Apr 03

Why did the Chargers sign Geno Smith

This offseason, most free agent quarterbacks found new teams quickly. But even as Brock Osweiler and Blaine Gabbert inked new deals, Geno Smith ’s remained unsigned — until now. On Sunday, Smith signed with the Los Angeles Chargers, the team announced.

According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, it’s a one-year deal for Smith.

They’ve still got Davis Webb on the roster, and the Giants hold the No. 2 overall pick. They could draft one of this year’s top quarterback prospects to groom as Eli Manning’s replacement.

Was this a smart move from the Chargers

Los Angeles traded for Cardale Jones last year and the team doesn’t seem that impressed with him. In the preseason, Jones threw three interceptions with no touchdowns, while Kellen Clemens is also a free agent.

On top of that, Smith is a more physical quarterback and it likely a better fit for Anthony Lynn’s offense. Going from backing up Manning to backing up Rivers is a lateral move for Smith at worst, but going from Jones to Smith just seems like a smart move for the Chargers.

That said, the backup quarterback hasn’t had too much to do with the Chargers in recent years. Rivers has played in all 16 regular season games for the past 12 seasons.

Rebuilding, retooling, reassessing. Whatever.

Just know this: Rookie coach Frank Reich is having none of it.

Even while his team’s general manager and owner are espousing the idea of rebuilding the roster and asking fans for patience through the process, Reich hit a much different note during the NFL’s annual meeting.

You’re talking about a guy who is the ultimate competitor, who, as a player, stared down and overcame two of the biggest deficits in the history of the pro and college games.

You think Reich was focusing on next year when his Bills were down 35-3 in the third quarter against the Oilers in that legendary 1993 comeback he authored Don’t let the nice-guy demeanor and his history as a minister fool you. Reich wants to win. And he wants it more than you probabljets_058

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