In case you missed the news, having a quarterback who’s confident, cocky, arrogant or whatever you want to call it, isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Unfortunately for former San Francisco 49ers head coach Mike Nolan, he found that out the hard way.
In a recent interview on NFL HQ, Nolan finally explained why his team chose Alex Smith over Aaron Rodgers at No. 1 overall.
“The other thing as Alex at the time was a good kid — a very good person, a safe choice, always trying to please,” former 49ers coach Mike Nolan said. “On the other hand, Aaron was very cocky, very confident, arrogant. So you can say, ‘Why didn’t you take him to begin with?’ Because that’s really what your best quarterbacks look like. They aren’t very pleasing. They aren’t very safe.”
“We put a lot of stock in changing Aaron’s throwing style. We also got caught up a little bit in that Alex was so mobile,” Nolan continued. “That was a good thing. But in the end, we felt Alex would be the better long-time guy. Obviously, we were wrong in that thought process.”
In Smith’s defense, he’s turned out to be a pretty strong quarterback for the Kansas City Chiefs. While he’s no Aaron Rodgers, there’s only very few quarterbacks on the planet who are on that level, or even anywhere remotely close to it.
(h/t FOX Sports)