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All your Alex Smith and Matt Cassel comparisons in one place

The Kansas City Chiefs did it. They made a trade with the San Francisco 49ers for Alex Smith, one that will reportedly cost them a second round pick in the 2013 NFL Draft and a conditional third round pick in 2014. Our Alex Smith trade approval poll is split fairly evenly right now but plenty of people had strong opinions on the trade, and many of those strong opinions involved comparing Matt Cassel and Alex Smith. Whether it was those defending the trade for Smith or those attacking it, the comparisons were .... entertaining. Check it out below.

Joe Robbins

ESPN: Smith's unofficial trade from San Francisco to Kansas City invited comparisons between Smith and recent Chiefs starting quarterback Matt Cassel. Smith was much better than Cassel during the 2012 season. He has much better traditional passing stats over the past two seasons. But as the chart shows, Cassel and Smith have identical Total QBR scores over the past five years. They were at 46.6. All starting quarterbacks were at 53.0 over that period. Cassel was slightly ahead of Smith, 46.4 to 45.8, when only starts were considered.

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