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Jamaal Charles Says Alex Smith Is Super Bowl Caliber


Kansas City Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles appeared on Around the League on NFL Network this week and demonstrated just how confident he is in his new QB, Alex Smith.

Charles was asked if he thought Smith was a Super Bowl caliber QB and the All-Pro RB didn’t bat an eyelash.

“I think he is. He’s got a great arm,” Charles said. “He’s been winning most all of his career. I think he wants to prove people wrong: That he is a good quarterback, that he can stay consistent.”

Chalres is probably right about Smith having a little bit of a chip on his shoulder. After nearly leading the San Francisco 49ers to the Super Bowl in 2011, Smith was benched after missing a game due to a concussion. His backup, Colin Kaepernick, led the team to the Super Bowl. After the season, Smith was traded to the Chiefs.

Charles realizes that Smith likely didn’t take too kindly to his benching.

“It probably hurt him,” Charles said, “because he probably felt like everybody forgot about him because of the Kaepernick situation and being a backup. Making it to the Super Bowl but not playing in the Super Bowl. Everybody wants to play in the Super Bowl. So, I think he’s got a lot to prove and he’s a Super Bowl quarterback … with the passion to go out and prove people wrong.”

If Charles is right, Chiefs fans are going to be very happy their team traded for Smith.

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  • Zachary Barry

    I am excited we were able to get Smith. Now I believe he is going to come out of the gate and have an amazing year to show everybody he is more than just a decent game manager. After this year is up I hope people are talking about Smith like wow what a year or where did this guy come from. It’s a great time to be a Chiefs fan and can’t wait for training camp and preseason.

  • Stacy D. Smith

    I’m glad everyone respects and believes in Alex Smith. That’s going to do so much for the confidence of this football team. Last year, the Chiefs seemed to have none.

    • micah stephenson

      In my Scooby Doo voice “HMMMM”! Lol

      • Stacy D. Smith

        I should’ve said I’m glad his “teammates” respect and believe in Alex Smith because clearly there are fans, like you, who hate him with the power of 1,000 suns.

        • micah stephenson

          Uhh IDK I kinda thought the power of a million super nova’s was more in the area.

        • micah stephenson

          I dont hate him. Hate is kind of a strong word. I just haft to see it to believe it with this guy.

  • Jarad

    It’s awesome seeing the excitement in players this year after what was arguably the worst season for a team in league history last year. The core of this team is running out of time so winning now is crucial. These players deserve to win and they believe they will! GO CHIEFS!!!

  • Travis Forsyth

    why not? kc did trade for Len Dawson after all….2015 SUPER BOWL 50!!

    • berttheclock

      ??? What trade? He came in as a free agent to the Texans.

  • Da Menace

    Super Bowl caliber QB is good….but Super Bowl winning QB is what I’m talking about! Now go get a Hunt trophy and follow it up with the Lombardi!

    • Suzi Conger

      AS11 has already proven himself as a SB quality QB… it takes the whole team to get there and win.
      For example; AS11 would’ve taken SF to the SB in ’11/’12 if #10Williams had not handed and delivered the Win to NY with his two crucial fumbles…
      Myth; “AS11 does not have a ‘strong-arm’
      Consider;
      2006 = 75Yds
      2009 = 73
      2010 = 62
      2011 = 56
      2012 = 55 (CK7 = 57yds )
      AS11 did not have the Time needed for long passes; in reality his pass protection was poor; ’12 season nfl rated 7th highest sacked/rushed/pressure QB ; short amount of time to execute play/pass… PS; CK7 & PManning tied for 1st; nfl LOWEST sacks/pressure/rushes; they had valuable time to pass
      If KCC o-line can give AS good protection, receivers can catch and run accurately, D-line pressure on the opposition QB (PManning, heh, heh),
      the sky’s the limit for AS11… well shucks, PO’s at least, plez
      Go Chiefs!

      • Da Menace

        Taking a team to win is common knowledge. I’m just happy we have a more than capable QB to finally run an offense worth putting on the field. The way I see it Bowe has better numbers than Crabtree and Charles…well he’s in a league of his own so I won’t compare him to Gore. No wonder AS is so excited to be a Chief! I know I am!

