Why did you go with Alex Smith?
“The fact that he’s won a lot of games and his QB rating has been off the charts. I would tell you that he has the intangibles, the leadership and the work ethic and the smarts that you need to do well. He’s really had a touch of our offense; some of the numbering system is similar to what (49ers head coach) Jim (Harbaugh) had him doing.”
Was Alex Smith a good choice because of the system he was in?
“I think system is important for all quarterbacking. I think their system is similar to what we do. I have been sitting here telling these guys, that is an important part of it. The bottom line is that he has won games and he has a great quarterback rating. He is consistent, other than that, you get all of his intangibles.”
“It’s great to be back in this part of the country,” said Daniel, who last week signed a contract as a free agent to be the backup for Alex Smith, also newly acquired. “I was 120 miles down the road playing my college ball at the University of Missouri. There are a lot of the same fans, a lot of the same fan base. I’m excited to be back here. I definitely am.
“I played college football here. I’m really familiar with the Kansas City area. I’m familiar with the fan base. I’m familiar with the barbecue. I weighed every single option. I weighed the option of going back to New Orleans. At the end of the day, this was the best fit for me and for my career.”
First up, the Kansas City Chiefs. The Chiefs have had quite the offseason. First, they cleaned house and brought in Andy Reid to be their head coach and John Dorsey as the GM. Then they pulled off a trade to acquire quarterback Alex Smith from the San Francisco 49ers. They managed to re-sign wide receiver Dwayne Bowe and applied the franchise tag to left tackle. They surprisingly cut right tackle Eric Winston.
They weren’t done yet. In Free Agency, the Chiefs signed CB’s Sean Smith and Dunta Robinson, WR Donnie Avery, backup quarterback Chase Daniel and TE Anthony Fasona while letting Matt Cassel walk.