Troy Smith is the backup QB in Baltimore. Troy Smith does not want to be the backup QB in Baltimore.
You know where he’d like to be the backup? The Cleveland Browns.
Ok he didn’t come out say he’d like to be the backup, but he did tell ESPN 850 that he would like to play for his hometown team.
When asked about his desire to play for the Browns, Smith told ESPN Radio, "There is no doubt about it. It has always been a childhood dream of mine."
Smith added, "It’s funny how we always talk about Cleveland. That’s the first thing that comes to mind with anything I do whether I get a chance to come home and be a part of that organization or not. You know, I would love to get that chance if that opportunity comes up, but the political and right thing to say in this situation is that I would love to be anywhere that would give me a chance. But, without a doubt, there would be no second guessing in my mind if I could come back home and be a part of something that I love.”
I don’t think I’d be against the idea. Sure, he is the very definition of an unproven NFL quarterback, but it’s not like we have John Elway and Joe Montana in the locker room now.
He was slated to be Baltimore’s starter in 2008, but a tonsil infection ushered in the Joe Flacco earlier than they had expected. We at least know Baltimore saw enough in him to make him their opening day QB instead of their 2008 first round pick, so maybe there is something to it.
Like I just said, why not? At the very least it is a good story, the hometown Heisman Trophy winner comes home to play for the team he grew up rooting for, and leads the Browns to the promised land (wait—wasn’t that Brady Quinn’s expected role? Well except for the Heisman part, of course).
Or, he ends up signing here, can’t beat out Brady Quinn for the starting job, never sees the field, and then we’re subjected to endless amounts of sports talk radio shows campaigning for Troy Smith (the golden boy from THE Ohio State University!) to be the starter.
You get the idea. This just wouldn’t be Cleveland if there wasn’t some kind of uncertainty/controversy at the QB position.