  • micah stephenson

    “I think he is” lol. Or “I know he is”? Lol. Cmon Jamaal, have some faith n yo boy! Lol. Id b like “yea everybody we play this yr is gone get they ass kicked, including the sorry ass denver Bum-cos” “If we dont go 16 & 0 it will b becuse of what we didnt do instead of what they did do” “In the playoffs those teams will no match for our #1 ranked high powered offense backed up by mayby one of the greatest defenses of all time” “This aint Payton Manning or Arron Rogers or Eli Manning or somebody like that, this is Alex Smith!!!! “yall betta reconize” “They might as well put the Chiefs name on the Lombardi trophy right now” “Goooo CHIEEEFS”

    • micah stephenson

      2 dis likes! Lol. I love it! :-)

  • Suzi Conger

    Alex Smith and CK7 led SF to the SuperBowl; CK7 lost the SuperBowl with 55+-% completion/accuracy rate, 1st ever SF interception, and final RedZone failure; Crabtree said it best post SB game, ” I agree with the Non-Call and besides, the ball/pass was uncatchable and out-of-bounds”…Another ‘strong-arm over-throw’…
    Best SF Home win; AS11 vs BBills 45-3 wk 5
    Best SF Road win; AS11 vs GreenBay 30-22 wk 1

    SF tied Rams with AS11/CK7 at center
    SF LOST to Rams with CK7 at center
    SF Win vs SeaHawks with AS11 at helm
    SF Loss vs SHawks with CK7 at helm

    AS11 ’12 nfl QB rating = 3rd ( #1 accuracy/completion%)
    CK7 ’12 nfl QB rating = 16TH !!

    Good chance that SF would have won SB ’13 with AS11 at helm : AS11 = 20+% greater success in RedZone than CK7 and 5+% greater 3rd conversoion success than CK7

    • micah stephenson

      Im starting to think you like A.Smith. All those fancy stats and everything.

      • berttheclock

        Yes, it is very interesting when a great poster, such as Suzi, provides excellent stats to back up his comments, instead of just
        hyperbole. You really should check out how inept the Niners were in terms of playing talent for his first two years, then, he lost a year due to an injury and had to watch the experiment of management trying to see if two different QBs could replace him. They failed and he came back as the new GM was really finding talent to work with him. Geez, micah, that GM even found a few “boring” offensive linemen for him, as well as wide outs who could get open and catch the ball.

        • micah stephenson

          We cud use some wrs. Baldwin seems a lil slower than I 1st thought. He got Calvin Johnsons size but dont use it right. Is he gone b able to get open or attempt anything besides a leaping one handed grab this yr? Is lil ol 5’7 170 lb Mcluster gone do anything this yr? Our wrs not named Bowe are horrible at route running and creating seperation.

    • micah stephenson

      Yea but Kopernick was n his 2nd yr vs Alice Smiths 8th season. CK has a stronger arm and is waaaay more mobile, younger, cheaper, more marketable, & is gon b the QB for the next decade for them.

      • Suzi Conger

        Hey micah, Happy Sunday :-)

        Yea, but… CK7 had the luxury of starting nfl in ’11 with ‘Coach of the Year’, team-mates that were above-average to excellent caliper, superb mentoring/coaching from AS11.

        AS11 started in nfl during SF’s ‘Dark Years’; the worst team in nfl ( thus the #1 pick AS11)…chaotic and horrific Coaching/Management, average caliper teammates, no mentoring/coaching from an experienced QB.

        younger, cheaper, more marketable….Agreed

        Disagree …… ‘stronger arm’ and ‘waaaay more mobile’ :-)

        • micah stephenson

          Lol lol lol “Superb mentoring/coaching from AS11″ lol lol lol. How you know so much about the 49s?

          • berttheclock

            The bigger question, micah, is how do you know so little about the NFL?

          • micah stephenson

            I dont keep up with the 49s.

          • Suzi Conger

            ” Alex Smith coached CK7 more hours than I did….. “AS11 is a direct link to CK7′s nfl success and road to SB..” Jim Harbutt

            ” AS11 was my mentor…. he was constantly teaching me to read the Defense…” CK7

            Unless, you are suggesting they are both lying??

            micah… how is it your tendancy is argumentive and derogatory towards KCC’s QB AS11? Yet, you say “I don’t keep up with SF9ers” That’s ambiguous; your arguments are based on heresay by other unknowledgable people, I guess?

            Hey, did you read in it’s entirety the excellent article that I suggested?

