The Alex Smith Effect

Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

Trivia time, boys and girls:

Q. Who was the last starting quarterback for the Kansas City Chiefs to win a playoff game?

A. Elvis Grbac

I hope the question didn’t confuse you. We all know Joe Montana was the last starting quarterback to win a playoff game for the Chiefs. I was actually looking for the last starter (at quarterback) to win a postseason game with any team. That’s even more significant than the former factoid. Kansas City hasn’t had a leader experienced with postseason success for more than a decade. Grbac hasn’t been on the Chiefs’ roster in 13 years (2000 was his final season with the team). Is it any wonder that the Chiefs haven’t won a meaningful game in January over that stretch?

Like it or not, Alex Smith is the new starting quarterback for this franchise. There’s plenty you can say to disparage the man as a football player, but he has won in the postseason. His performances in those playoff games two years ago weren’t an aberration. Smith played well enough in those two games for San Francisco to advance. He posted a 101 passer rating that postseason, throwing five touchdowns and no interceptions. I think that experience will aid the new-look Kansas City Chiefs.

Yesterday, I watched the April 4th episode of Chiefs Live and Alex Smith’s comments about Kansas City’s first voluntary workout of the offseason struck a chord with me:

You have to treat every day like a sprint, work as hard as you can to get better each and every day and keep stacking days together.

Smith knows how important a flashpoint the early offseason workouts are along the trajectory of an NFL season. He understands how a viable contender ought to prepare. Starting today, the Chiefs will embark upon a three-day voluntary minicamp. I’m persuaded that having the leader of your football team bring that to the table will aid the Chiefs in maximizing these workouts. That kind of leadership has been missing in Kansas City since Bill Clinton was in office. Think about that for a second.

I should clarify my intent here. I’m not in any position right now to say that the acquisition of Alex Smith will pay postseason dividends. I just don’t know that yet, but I am convinced that he’s a great fit for this team. Smith is poised under pressure, he can slide around in the pocket, will deliver the ball accurately on short-to-intermediate throws, take care of the football, and will make prudent decisions on where to throw the ball more often than not. All of that will be beneficial to head coach Andy Reid’s WCO system. Every coach wants to bring a winning culture to an organization mired in mediocrity, but that’s hard to do when your ace in the hole doesn’t know what that looks like.

Smith can be an effective leader for this group because he’s been exposed to the championship-caliber football they’re now aspiring to. There’s been endless talk about Reid’s postseason resume, but he’s not a player and won’t be in the trenches when the real bullets start flying. Players also look to their peers for guidance and Smith, at the most important position on the field, can provide that. Whether or not it will translate to the field remains to be seen. This team has a long way to go before they can be taken seriously. For now, I’m persuaded that Smith will impart just how important these workouts can be to building the kind of team that can win January football games.

Next week we’ll jump back into draft coverage and I’ll have my final predictions ready.

Until then, Addicts!

Topics: Kansas City Chiefs

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  • redchiefs

    Andy Reid knows that to be successful in the post season, the O line needs to be awesome. Go Chiefs!

    • ArrowFan

      And the QB play.

    • http://www.facebook.com/tim.hollenbeck.71 Tim Hollenbeck

      The o line needs to be awesome, but the QB average?

      • redchiefs

        I don’t get why everyone is saying Alex Smith is average, his QB rating in the post season is 110. That is not average

        • Stacy D. Smith

          Smith’s definitely turned the corner. He’s been very efficient over the last two seasons. Whether or not he’s good enough is still unknown, but he’s been playing good football for a while now.

        • http://www.facebook.com/tim.hollenbeck.71 Tim Hollenbeck

          because he played 8 seasons in the nfl and was uhhhh, average

    • Stacy D. Smith

      Better line play makes for an even more efficient Alex Smith. He was constantly running for his life in San Francisco. With or without Joeckel/Fisher though, we have a solid group.

  • Bosco Cletus

    The first paragraph reminded me of how hard it is being a Chiefs fan. No one blames me for drinking in access during football season anymore. lol

    • IceChief27

      No, but we blame you for drinking in excess.

      • Bosco Cletus

        Thanks for the correction, I had a hunch I had used the wrong spelling, but I looked at it twice, then just went with it.

        • IceChief27

          I was just giving you a hard time, hopefully we can celebrate at the end of the year instead of drinking away our miseries.

          • Bosco Cletus

            Sounds like a plan! I’m tired of saying after week 17, bring on the draft!

          • Michael Shaw

            I will be right there with you in spirit of course unless you live in San Diego!!!

