Chiefs QB Smith To Get His Due


The last couple of seasons the Kansas City Chiefs couldn’t shake the disease.

The “three-and-out” disease.

That should be different this season. However, predicting third down success is a bit like predicting the horses. Sometimes the best pedigree in the world doesn’t even place. Think Brian Daboll: great pedigree, not so great offensive coordinator.

Arrowhead Addict’s own Jason Seibel recently wrote a post called “Football for Dummies – The 2013 Kansas City Chiefs Edition” in which he outlines, step-by-step, how the Chiefs should be better in 2013. If you want to get excited about the new season pick a copy at your local newsstand.

Jason adeptly spells out how Andy Reid’s West Coast passing oriented approach, with Alex Smith at the helm, won’t need to lead the league in passing to make the Chiefs into winners and playoff contenders.  While some fans attest that some of the math doesn’t add up… it’s the improvement in third down conversions and the turnover/takeaways that fans should jump for joy about, especially when it comes to Alex Smith steadily steering the ship.

In 2012, the Chiefs were last in the league in plus/minus turnovers at -24, tied with Philadelphia (which at first glance is not encouraging considering our new coach was in Philly last year). The next worst team was Detroit at -16. This indicates that the Chiefs offense was not only turning the ball over faster than pancakes at an IHOP on a Saturday morning but, the defense wasn’t creating many turnovers either.

In 2012, QB Matt Cassel threw 12 INTs while throwing 6 TDs and fumbled the football 8 times in 8 games. That’s a lot of counter-production to account for on your own.

While it’s been suggested that the Chiefs offensive line — or lack thereof — is in part responsible for these fumbles you need look no further than Cassel’s 41 total fumbles in his career to understand that he has a bad case of fumblitis. Matt Cassel has averaged 8.0 fumbles each season, during his years as a starter.

Jeffri Chadiha of ESPN recently wrote that, “Kansas City could’ve won seven or eight games last season if Cassel hadn’t handled the football as if it were a live grenade. He turned it over a mind-boggling 14 times in the first five games of 2012.”

Then, Cassel’s 2012 “super-sub” Brady Quinn pitched in another fumble of his own and added 8 more INTs.

Consequently, it may not be accurate to blame the Chiefs offensive woes on the OL alone.

You may be wondering how Alex Smith fares in these departments. He had 3 fumbles in 2012 while appearing in 10 games.

Smith has averaged 6.2 fumbles per year in his career. Compare that to Tom Brady’s career numbers. Brady’s averaged 7.2 fumbles per year. Or, compare that to Aaron Rodgers over his years as a starter and he comes in at 6.8 fumbles per year.

So, Alex Smith takes good care of the ball. Not as good as Peyton Manning, who’s only fumbled the ball 4.2 per year during his years as as starter but, Smith is obviously going to be a big upgrade in the giveaway/takeaway department.

Consequently, Chiefs fans should see fewer “three-and-outs.”

Another barometer of success for a QB is good decision making, which can, to an extent, be measured by looking at a QB’s interception percentage (INT%). Meaning: the percentage of times a QB is intercepted when attempting to throw a pass. Once again Smith ranks with the best in the league. Alex Smith’s INT% for his career is 2.9. Peyton Manning’s is 2.7.

In 2011, Smith was best in the league in this department with a 1.1%. Last year he had a 2.3 INT%.

Tom Brady is currently at 2.1 INT% for his career and Aaron Rodgers is 1.7, which is what separates Rodgers from the pack and makes him what I would consider to be the best QB in the league right now: because he makes excellent decisions with the organization’s fate resting in his hands.

In the past 6 years Alex Smith’s INT% has been: 3.6, 2.1, 3.2, 2.9, 1.1, and 2.3. If you toss out Smith’s rookie year (6.7) and average his past 6 years, his INT% in that time has been 2.5… placing him right there between Manning and Brady.

Matt Cassel’s INT% the past two years was 3.3 in 2011 and 4.3 in 2012, averaging out at 3.8.