    • Troy Utt

      Suzy… Great post, but you waste your time on Micah! The topic could be rocks, and he will somehow turn it into something negative about Alex Smith. He was the driver for the Geno bus… Obviously the brass identified AS as the best suited QB to run Reid’s hybrid WCO… I was /am elated at his signing, & have a great feeling about where the direction of the position is going right now. Smith, Daniel, Stanzi, Bray, all in their own regard have something to offer. Now that we have a solid O-line, a great running game, we may finally have the pieces to put the puzzle together provided we can patch together at least a #2 opposite Bowe… The “D”… well, enough said! I can’t wait to make the trip to St. Joe, and expect a great season! WAR CHIEFS!!!

      • micah stephenson

        Smith, Daniel, Stanzi, Bray all f**king bums. When yall gone realize that?

        • Troy Utt

          When are you just going to find a different team to so-call “cheer” for? As with this fair weather cherry pick thing you do, you might as well be a faider fan!!!

      • Suzi Conger

        Agree thanx Troy… I’m excited too; is it Aug. yet? lol Go Chiefs!

        • Troy Utt

          LOL!!! I got your six…
          I’m all in… and NO the season can’t get here quick enough! I’m actually looking forward to loading up & heading to camp here in about three weeks. Will be the first time, and am looking forward to getting AS autograph on my helmet, along with JC and the others… Will make a nice addition to the man-cave! LOL…
          WAR CHIEFS!!!

          • Suzi Conger

            Sooo cool Troy…. happy for you n have fun :-) I’d luv to experience Arrowhead…maybe Raider game? Go Chiefs!!

          • Troy Utt

            I have to admit there is nothing like seeing a game from inside ARROWHEAD! Have been a perm fixt in sect 122 for nearly 20 years! Go early, stay late, leave hoarse…no other way to do it! Hope you are able to make it some time…
            WAR CHIEFS!!!

          • Suzi Conger

            I hope that I can make it there sometime, too. Go Chiefs!! :-)

  • Abel Tovar

    Alex had a chance to be a Superbowl QB in 2011 but instead he went 1-13 on 3rd downs. He blew his chance. He and he alone. Kap IS a Superbowl QB and I’m so happy the Niners decided to stay with him over Alex.

    • Kisersosay

      So the fumble on the punt had nothing to do with the loss…..you are too funny…

      • Abel Tovar

        The fumble wouldn’t have mattered if Alex could do his job. He had 2 chances to win the game even with the fumble and what did he do, he threw 5 of his last 6 passes in the dirt. Pathetic.

        • micah stephenson

          O snap. Dont tell me that. Im already skeptical of this dude.

        • John Walsh

          Alex was playing with less options by the time they faced the Giants. He was down to Davis and Crabtree wasn’t much help. The Giants’ defense peaked at just the right time and both fumbles made a huge difference in the outcome of the game. Had he held on to the ball, the Niners could have driven the ball. Instead, Williams put the Giants in short yardage for a score. When it came to the SB, the QB with the right touch to get the ball to someone else besides Crabtree, was sitting on the bench. Smith didn’t lose the SB, Kaepernick did that, with some stupid play choices by Harbaugh and Roman. Too bad the left side of the field was so open, what with the Ravens bunched up on the right, waiting for what they knew was coming.

        • Suzi Conger

          TWO FUMBLES on the punt; handing NY the TD that tied the game, and the 2nd #10Williams punt fumble that caused the NY win. Abel; plez get your facts correct.

          Not nearly as pathetic as CK7′s 55+-% SB pass ‘completion’ rate, RedZone failure, Interception / TO

          Have a friendly challenge for you abel; read an Excellent factual article , http://www.arrowheadpride.com “Breaking Down Alex Smith; from a Doubter to a Believer” Great FootBall IQ analyzing.

          I’m glad too that “Hissy-Fit Harbutt” kept CK7 too… SF’s loss, KCC’s gain

  • John Walsh

    Remember one thing. When it came time for the final series in the Super Bowl, the QB who knew what to do, was sitting on the bench watching Kaepernick. Now it’s all well and good to use a lame label like “game manager” but all QB’s are just that. Smith was just as responsible for the Niners getting to the SB, but not for the loss.

    • Abel Tovar

      The QB that knew what to do? Did he know what to do in the 2011 championship game when he went 1-13 on 3rd downs and threw 5 of his last 6 passes in the dirt? If Alex knew what to do, he would have been playing and not Kaep. No way Alex wins that game vs the Falcons after being down 17-0. You KC fans will learn the hard way.

      • niner559

        Kap is more exciting for sure, but he is not the better QB right now. The Niners don’t fall behind 17-0 with Alex. He plays smart and manages the game. That’s not a knock on him, he just knows how to control the game. Kap does not. As a niner fan, I am hopeful that Kap progresses, because he is a rare talent, but right now, alex is the better QB.