        • Jim Harper

          It’s all good!

      • dominicscarlatti

        For some, ‘drinking in access’ is roughly the same thing as ‘drinking in excess.’ Not saying this applies to Bosco.

  • oldchiefsfan

    I hope Alex Smith is the QB to get us there. I really do!

    • micah stephenson

      I do to sinse we got him and we prolly aint get Geno. This looks like another Pioli/Cassel situation. Alex is given the job and will never haft to worry about sucking and losing his job. No serious competition or back up QB has been brought in.

      • redchiefs

        It’s okay man, have you seen Alex Smith’s ears? He’s part Elf, I expect all his passes to hit the receivers in stride and in their hands with a perfect spiral every time. Joe Montana was like that, I expect the same from Alex. GO CHIEFS!

      • Stacy D. Smith

        That’s quite the assumption. He’s been on the team a shade over 30 days now. I’m not sure how you came to those conclusions.

        • micah stephenson

          Which part is quite the assumption? We aint geting Geno or Alex wont haft to worry about sucking becuse Chase and Stanzi suck worse?

          • Stacy D. Smith

            At this point? All of it. Though I think it’s safe to assume we aren’t going to draft Geno Smith. I was mostly referring to the idea that he’ll be immune here under this administration.

          • micah stephenson

            If and when Alex goes down will we b able to depend on Chase or Tanney to win games? What happens when we get 8-9 wins but no playoff wins and next yr we sitting hur wit a 30 yr old mediocor QB who wants a raise an an extension and pick 18 in the draft( too low to get the top QBs)

          • Stacy D. Smith

            You’ll have another offseason to address the problem. We could double down and still draft a quarterback in the middle rounds. I have no reason to believe they are wed to Alex Smith. Not at this point.

          • micah stephenson

            Using pick 34 & a 3rd next yr and not drafting a QB this yr will convince me that Alex is it. Of corse there will always b “they can wait till next yr” after 30 yrs of waiting till next yr I dont believe them tho.

          • Stacy D. Smith

            They think he’s their guy. I can’t be upset about that. I fully believe in getting the guy you believe will give you the best chance to win. Their jobs are on the line. You can’t take a guy you don’t believe in, right or wrong. We’ll find out how keen their judgment on quarterbacks is in a few months. I’m reserving judgment though.

          • chiefdeorty

            I have been watching them lose for a long time now or I should say not getting all the way to the super bowl or the play-offs for that matter, however It’s not my money or my call.

      • niner559

        Your kidding right? Alex is a workaholic! He doesn’t care about competition, he wants to win. Kap wouldn’t have progressed to quickly if it wasn’t for alex, at least that’s what Kap said. Alex and Cassel in the same breath? Seriosly, half of the fans in SF think we would have won the SB if Alex was the QB. You got a top 7 QB, that’s getting better every year, playoff experience, winning attitude and you want to waist a 1st on an unproven college QB?

        • Darkwolf1414

          All the Niners fans I know are happy they got rid of Alex Smith and think we were stupid to trade so much for him. That includes the sports talk radio hosts around here. I’m not sure where you found those half that thought Alex Smith would have won the SB.

          I hope he plays well because he’s our QB but I’m not real excited. I appreciate that he is an accurate passer and that would have helped the Chiefs out a lot over the last few years.

          • niner559

            I guess i’m just talking from personal experience from being in the area, talking with fans, blogs, and watching every game as a niner fan. The fact is, if Kap wasn’t such a freak of nature, alex would have lead the niners to the playoffs easily, SB maybe. He is definitely starter material and I would say an easy top 5-10 QB.

          • micah stephenson

            Im the same way. I want Alex to win but im not excited about him. Im like lets get this season started so I can see it. Cus I haft to see it to believe it.

        • micah stephenson

          Alex a top 7 QB? Lol. Wow

          • niner559

            104 QB rating 70% completion 8 Y/A is top 7 QB right?

          • micah stephenson

            No. There is no amount of stats u can twist enuff to make us think Alex is Top 7.

          • niner559

            Why say “Twist” when I’m stating “Facts”? Those were his stats last year before injury. If he has maxed out, then that is what you will get. But he has not maxed out and he keeps getting better every year. But your right about not being able to teach those who don’t want to learn. Go Chiefs!

