Smith On Bulger Deal: It’s Part Of The Game

Troy Smith could have taken Marc Bulger’s addition as a slight, but he just wants to keep competing.

Posted by Mike Duffy on Thursday, June 24th, 2010 at 5:04 pm | Categories: Mike Duffy

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After the Ravens brought in two-time Pro Bowler Marc Bulger, who agreed to terms of a one-year contract this week, Troy Smith’s situation is understandably on the minds of fans and media alike.

But with Smith getting pushed further down the depth chart behind Bulger and starter Joe Flacco, he now finds himself in a battle for the No. 3 position with John Beck. Still, Smith understands that a purple jersey is no guarantee at this point.

“It’s a part of the game.  The situation, there’s not much that we as players can do about it,” Smith said from Louisiana while participating in teammate Ed Reed’s youth football camp.

“The only thing that I can hold true to is becoming a better man and a better quarterback.  I think Marc Bulger is a great player.  I’ve always thought he was.  I get a chance to learn from another great in the game, just as Joe and John [Beck] can.”

Smith’s positive attitude is noteworthy, considering it was only three years ago when his chance to seize the starting spot was derailed by a tonsil infection.  Since that 2008 preseason, Flacco has risen near the top tier of NFL quarterbacks, while Smith has been a valuable No. 2.

That job is now slated to go to Bulger.

While Smith maintains his starting aspirations, he is content with the only club he’s known.  To show solidarity, Smith switched agents this offseason after his first one, Ralph Cindrich, publicly lobbied for the former fifth-round draft pick to be traded, saying “he would crawl from Baltimore right now to be able to play in Cleveland.”

“I was scrutinized not too long ago about some comments that were made, and choices and decisions were made after those comments,” the former Heisman trophy winner said.  ”So obviously, I’m with the team that drafted me, and I love it.

“Playing football is always about being competitive,” said Smith.  ”It’s a natural part of the game, so that’s just part of the territory. I’ve said it time and time again, my focus as a player is just getting better.  I have to take advantage of that opportunity, so I’m cool with it.”

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