May 15, 2013; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Chiefs offensive lineman Donald Stephenson (79) and Jon Asamoah (73) run drills during organized team activities at the University of Kansas Hospital Training Complex. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

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“Just watching Steve Young back in the day, he’s that kind of guy,” wide receiver Dwayne Bowe said Wednesday. “He’s not too vocal about it, but when he’s in the huddle, he makes his presence known. He’s demanding guys speed up — I mean, I never had a quarterback like that.”

It took Smith more than five years in the NFL to adjust to the expectations that come with starting at the game’s most glamorous position. But given a fresh chance under a new regime in San Francisco, he thrived during the 2011 season, going 13-3 and leading his team to the playoffs.

He was doing it again last year, too, as the 49ers got off to a 6-2-1 start. But when a concussion forced him from the field, Colin Kaepernick stepped in and emerged as the next big thing in an era of mobile quarterbacks.

Kaepernick led the 49ers to the Super Bowl as Smith watched from the sideline.


How will Jamaal Charles fit into Andy Reid’s offense?

Heath Evans said he thinks new Kansas City Chiefs coach Andy Reid will use Jamaal Charles very similarly to how he used LeSean McCoy with the Philadelphia Eagles. Evans predicted that Reid might even use Charles in new schemes that he did not use in Philadelphia.

Reid’s hiring of Chris Ault, the pioneer of the pistol offense, also could indicate that Reid is trying to develop new offensive strategies to keep up with the changes in the NFL, Evans said.

New Kansas City Chiefs coach Andy Reid recently lured Mike Frazier from the Philadelphia Eagles as his statistical analysis coordinator, Frazier’s second NFL job. Before his nine years with the Eagles, he had internships with Smith Barney and Wachovia Securities. Finance is not always the path to a key NFL front office job, but it’s increasingly representative of a skill set being tapped to influence football moves.

The Eagles, meanwhile, are continuing an investment into analytics that has existed for nearly a decade, with full-time staffers employed in a department that falls under the coaching and scouting umbrella.

“Every team in the league is going to spend the next two or three years to see if they can build a better analytics department,” Demoff says. “Everybody’s trying to see if there’s a silver bullet.”

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