          • Suzi Conger

            Hey niner,,,,, I tried, gave Leno several excellent articles to read; I feel fairly sure he has not bothered to read them… not sure if he can??? I’ve come to the conclusion Leno does not comprehend…care, hope your team has a good year; but not too good against the Chiefs,, lol

          • micah stephenson

            Whoa! Not for sure if I can read!!! You the ugly ass dum blond! Debating about the chiefs is ok but personal insults is not wat you want to start doing!

          • micah stephenson

            Is that rating his career rating or just his rating for a handfull of games that you choosing to prove a point?

        • Suzi Conger

          Hi niner559,,,,Thank you!!;;; good points; I am an X-SF9er; now a KCC supporter; Harb said also ‘ Alex has coached CK7 MORE hours than I have and is directly responsible for the rise to the SB ‘..ASmith was NFL rated (’12) #1 !!! pass accuracy/completion%,,,#3 nfl QB overall,,,,Broke SF franchise record for number of passes with no interception ( surpassed S Young ),,,, Achieved MVP and ProBowl Nominee status ( as of concussion ),,,’Offensive Player of the Week’, rating of 154!!!….Wonderlic Exam score = 40 !!! ( CK = 37, PManning = 28 )…..AND AS, contrary to popular beliefs,, was SUBSTANTIALLY Superior in Red Zone than CK7… See http://www.espn.com “Closer Look at Where 49er QB Fell Short “…a fab comprehensive comparison between JFlacco/CK7 AND ASmith/CK7…. AS in ’11 led the niners into the PO’s; won the NO Saints game and EVERYBODY (in the know ) acknowledges that AS would have led 9ers to the SB….#10Williams handed the game to NY with his TWO Fumbles; the first f delivered the tie TD to NY, and the second fumble caused the NY win…… You are correct, many people believe ( including me) that Alex would have brought home the ring… MCrabtree said it well post SB game interview, ” I agree with the Ref’s Non-Call and besides, the ball/pass was UNCATCHABLE and Out-of-Bounds ” ( Yet another ‘Strong-Arm Overthrow )……… CK7′s final NFL rankings = #16TH reg. season, DID NOT even achieve the TOP 5 PlayOff QB ranking….. 45TH ranked SB QB out of 49 SuperBowls

    • Suzi Conger

      Hi oldchiefsfan, I am an X-SF supporter and now a KCC supporter, initially due to ASmith and AReid; now, the more I learn of the ‘Kingdom’, I luv the whole package!! :-)

      Plez read my posts to Leno….ASmith (contrary to some popular belief ) is ‘no slouch’, but rather very talented and accomplished…Also excellent read; http://www.bleacherreport.com “Breaking Down What New Look Alex Smith-led-Chiefs Offense Will Look Like” GO CHIEFS!!!…..

      • oldchiefsfan

        Welcome to the Kingdom Suzi!!! It’s always nice to have another member. I was a SF fan because I was a fan of Montana when he was at Notre Dame. When Montana came to the Chiefs I did a freakin jig!!! I still have the Chiefs banner he signed for me hanging in my house.
        I am coming around on Alex Smith. I have even considered buying his Jersey. If he starts winning I am all for it and I’ll leave the stadium with no voice from cheering for him!
        You see a lot of people trying to decide what they think of Alex Smith. I guarantee this if he starts winning games and pulls a couple come from behind wins for us at Arrowhead. 90% of this city will love him. Like I was taught in the Marines so many years ago there is no accounting for that other 10%.
        Again Welcome to the Chiefs Kingdom!!

        • Suzi Conger

          THANX OCF!!! I sense that I ( and ASmith ) have definately found my NFL team ‘home’…the spirit of the City, Arrowhead, team and fans definately suit my values and spirit better than SF Bay; though born and raised E Bay; my ‘roots’ are Kansas and Oaklahoma; my maternal Grampie, of Cherokee heritage was born and raised OK. and my Mum was raised in Kansas ( Fort Scott area )

          Though I’m a Santa Cruz CAL-Gal, I’ve purchased a FAB KCC cap, and will be obtaining an AS ’11′ jersey. I would LUV to make it to Arrowhead for the ’13 pre-seas SF/KCC game. ( R U on Facebook? ) GO CHIEFS!!!

          • oldchiefsfan

            Suzi Sent you a Friend request on Facebook. If you make it to that game let me know on Facebook and I’ll see if we can get to that game so we can show you how Arrowhead works!

  • micah stephenson

    Zzzzzzzzz. Wake me up when the draft starts.

    • Stacy D. Smith

      Even though this isn’t a draft-related article? Okay.

      • Jason Seibel

        He’s a Geno or bust homer Stacy. Anything NOT about Geno is garbage in their eyes. I on the other hand think it was a good piece, and think Alex Smith will get us to the playoffs.

