Troy Smith: Triangle Offense All By Himself
Troy Smith hasn't had the most luck in his career at the quarterback position. He has proven himself to be a big time play maker, but nothing has come easy for the former Heisman Trophy winner.
He had his worst game of his career in the most important game of his life in the 2007 National Championship game when he threw for 35 yards on a 4-14 passing day getting sacked five times.
Then just as he's about to take the reins of the Baltimore Ravens offense he comes down with a rare tonsil infection, and loses his job to rookie quarterback Joe Flacco who stepped up big time for the Ravens last season almost getting them to a Super Bowl.
Troy Smith has had all the odds stacked against him, but the coaches see something in him that they love because they keep on playing around with the idea of using Mr. Smith in their offense.
This season their emphasis has been on expanding their roles, and a player that has stepped up and said okay is Troy Smith.
In his limited time last season, he threw a 45 yard dart to his quarterback, and ran the ball in what coaches called the "Suggs Package."
Terrelle Suggs had faith that Smith could play apart in the Ravens winning games, and I believe that he was their key to making it to the Super Bowl last season.
One thing about a key is if you don't use it, it won't open the door. The Ravens failed to use him against the Steelers, and the lost a nail biting game.
I think the coaches noticed that, because not only is Smith running and throwing, but he's added a third element which is pass catching.
The wildcat offense became famous when Miami defeated the Patriots with it, and Troy Smith is the Ravens wildcat player who will be able to do anything the coaches ask him because he's a leader as well as a stellar athlete.
With this third element in Troy it opens up a lot of possibilities for this offense, as well as Troy if he succeeds in doing it.
Originally, Smith didn't want to do anything with receiver, but I think he'll do anything just to get himself on the field so he can make a difference for his team.
When asked about expanding his role Smith said, "Well, it's expanded role camp, definitely, when they put you in a situation where you get a chance to do something different and expand your role, you just step up and rise to the occasion.
"I'm not opposed to it," he said. "I didn't get here catching balls. ... I play quarterback. That's what I do. I guess sometimes when you're blessed to a certain extent to do different things, the power of the pen and pad takes over.
"Coming from where I come from in Ohio - Columbus and Cleveland - it's about taking care of business with the task at hand. Everything in front of you is the most important thing. All of that stuff on the side will take care of itself. What's most important now is the Baltimore Ravens."
This is who Troy Smith is. He's not going to complain, he's not going to say how much he doesn't like it, he's going to go out there and give it all he's got. In that stand point he's more mature than most NFL players.
When head coach John Harbaugh was asked about Smith and his new position he said, "Troy looked very good, he made a nice catch over the middle. Without making a big, huge story out of it, I'm quite sure Troy will be lined up in some different places this year."
This is how much confidence Harbaugh has in his quarterback, he thinks he's a good enough athlete to line up anywhere he asks him to and make plays.
One day, Smith will be a starting quarterback for someone. He has the talent, the leadership, and the attitude that coaches love and it won't keep him on the bench for too much longer.
I think that he is a phenomenal player and will continue to get better no matter where he plays.
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