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Alex Smith Understands How Badly Chiefs Fans Want A Winner

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 “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?

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  • @Jplazak

    I hope he truly understands how bad we want it. If he does, he will prepare himself like no QB in NFL history has prepared. We want it bad Alex. Get it done. I believe in him. ChiefsNation will love you forever if you take us to the promise land.

    • The City Freaks

      I’m pretty sure he wants it more than the fans.

  • Stacy D. Smith

    Having a QB who doesn’t turn the ball over as often as his predecessors will go a long way toward being competitive again. Do it for your teammates though, Alex. Forget about the fans. Win on the field and you’ll win us all over.

  • oldchiefsfan

    I have already requested an Alex Smith jersey for my Birthday.

  • Troy Utt

    “Hat’s-Off” to the brass for bringing in Alex!!! Time of course will be the measure, but I believe the last two seasons serve as a testament to his ability to run our team. There was no better FA or draft prospect and both Reid & Dorsey identified Alex had those rare leadership qualities!!! That being said… You will not find a fanbase that is as rabid, hungry, loyal, & supportive!
    There is nothing sweeter than a noon kick-off sitting in Arrowhead, after tailgating in Red Reserved with 70thou of your closest friends! That opening kick-off, after we have just just finished singing the Star Spangled Banner…Reminding opposing fans, “And The Home Of The…CHIEFS!!!” A win always makes it better to close out the day…Welcome to KC Mr Smith, the Sea of Red awaits your arrival!!! WAR CHIEFS!!!

    • KCMikeG

      Getting fired up for camp!

      • Troy Utt

        Michael, Where is the info for camp this year?
        I looked on-line & what I saw had a 2012 date on it…I believe we may try to go, even tho it’s getting a little late… Plans are a little more off the cuff since the accident!

  • Justin R Groth

    I think he is a place holder who is hopefully on the rise.

  • Aaron Martin

    Alex, lead the team! The fans will follow. We will be behind you all the way if you are the leader we expect. This is from a 25 year fan here in Nashville, Tn. And I will be wearing your jersey on Oct 6 sitting at the 40 yd line rooting for us when you play the Titans. Please destroy them!!

    • KCMikeG

      Way to stay loyal in a hostile environment! It should be a good game as the Titans had what I think was the best draft of all. We will be rolling by October! Go Chiefs!!

  • micah stephenson

    Place holder. Alex Smith is just a waste of time we dont have. I hope we get lucky and he win us a super bowl but im not puting any money on it. If he do happen to win a playoff game he will b crowned a king around hur cus fans accept that as our ceiling. We need to start doing what it takes to win a superbowl.

    • Jim Harper

      And you should get on board Micah!

  • ArrowFan

    As far as this off season goes, we got the best QB available. Of course one can easily say the same thing with regards to 2009.

  • PunjabiPete

    I’m going to vote on the rise. Give Alex Smith the tools we have at our disposal, and LET HIM PLAY. Let him either show he is worth the pick or not based on his skills and merits, don’t try to “protect” him like we did with Cassel, which led to a lot of “he’s a product of the system” retorts and second guessing. Let Alex Smith either shine or fail. I think he will shine, but if we go with out “dive, draw, throw to the flats, punt” offense then it doesn’t matter WHO we put back there.

  • chiefdeorty

    He sounds like the leader we have been looking for since Trent Green was here I hope he can take us farther than Green only time will tell. The coaches are ready this is a fresh start and I think everyone in KC is ready. SO GO CHIEFS!

  • Canad-Ian

    He’s the best QB we’ve had since Damon Huard

    • Jim Harper

      No, since Trent Green!

  • Caleb Wylie

    I believe in him, BUT I want him to get us a 7-9 record this season, just so we keep our second rounder, and then in 2014 we hitnour ceiling winning a playoff game, and why not a SB

    • The City Freaks

      he’s gonna get hated on so bad if he doesn’t get 8-8 or better

    • KCMikeG

      I’ll gladly give that 2nd round pick next year if he can lead us to a playoff win.

      • Suzi Conger

        Michael, I agree with you. Yet consider that Alex has already demonstrated that he can lead wins in play offs; ie. New Orleans ’12 and remember that #10Williams handed/delivered the PO win to NY with his two crucial fumbles. Alex would have led SF to the SB in ’12 and ’13 with a high probability of a ’13 SB win due to the fact that AS has a substantially higher rate of success in the RedZone than CK7 (a little known fact).

        It takes the whole team to achieve the PO’s and SB; good receivers, o-line that protects the QB and RB, and D that can pressure/sack the opposing QB.

        Alex has already proven his capability… GO CHIEFS!!

  • BigGil

    I went into last season cautiously optimistic, and got my heart broken. Still cautiously optimistic this year, but with much heavier emphasis on “cautious”. Doesn’t hurt that so many players coming in seem to have chips on their shoulder, Alex Smith included. Lose your job, not because you were doing bad but because you got hurt for a game and your boss decides “we need a change of pace and the dude who replaced you is also winning”? That’s gotta be infuriating and a huge motivator to do even better and show your detractor what he’s missed out on. My brother (a Giants fan) has no great interest in Smith, but thinks what Harbaugh did was so shitty that he hopes Smith beasts out and Kaep bombs… gotta say I “get” that sentiment. Overall, we have a new QB, new HC, and new GM who seem to all want to be together and all want to win now (along with a bunch of other players who want the same)… that’s gotta count for something, right? Desire by itself doesn’t equal success, but I’d think it is a key ingredient…

    • KCMikeG

      Karma baby!

  • Thomas Garcia

    Alex Smith shall display a solid game performance for the K.C. Chiefs!