        • micah stephenson

          O you figured out im not that excited about Alex Smith. Noticed how you said Alex will get us to the playoffs. You didnt say anything about a playoff win. Its not about Geno. If Matt Barkley was the best rookie QB then call Meon Barkastle. Im just not impressed with Alex. If the Chiefs pass on Geno I will just want the best QB next yr. And if we dont get the best QB next yr I will want the best QB the yr after that and on and on untill we get a young QBOTF that I like.

          • Jason Seibel

            If this crop of QBs were in last year’s draft behind Luck/RG3 they would be 4th rounders. Geno is 2nd rd talent at best in a normal year so why waste the #1 pick on him?

          • Stacy D. Smith

            Geno Smith would’ve been the third QB taken in last year’s draft.

          • micah stephenson

            Thank you.

          • Jim Harper

            More like 5th I think

          • Stacy D. Smith

            Behind who exactly? Tannehill? Wilson’s only an R1 QB in hindsight. Nobody gave that guy a first round grade in last year’s draft.

          • micah stephenson

            The 5th? Geno wud go before Tannehill, Weaden and Wilson

          • Spencer

            look at Tannerhill…then look at Geno…Geno was/is a better prospect…so Tannerhill kinda went in the 1st…and he was considered 2nd rnd talent….sadly Geno is considered 1st rnd talent…even if low or mid 1st rnd talent….its 1st rnd talent by every team…and this is a VERY good draft class at this point….just low in “star” or the rare Luck/RG3 that come every once a decade and everything seems to think they need to compare Geno to them QBs and a “for sure” thing superstar at a major skill position…also ever here of Ponder???? Locker??? I would take Geno over any of those guys coming out of college…your judging to much on Luck and RG3 and not enough on the TONS of other 1st rnd qbs who were considered far worse then Geno is at this point..

          • micah stephenson

            Luck and RG3 spose to b once in a decade QBs. In a “NORMAL” yr Geno is a 1st rd QB. And even last yr Geno wud b rated above Tannehill and Weaden.

          • http://www.facebook.com/tim.hollenbeck.71 Tim Hollenbeck

            Im with you. i am so sick of other teams castoff QB’s. When do we get our own QB

          • Stacy D. Smith

            I could care less where the guy comes from so long as he’s successful. How angry do you think the Broncos are about the castoff they have at the helm? Or how about New Orleans? I would love to see this team draft a QB, but I also want them to take THEIR guy. If that’s not Geno Smith, so be it.

          • micah stephenson

            You talking to a guy who wanted Drew Breeze from SD more than I want Geno now. How often are QBs like Breeze/Manning gon hit the market and how much will they cost becuse they cheap around hur wen it comes to QBs? & will they even pay KC a visit? Alex is they guy not mine. He has to earn his repect from me cus right now I dont believe in him.

          • Stacy D. Smith

            There are other quarterbacks around the league like Schaub play for teams that didn’t draft them. I’d venture to say that most of the fans rooting for Houston are generally happy with him. The Draft isn’t the ONLY way for a team to acquire a franchise quarterback. The best way, maybe, but not the only way.

          • Suzi Conger

            Great article Stacy!!! Plez check my postings to Leno, thanx GO CHIEFS!!!!

          • Stacy D. Smith

            Thanks, Suzi!

          • Suzi Conger

            Hey Tim, plez see my posts to Leno; ASmith is no cast-off…check it out :-) GO CHIEFS!!!

          • Suzi Conger

            Hey Leno, judging by your comments, it seems that you don’t know much about ASmith; only the negative ‘media-hype… I am a X-SF supporter and now with KCC due to ASmith and AReid…

            First; ’11 playoffs; AS led SF to their first win against NOSaints; 2nd po game w/ NY; EVERYBODY knows (surely YOU must ) that #10 Williams HANDED the game to NY with his TWO Fumbles; the first delivered the tie TD to NY, and the 2nd Fumble gave the win to NY

            2012 Season; Consider the Following;;;; Alex Smith accomplished the following IN SPITE of a paltry NFL rated O-Line QB Protection of 26TH!!! ( 7TH most Sacked/Rushed/PRESSURE and therefor the Shortest amount of time to execute plays/passes ) (Harb finally admitted that he and o-line coaches TOTALLY REVAMPED QB protection for CK7….and Wa La; CK7 had the luxury of nfl rated #1 !!!! QB protection…LEAST Sacks/Rushes/PRESSURE (CK crumbles under Pressure; just ask the Rams, SeaHawks, Ravens )… ASmith = ’12 season..#1 NFL ranked QB accuracy/completion% (greater than PManning),,,#3 nfl ranked QB,,,”Offensive Player of the Week, rated 154!!!..Nominee MVP and ProBowl (at time of concussion)

