In a recent interview on Sports Radio 810 WHB, general manager John Dorsey was asked for a brief scouting report on Alex Smith. With no hesitation, Dorsey quickly chimed in, saying, “Better than advertised.”
He went on to praise Smith’s spot-on accuracy and mental capacity, relaying that Smith assimilates information and dissects defenses with ease. Dorsey also lauded Smith’s leadership: a quality that has been on a seven-year hiatus and gradually regressed into a distant memory in Kansas City.
Previous to the regime change, the Chiefs lacked a sense of direction. The general manager all but converted Arrowhead into the NSA’s regional headquarters. The head coach, while a grade-A human being, continually answered questions like Agent J just wiped his memory bank and the franchise’s most notable quarterback regularly looked like his spirit animal was a harp seal.
This week, Adam Teicher of the Kansas City Star wrote a piece about the co-existence of Jamaal Charles and Davis, something which has the potential to be insanely fun to watch. It could also be the Charles Show (also very fun to watch) with Davis holding a clipboard.
At Arkansas, Davis showed he can be a dynamic game-changer. He also showed he’s unreliable, whether it was because of injuries or fumbling.
Can Andy Reid get the most out of him and if so, where on the field? Does he make the biggest difference as a returner or a sidekick to Charles? Davis could prove to be a chance taken by general manager John Dorsey which didn’t pan out, or a gutsy decision proven correct.
Week 1: Chiefs at Jaguars
Could the Chiefs have asked for a better opponent to start with? Jacksonville is coming off the same record of 2-14 last season. They had the second pick behind the Chiefs in this years draft and honestly, they haven’t got that much better this off season. Their new rookie left tackle, Luke Joeckel, will definitely be tested in week 1 with Hali and Houston pressuring from the edge. The Chiefs have the QB advantage in this game as well with Smith vs. Gabbert. Jacksonville is still a few years away from being a contender and they’ll likely struggle again this season. I say Kansas City gets their first win, 24-14
Kansas City and Jacksonville are two of the latest franchises to place their playbooks on iPads for the first time this offseason. Like many of their computer-savvy peers, Chiefs and Jaguars players now have more helpful tools like video, voice note and search capabilities at their fingertips on a lightweight tablet rather than having to use the traditional thick binders filled only with page after page of Xs and Os.
“It’s the amount of information you can store in an efficient way,” said John Pollard, the general manager of STATS Sports Solutions group. “You could literally have a combination of analytics and performance metrics and scouting reports merged with the playbook. You have easier access to information.
“You could probably have every NFL playbook stored on a single iPad. Imagine what the volume of that would be in the physical world. That would be crazy.”
The Associated Press reported that 14 NFL teams had converted to iPads exclusively for their playbooks during the 2012 season with three others (including Kansas City) using the tablets to augment game preparation.