Huddlers ask Smitty what he thinks of Cooks and the comparisons? I know one thing: We can't call Cooks, Smith Jr. or Lil Smitty or Baby Smitty. Smit Lite? Sounds like a lite beer.