The Kansas City Chiefs opted to trade for former San Francisco 49ers QB Alex Smith this offseason, rather than to seek a starting signal caller in the 2013 NFL Draft.
It was a bold move for a new regime that could have decided to draft and develop their own guy. New Chiefs GM John Dorsey, however, decided to go with a veteran and it is a decision he does not regret.
“In today’s football, truth be told, you need a quarterback to sustain wins,” Dorsey said. “After evaluating 20-something players both in college and pro football, I said earlier and I’ll say today, Alex Smith was the best option for this organization. I still stand firm by that.
“The more I’m around him, the more I embrace him as a man, as a leader. Statistically and watching the film his performance on the field speaks for itself. With the coaching staff in place, it will benefit us.
“I think we made the proper decision with him. I can’t wait for training camp. I can’t wait for preseason because I believe in this guy.”
It is pretty clear that the Chiefs have hitched their wagon to Alex Smith for the foreseeable future.
If Dorsey and Reid really do think that Alex Smith can lead the team to a championship, well, we can only hope they are correct. Smith has shown the ability to lead a team to playoff victories, something no Chiefs QB has been able to do since Joe Montana retired.