The Kansas City Chiefs haven’t won a playoff game since January 16th, 1994 when they defeated the Houston Oilers 28-20.
It is safe to say that Chiefs fans are ready for a winner, something that has not been lost on the team’s new QB, Alex Smith.
The Chiefs have made a habit of picking up ex-49ers QBs. It was former 49er Joe Montana that led the Chiefs to that last playoff victory and GM John Dorsey and head coach Andy Reid are hoping Smith can follow suit.
As are Chiefs fans.
“It’s just been great getting a feel for the people in the area and how hungry they are,” said Smith in an interview with KCChiefs.com. “First of all, they’re very loyal and hungry for wins and that’s what you want out of a fan base. I see how supportive they are and I can feel how bad they want it, for this team to take those steps to get into the playoffs, win playoff games and then, the goal is the world championship, so it’s a good thing to have. I’ve been around the fans; it’s such a great thing.”
Obviously, things are a little bit different in Kansas City now then when Montana came to town. The Chiefs are coming off one of their worst seasons in franchise history and, let’s face it, Alex Smith is no Joe Montana.
But Smith’s recent play in San Francisco seems to indicate that he may be a bit of a late bloomer as an NFL QB. If Smith is finally just beginning to realize the potential that caused him to be the No. 1 overall pick in the 2005 NFL Draft, the the Chiefs may have made the best move of the offseason.
What do you think, Addicts? Is Alex Smith still on the rise or his he merely a placeholder?