          • Suzi Conger

            ASmith Cont.)…..Broke SF franchise record for most consecutive passes with no interceptions…Wonderlic Exam; Score of 40; greater than PManning, ARodgers, CK7,, etc…RedZone- AS had significantly superior sucess in RZ than CK…Check Out; http://www.espn.com ‘ Closer Look at Where 49er QB (CK) Fell Short”..EXCELLENT RZ comparison between JFlacco/CK7 AND ASmith/CK7

            KCC does not have a ‘cast-off’”, but rather the Superior QB…

            .Consider CK’s ’12 and PlayOff season;;; NFL ranked ONLY 16TH….DID NOT EVEN achieve the TOP 5 rated PlayOff QB’s…CK7 is good, but not great; time will tell about that. Harb/CK7/SF accomplished FOUR big Firsts: 1) First time in NFL HISTORY that a Superior (rated) QB (AS) has been demoted/replaced by an Inferior QB (CK7) 2) First SF QB to lose a SuperBowl game 3) First SB QB to throw an interception 4) First SF QB to rank a PALTRY 45TH!!! out of 49 SB games!!! CK7 is FLASHY; I was wearing my sunglasses so I could see right through the glare, lol

            Prediction; Many (smart) D’s are gonna be ‘on to’ his ‘pistol’ and running plan (check out College stats., there was reason why CK went 2nd round )…..IF CK’s accuracy greatly improves, SF will be fine; After-All, they do have #1 O, #1 D (arguable),, Elite receivers, FGore….It was the TEAM that got SF to the SuperBowl; CK was the weak link…. MCrabtree said it best post SB game interview, ” I agree with the Ref’s Non-Call, and besides the pass/ball was UNCATCHABLE and Out-of-Bounds ” (YET ANOTHER Over-Throw by “Strong-Arm CK7 ” )

            O YEA,,, Check Out; http://www.arrowheadpride.com….”Breaking down Alex Smith; From Doubter to Believer”….. GREAT FACT-BASED information for you, the Doubter…

            CAST-OFF….Hardly ( same as PManning )… Yet SF’s loss, Our KCC gain….GO CHIEFS!!!!!

        • Suzi Conger

          Right On Jason!!! Plez check out my postings to Leno,, thanx GO CHIEFS!!!!

      • micah stephenson

        Im just not a big Alex Smith fan. Soon as I see him I think “look at him, he looks like if he wasnt in the NFL, he wud b an acoholic and live in his mommas basement”. Alot of these fans have been hypnotized into believing the company line “wait till next yr”. I dont believe they will get a QB next yr. Next yr it will b “o lets give Alex Smith 1 more yr” & “trading a bunch of picks to move up high enuff to get a QB is too exspensive we can take the 4th, 5th, or 6th best QB” & of corse the classic “wen can get a QB NEXT yr”. I think pick 34 & a 3rd next yr and passing on Geno means this is Cassel all over again. They think they can win with Alex so he is gone b hur a while not just 1 yr. And Im just not sold on the guy. If we start off 4-0 mayby ill change my mind. We get 8-9 wins I wont b suprised. If we get ten I will b.

        • Stacy D. Smith

          We may draft one next week. The fact that we may not take Geno hardly means they won’t take one later in the draft. If we wind up with, say, Tyler Wilson in Round 3…It’ll be tough to argue with what they’ve done to improve the quarterback situation.

          • micah stephenson

            Later in the draft? If Geno aledgedly aint NFL material why wud the lesser QBs b any better?

          • Stacy D. Smith

            Who said he wasn’t NFL material? I’ve never heard that argument. They just don’t think he’s worth the #1 pick. A Tyler Wilson in Round 3 would be much better value.

          • micah stephenson

            Fans on here say he is not 1st rd talent all the time. Now they will prolly change it up and say “I said he wasnt 1st pick material not 1st rd”. Tyler Wison might b ok 1 day but if you can develope Tyler think of how much more you can develope Geno.

          • Stacy D. Smith

            The only thing that matters here is whether or not the Chiefs like him at 1.1. Wilson will be much better value if he’s sitting there in the 3rd. Value does factor into the equation.

