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Chiefs’ Andy Reid Talks Alex Smith


Kansas City QB Alex Smith has a career-resurgence in San Francisco in 2011 and the Chiefs are hoping their new signal caller can continue to improve during his stay in the City of Fountains.

Chiefs head coach Andy Reid is often credited for getting the most out of his QBs. If Reid can get more out of Smith than Jim Harbaugh did in San Francisco, the Chiefs could find themselves challenging for a playoff spot in 2013.

Reid, said he is happy with Smith’s progress thus far in the offseason workouts and practices.

“Well I think Alex is doing a good job,” said Reid after yesterday’s minicamp. “He’s working, he shows nice control of the offense, guys respect him, good command in the huddle, he gets peoples’ attention. He’s demanding – he’s demanding on himself but he’s also demanding on the guys around him and they seem to respond to that.”

Smith, who was often criticized in San Francisco for not taking enough shots downfield, is being pushed by Ried to take more chances, at least early in the process.

“It’s a new offense, so I would tell any quarterback that comes into one, that’s what you need to do,” said Reid. “I’ve told them all that. Go ahead and take your shots, see what you can get away with, within reason. If it’s a close throw, there are going to be a few of those in the National Football League on game day, so you need to know what you can get away with on each route and how you work it. That’s kind of what I told all of them.”

The Chiefs only have two more minicamp practices left before the break until training camp. Reid is hoping his team can come back and practice with the same intensity for the rest of the week.

“It went back-and-forth,” Reid said of Wednesday’s practice. I saw some good things. We had a couple down-the-field throws with the offense, more so than we did yesterday. The guys were working hard. That’s a challenge – to come back that second day, are you willing to work as hard as you did the day before. They’re willing to do that.”

The offseason practices are all about laying the ground work for training camp. Once the Chiefs reconvene in in late July, the real work begins.

Tags: Alex Smith Andy Reid Kansas City Chiefs

  • Carlos Nevarez

    Its really awesome That Big Red Is trying to coach Alex into throwing the deep ball. I think were Gonna Have to if we dont want defenses to.figure us out too easily.

    • Suzi Conger

      Fun little known info; long-pass stats for AS11;
      ’06 75 yds
      ’09 73
      ’10 62
      ’11 56
      ’12 55 (9 games) (CK7 = 57 yds)

      Our QB can throw deep….Go Chiefs!

  • Stacy D. Smith

    I love that Reid’s allowing his quarterbacks to take their shots. You have to trust them to make the right decisions and be willing to go out and attack defenses.

    • Chris Tarrants

      I agree, I just hope that he isn’t pushed into the Favre type gun slinger! Smith has been known for his accuracy and control along with good decision making, he needs to keep that and be really picky about where he takes his shots

      • Stacy D. Smith

        Even with freedom to do so, I doubt he’d ever play like Favre.

      • chiefdeorty

        I think he will he wants to win and show people that he is all they think he is not.

        • Suzi Conger

          Fun little known facts re/ AS11 ; Long-passes;

          ’06 75 yds
          ’09 73
          ’10 62
          ’11 56
          ’12 55 (CK7 = 57Yds

          Our QB can throw deep; but he has to have the time (protection) and receivers that are open and can catch
          Go Chiefs!

      • Suzi Conger

        Agree with you Chris. Upon listening and watching AReids interview, I’d like to mention that AR is talking pushing the aggression during Practices where interceptions ‘don’t count’. He explained it’s his way of coaching all/every QB within a new system and teammates. AR’s stated purpose: the QB and teammates will get to know how far they can push their boundaries in preparation for regulation games. Go Chiefs!!

  • chiefdeorty

    I am so glad we have Alex & Andy here in KC. I really believe we will be the team that will steal the show come game day. We have so many guys that are so hungry, the new ones and the guys that are held over from last years team are ready to have some redemption. It is so exciting this year and while I know there can be a learning curve and mistakes can be made. I still think that with everyone buying into what the coaches are teaching that great progress can and is being made right now and I think it will continue right on to camp and the season. We all can look forward to this season with hope because of the changes that are taking place in KC. WATCH OUT DONKEYS!

    • Suzi Conger

      Ditto chiefdeorty, woo woo Go Chiefs!!

  • Suzi Conger

    Thank you Patrick, for a good article