        • Abel Tovar

          How is Alex better? Stats are almost identical will Kap being better in most or just about the same. Kap is more dominant and can beat you with either his arms or legs. The defense is the reason we fell behind 17-0, not Kaep. Just like in the SB it was the defense that let us down, not Kaep.

          • niner559

            Alex sustains drives and Kap is more of a quick strike QB. Both are good at what they do, but alex gives the D more time to rest. With alex, they do not fall behind so quickly. With alex in the game, they might have scored some early points and not have to come back from behind. With that said, I think alex sees the field better at this point in his career and kap uses his feet to make up for it. Kap takes more chances and had a few INT’s dropped that could have been devastating. Luckily, he throws a ball that the dbacks could not handle (super hard). Alex spreads the ball around. Doesn’t matter what your name is, if your open, the ball is coming your way. Really doesn’t matter, alex is a chief and kap in a niner. I will follow the chiefs games because of alex, but my team will always be the Niners!

          • Suzi Conger

            PoppyCock.. CK7 personally lost the SuperBowl.. . CK7′s accuracy/completion rate was po-dunk; a paltry 55+-%. , an interception/TO and Speaking of Mega-Red-Zone Failure,,, but, as you say ” ( CK7) just wasn’t doing his job “

      • micah stephenson

        How you know so much about Alex Smith? Are you a 49s fan? Is Alex Smith good enough to get this team to the playoffs and win 2 or 3 playoff games?

        • Abel Tovar

          Yes I’m a Niner and Alex fan. Been following him his entire career and am a huge supporter of his so I know his weaknesses. He plays too safe, scared. He’ll get you into the playoffs if the division stays weak but you won’t go far with him. SB, don’t even think about it. I’m sorry.

          • Suzi Conger

            AS11 , CK7 and the TEAM got SF to the SB… CK7 LOST the SB

      • berttheclock

        Abel, how many Super Bowl rings do you wear? Bill Cowher wears one and, during the long black out, he suggested that Harbaugh should replace CK with Alex Smith. Get back to us when you know more than Bill Cowher.

        • Abel Tovar

          So a coach that only has ONE ring in TWENTY ONE years of coaching is infallible? Lol. Right. I’ll back Harbaugh on this one since he has as many coach of the year awards in 2 years as Cowher has in 21. Alex Smith can’t play from behind. He’s too scared and doesn’t take chances. Example, vs the Giants it was 4th and 15 in our red zone and he throws a 5 yard pass. That is Alex in a nut shell.

          • niner559

            Too scared to take chances…lol. You’ve heard of the Saints game right? I’m starting to think that you are not a real alex fan…

          • Suzi Conger

            Abel, How many ‘rings’ does Hissy-Fit-Harbutt have, again?….No Abel, wedding ring, high school college grad rings don’t count, lol

            O sorry, that was Harbutt/CK7 that lost the SuperBowl with CK7′s 55+-% accuracy/completion rate, poor RedZone performance… MCrabtree said it best post SB, ” I agree with the Ref’s Non-Call, and besides, the pass/ball was UNCATCHABLE and out-of-bounds”.. Another CK7 famous ‘strong-arm-Overthrows !! O yea, also CK7/Harbutt accomplished the First SF SB interception/TO, First SF SB LOSS, and First SF QB to nfl rank a paltry 44TH QB rating ( 47 SB games)

            Speaking of RedZone; AS11 achieved 20+% Greater Success in the RZ than CK7 and 5+% more 3rd/conversions than CK7

            AS11 led the SF vs SeaHawk Win
            CK7 led the SF LOSS vs SH

            SF tied Rams with AS11/CK7
            SF LOST to Rams with CK7

            NFL Best SF Home Win = AS11 vs BBills 45-3
            ” Best SF Road Win = AS11 vs GrBayP 30-22

            AS11 completed 4 passes over 40yds/ 9 games
            22 passes over 20yds
            CK7 completed 4 passes over 40yds / 13 games (2 O.T) ” 32 passes over 20yds

            Wait a minute!!!!… That means that AS11 has a HIGHER rate of long passes than CK7 (averaging by games played) There are many more facts/stats that dissolve the AS11 Negative Mythology

            SF’s loss, KCC’s gain

        • Suzi Conger

          Like :-)

    • Suzi Conger

      Agreed John… #10Williams handed and delivered the win to NY with his two crucial fumbles