          • Jason Seibel

            Nobody has ever said Geno isn’t NFL caliber. He’s just not worth a top 10 pick.

          • micah stephenson

            Those same people who told you Geno aint worth the 1st pick now have him mocked to the Jags at 2. Wow!

          • Jason Seibel

            Just because he’s the best this year doesn’t mean anything. It’s a lack of options.

          • Stacy D. Smith

            Sure he is. He checks out in every way you can measure a quarterback prospect. The Chiefs don’t think he’s a #1 pick. I disagree, but I’m fine with their assessment.

        • Suzi Conger

          Hey Leno, did you read Jason’s article (in addition to my posts, lol ) ,,,, “The KC QB Debate; Tale of Two Smith’s ” …Great information…

          Plez tell me that you don’t “judge a book by it’s cover’ (looks) ; but rather by accomplishments and talent.???? WHY would you expect 4-0 of AS when PManning’s ’12 season started 0 – 3 with franchise breaking record for 3 Interceptions in the first quarter/half????

          • Jason Seibel

            Thanks Suzi. Glad you liked it. He read it and tried to pick it apart just like he is here.

          • micah stephenson

            I dont judge a book by its cover. I open Alexs book and I read that his stats are almost identical to cassels, & he was injured 6 out of 8 seasons, & he dont throw a good deep ball, & the most yrds he had passing in a season is 3144, & the most tds he had in a season was 18, & that his coach wanted to go with Kopernick becuase he wanted to open up the offense, & he will 30 soon, & he got beat out by some horrible QBs before……I know I know but he had a good QB rating before his yearly injury last yr.

          • Stacy D. Smith

            A dry reading of stats like that would give you that impression, but more careful research will illuminate the fact that Smith is progressing while Cassel is regressing.

          • micah stephenson

            I see how Alex has very slowly got better and better. But 8 yrs to get to 3144 yrds and 18 tds? How many more years before he reaches a 4000 yrd/ 25 TD season? Keep in mind I cant find any holes on the 49s and the chiefs dont have nearly as much talent. These rookie QBs are coming into the lg put n up better numbers than Alex.

          • Stacy D. Smith

            He started progressing in 2009 (his fourth season as a starter). Smith didn’t play at all in 2008 so let’s stop calling it 8 years. It basically took him three seasons to show real progress. Since then, his passer rating has gone up every year. If you don’t like him, I’m okay with that, but don’t distort the facts to make your argument. A moment ago you were trying to draw a comparison between him and Cassel (when clearly there isn’t one).

          • micah stephenson

            Why didnt he play at all in 2008?

          • Stacy D. Smith

            He was IR’d (broken bone in his shoulder).

          • micah stephenson

            O. O. Ok. He was injured…AGAIN!!!

          • Stacy D. Smith

            You keep moving the goalposts here. First you tried to draw a comparison between Smith and Cassel. Then you suggested it took 8 years for him to turn the corner. Now you’re focused on his injury history. It’s quicker and easier for you just to admit you don’t like the guy.

          • micah stephenson

            I think thats ovious. Knaw I dont like him. Is he better than Cassel? Yes he is. Alex can get us about 8-9 wins so he is better than Cassel.

          • Stacy D. Smith

            You should make that clearn then instead of making multiple arguments you’re unwilling to commit to.

    • Guest

      Same ‘ole Leno. Mention Alex Smith and his Geno HO starts sagging!!!!!

  • kcfollower

    Alex Smith will NOT have success in KC. He is NOT the answer nor is he a starter.
    He has not proven himself in 8 years why will that change now? It won’t. If they don’t draft a QB #1 and think alex smith is the answer, I give this regime my vote of no confidence.

    • chiefdeorty

      Smith was the biggest bright spot in the play-offs in 2011 he got them in there and he brought them back they missed the super bowl that year because of Williams. Geno Smith is not the answer! I hope they wait tell next year and do what ever it takes to move up and get Teddy Bridgewater. Why don’t you go ride the donkey

      • micah stephenson

        Is Teddy Bridgewater the top QB coming out next yr?

    • Jason Seibel

      Just sayin…

    • Jason Seibel

      How is a playoff winning QB not t he answer but an unproven over rated college QB is? You make zero sense sir.

      • niner559

        Completely agree Jason! I just don’t understand either…

      • micah stephenson

        Every player in college is unproven in the NFL. How is an unproven Luke Jokel the anser over a proven Albert? Uh uh but uh Albert b injured, yea so does Alex Smith.

    • http://www.facebook.com/genemyuk Gene Yuknis

      spoken like a true raider fan!!!!!

