He ought to know by now.
"Listen, he's taking care of the football, and when it counts, he makes the plays. I appreciate that," Reid said Thursday. "We're winning football games and he's doing a nice job of managing it, and everyone feeds off it, both sides of the ball, his ability to manage it."
Coaches don't have to state publicly what they think of a quarterback's strengths and weaknesses. The game film is a tell-all.
Considering his surrounding talent and coaching staff, however, I couldn't help but wonder last month if Smith will eventually be regarded as the best game manager we have seen over the past couple of generations.
The formula has worked like a charm for Smith in the regular season. Since 2011, no quarterback has more wins.
Will it work in the playoffs, though?