Smith’s approach stands in stark contrast to how some other lame-duck quarterbacks handled themselves once a successor was tabbed.
“You get to know each other on a real level,” Smith told co-host Gil Brandt and me Tuesday on SiriusXM NFL Radio before the Chiefs broke camp. “Through OTAs and stuff, you’re still kind of working through it. You don’t really know each other that well.
“It’s been nice to come to camp and just (having) no B.S. He and I can get to know the real one another. That’s been good. You kind of get back to football and being players. You get through all that — any awkwardness or anything else that might be there — and you just have fun.”
For example, Green Bay’s Brett Favre had an instant dislike for Aaron Rodgers after the latter was drafted in 2005. Sam Bradford also asked Philadelphia management for a trade — which was ultimately granted (to Minnesota) even after the request was rescinded — once it was clear the Eagles were selecting Carson Wentz in last year’s draft.
And, as the 2016 NFL season revealed, the pieces may finally be in place for that mission to be achieved.
Indeed, for much of last season, the Cowboys were perhaps the best team in the NFL, though for some their success was bittersweet. Tony Romo, the man who consistently had put his body on the line and performed only for Dallas to either disappoint or come up short, was struck down by Cheap NFL Jerseys Paypal a Cheap Official Jerseys preseason injury and then forced to watch on as rookie Dak Prescott led them back to the postseason.
The playoffs ended in familiar fashion for the Cowboys, who went one-and-done with a failed comeback in the divisional round against the Packers.
Since winning their last Super Bowl in January 1996, the Cowboys have made the playoffs nine times but have been immediately eliminated on six of those occasions.
But last year, despite the heartbreak that came with being on the wrong side of a 34-31 thriller with the Packers, Dallas ended the season with plenty of reason for optimism.