KANSAS CITY, Missouri (CBS Sports) — Kansas City Chiefs quarterback coach Doug Pederson has definitely embraced Alex Smith, who was traded by the San Francisco 49ers to the Chiefs during the off-season.

“Ultimately, every team has to have a quarterback,” Pederson said in an interview. “I think we have the best in the league.”

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Asked to elaborate, Pederson said the NFL has “a lot of great ones, but over time, Alex has proven he can get it done. He’s a sharp guy, he brings a wealth of knowledge, he’s experienced, he’s a proven winner the last couple of years, and he needs a team to embrace him.”

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