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100005102554690 Jason Taylor

      Proven himself…. Sorry he didn’t win the Superbowl. He did win playoff games, he did lead a team, he did have a top 3 QB rating until his concussion last year… All of you people hating on Aex Smith cause we didnt draft him should take a step back and look at your own logic…

      Andy Reid is known as a QB guy… He develops QB’s… Hmmm…

      A QB who has already had tremendous success paired with a guy who has historically gotten his QB’s to overachieve. Sounds like a plan. Anyone remember McNubb…. Oh… That’s right…an overrated college prospect who went on to have success in the NFL..including a trip to the SB.

      Geno Smith… He can’t play against top talent. Had his worst games against top talent, and this is who some of you would rather have over a proven commodity? Really… Stop drinking your own Kool-Aid and assess the situation for what it is…. Without your heart on your sleeve.

      • Jason Seibel

        I couldn’t agree more! Glad we’re on the same sheet!

        • Jim Harper

          ditto

      • micah stephenson

        Dude. Alex has reached his max potetial which is 3144 yards passing in a season wit 18 tds. He is not gonna get any better. Matter fact going from a team so loaded I cant find 1 weakness to a team that won 2 games, he is not gon get better.

        • Stacy D. Smith

          People said the same thing two years ago before he nearly lead his team to a Superbowl.

          • micah stephenson

            If he nearly leads us to a superbowl he is the man. But this is the Show Me state so he has to show me.

          • chiefdeorty

            I really hate it for you leno! this must be hard for you. As far as Bridgewater he don’t run but he picked the #1 defence apart in their bowl game against Fla. I think when it all said and done he will be the talk of the draft next year.

          • micah stephenson

            Well we all know KC is scared to draft a 1st rd QB and definatly aint trading picks to move up so who are some of the tier 2 QBs coming out next yr?

          • R Le

            Didn’t he show you when he lead two comeback scoring drives against NO in the last 4 mins of the game?

        • niner559

          Every single year he has improved, fact. Even before JH arrived in SF. If last year was his Max, you guys just got a top 3 QB.

          • micah stephenson

            Lol. Lol. He he he. Now he is top 3? by tonight he shud be the best QB in the NFL! LOL

      • kcfollower

        If Reid can develop QBs, than why not draft one. Surely there is at least one. Alex Smith was not and is not the answer. He will prove it. When this happens I will not blame Smith. I will blame the guys who wanted him. Remember the previous regime wanted a back up QB for a strarter. Do you really want to this again in 2-4 years?

        • micah stephenson

          You right . Wen Smith fails I shudnt blame him. He is just happy to still hav a job. I will blame R&D.

    • Calchiefsfan

      Which quarterback in the draft has proven himself in the NFL? As opposed to Alex Smith having taken his team to the NFC championship game just to have his team mate blow it!
      If you think Geno is the answer go back and check Alex Smith’s college stats. He was more highly rated in his draft than Geno is this year.
      I’m not saying that Geno is going to be bad or Alex is going to be great. What I am saying is that Alex Smith HAS proven himself in the NFL, Geno or any other qb in this draft has not.
      One other note, Trent Green ran the #1 offense in the NFL for 4 years with the Chiefs and he was no Peyton Manning but similar to Alex Smith. Green never won a playoff game because we had the worst defense in the NFL.

      • micah stephenson

        Trent green had 4 probowl o line men and a very good 5th olinemen. A probowl TE, a probowl FB, and a pro bowl RB, J.Dunn a monster blocking TE, & 2 good wrs. Is that wat its gone take for Alex to b good?

        • Calchiefsfan

          Actually yes or something close to it. That’s why I want to see our o line beefed up. We have a pro bowl RB, a pro bowl WR and 2 good TEs, though Tony G they obviously are not. We don’t need to have the #1 offense just top 10 and a good D.

          • micah stephenson

            O I get it! If the other 10 starters are probowl quality then Alex might look good! So ignore the QB and make sure everyone else is good. I see :)

          • Calchiefsfan

            Wow! Quit putting words in my mouth Micah. Let me clarify. Alex Smith gives us a better chance than Geno Smith. I know you think Geno is better than Peyton, Brady, Rodgers,Brees or any of the other unproven NFL qbs. I don’t, simple.

          • chiefdeorty

            I hope you don’t have a break down over all this stuff you have no control over.

          • niner559

            Every QB that’s makes it to the playoffs has a pretty good team around them. Alex >>> Geno.

          • redchiefs

            This is a team game, I don’t care how good one player is, it takes a team to win, so yes, we need good players around the QB, and an outstanding line in front of him. Look at the SB winning teams, the 70s Steelers, 80s niners, and all the other teams had a great team of players around the QB. Looking at the film last year, Alex is far superior over Geno Smith.

        • R Le

          He did it with a suspect oline in 2011 and his WR’s were Crabtree and Kyle “i screw up punt return” Williams. If it wern’t for K Williams niners might have been in the 2011 SB instead of the Giants.

          I honestly think offensively the chiefs are more talented than the niners of 2011.

      • micah stephenson

        I dont go by wat other people rate players. I go by my own ratings. Those same people who rated Alex higher than they are rating Geno also had A.Rogers ranked lower which is who Geno reminds me of with his play.

        • Calchiefsfan

          I hear that, Kiper has been wrong more times than right with his qb scouting reports. That being said, it’s why I say that Alex Smith is a much better quarterback than Matt Cassel. I’ve watched the tape on both and there is no comparison. I’m not saying Geno is bad, I’m just saying we don’t know yet. With A. Smith we know he’s won playoff games in the NFL.

          The thing with Geno is that his NFL success will depend a lot on who his coach is going to be when he gets drafted. If it’s a guy like Reid or Harbaugh he’ll do a lot better than maybe say if he goes to Jacksonville, Oakland or Buffalo.

          • micah stephenson

            I think Geno goes #2 to jacksonville. With Geno, MJD, C.Shorts, & Blackmon, Jacksonville is back in bizness. They still got pick 33 too.

    • steve james

      I am willing to give him a season to prove it. I like his smarts, if you watch any tape on him at all you will see he has very quick decision making and great great footwork. Too things Cassel never had. He has also continued to get better every year. I think he will excel. He will not be what holds this team back this year. It will hinge on Bob Sutton and what the defense can build and how quickly imho.

    • niner559

      Not a starter? He’s proven himself as the starter of the 49ers. Took them to the playoffs 2 years ago and was taking them again this year. You clearly don’t follow football.

  • William Campbell

    I wasn’t a big Alex Smith fan at first.. but the more I think about it I like this. The last couple of years opponents would just stack the box, now when they put 8 guys to stop the run smith will make them pay for it.. the play action pass is back in kc

  • Bigtexjayhawk

    Smith has excelled the last two years at his position. He is what HCAR wanted…for years! He is precise, can run and is a tremendous leader. There is no one in this draft as good as him. Geno will be broken in two by week 4. I would love to get Bridgewater next year. We just were so darn un-lucky to be the worst team last year. QB though needs to be better of course but i think we need to get better all around if we want to sniff the playoffs. Our OLine was horrible. WR bad. TE puke. DL slow. All in all we have to remember.. Football games are still won in the trenches!! OL and DL play better we win more games plain and simple

    • R Le

      Wow someone who doesnt think that a star QB is what wins superbowls? It’s things like O line and D line play TOP, run game, good defense, field position and turnover battle that really win games.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000791316574 Jerome F. Melson III

    I will have to agree with Suzi on this… I think that we got the better end of the deal when it comes to ASmith. CK7 stepped into a perfect situation, all the pieces gelling together and kept the momentum… kinda reminds me of another situation… when MC16 did nearly the same in New England… I am a believer in the intelligence, skill level and poise the ASmith brings and the offensive mind and system that will encourage him to be successful. I understand your skepticism Leno with the whole QB carrousel that we have had to endure in the past, hindsight being what it is does not mean that I have to demand success before acknowledging the possibility of success that waits for us on the approaching horizon…… GO CHIEFS!!!

  • micah stephenson

    Hey Stacy Smith, as the team is now how many yrds passing and TDs do you think Alex Smith will have this yr? I will ask you agian after the draft so u can factor in the rookies.

    • Stacy D. Smith

      Hard to say since Reid is apparently going to tweak his system a bit. Depends on how balanced the offense is overall. Assuming it’s a 50/50 split between run and pass…I’d say 3,000-3,200 yards and probably something in the neighborhood of 24-26 TD’s.

  • football4life

    I was wondering if i was the only 49ers fan now finding himself keeping tabs( and hoping that they’ll more than succeed) on the Chiefs. I really believe that chiefs fsns ( and sanfran fans peeking) will be happy with the Chiefs organization for aquireing the new signal caller and thrilled with the outcome of the season. I believe Arrowheads everywhere will still be ROCKIN IN JANUARY.

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