When you consider that the San Francisco 49ers were 14th in the league in total first downs and the Chiefs were 28th you can see that Alex Smith will help significantly. Plus, the 49ers were tied for the 4th fewest penalties on first down while the Chiefs were tied at number 8. Smith will help in that department too, although the improvement may not be as dramatic or noticeable.

One mathematical improvement you can count on this year is the Chiefs offensive line. Add the  franchise tagged LT Branden Albert… then add the number one overall pick in the 2013 draft Eric Fisher… then add the return of injured 2011 second round pick Center Rodney Hudson… then add huge and talented free agent Guard Geoff Schwartz… plus RG Jon Asamoah continues to progress…. and the line will be better in 2013.

Remember the Barry Olé Richardson Era… or the year of the cat named Eric “The Crowd Pleaser” Winston? I thought you might.

Clearly, the line will be better.

Alex Smith and the OL are creating a synergy: they’re making each other better. With Branden Albert and Eric Fisher serving as the line’s Genesis and Revelations, the good book we call “The Chiefs Offensive Line” just got good-er-er.  The Chiefs offensive line will be as good as it’s been since Moses came down from the mountain… well… at least since Willie Roaf and Will Shields were writing a chapter or two of their own. And that will make Alex Smith better… and versa vice-uh.

Some of you may recall I was not initially in favor of the trade that brought Alex Smith to Kansas City. At first, I thought it was more of KC accepting San Francisco’s cast offs. I thought Smith was on par with Cassel… until I did a little more research.

While the addition of Smith alone should give Chiefs fans reasons to be excited, the improvement of an attacking style defense authored by new DC Bob Sutton should also help to produce more turnovers thereby changing the dynamics and circumstances of each possession.

Which leads us to this point: the past does not equal the future.

In Jeffri Chadiha post called “Alex Smith Bounces Back, Again” he states,

The people who write off Smith as an overrated retread should pay close attention to those last two years in San Francisco, when he threw 35 touchdown passes, 10 interceptions and helped the 49ers go 20-6-1 in his last 27 regular-season and postseason starts. He had a found an undeniable comfort level along with a clearer understanding of how best to succeed in this league…. The Kansas City Chiefs will be the most improved team in the NFL this season, primarily because Alex Smith will be their starting quarterback.

When you think of successful teams and their quarterbacks… Brady and the Pats, Rodgers and the Packers, Brees and the Saints… you realize that for a quarterback to “get his due” it means the team is also, getting their due.

Like Jamaal Charles said recently, “It’s a whole new team.”

That’s going to change the way everyone else in the league perceives the Kansas City Chiefs… and it should also get Alex Smith his due.

What do you think Addicts? Will Alex Smith get his due this season?


Tags: KC Chiefs

  • berttheclock

    However, credit must be given to Cassell for trying to fall atop those “live grenades” in order to protect his fellow team mates. With the Vikings, I wonder how many “Purple Hearts” he will accumulate for such endeavors?

    • ladner morse

      Cassel was supposed to be flying for the Air Force but couldn’t read the control panels. Grounded far to many times.

  • Aaron Martin

    Man, can we get this season started… With all of this positive thinking about the Chiefs, it’s making my days at work a breeze grinning ear to ear.
    I do believe that AS will be out answer for vast improvement. And JC will light it up out of the backfield this year!

    • ladner morse

      Yep… AS will be the biggest improvement but don’t forget… the Chiefs are now 3 very good TEs deep… have added two more excellent linemen to last years group… added a solid #2 WR in Avery and now have depth at RB with Knile Davis, Gray and Draughn. And that’s just the offensive side of Sundays.

      • elly violette

        You only mention the offensive improvements. What about the defensive improvements?

  • micah stephenson

    Hmm. Intresting. Alot of people seem to like this Alex Smith character. I actually just tried to picture AS being as good as Manning and Brady and us winning 13 games, but my brian wudnt allow me to caculate those kind of physics. Lol.

    • Canad-Ian

      I mean he’s no Geno Smith, but few are.

      • ladner morse

        That made me laugh out loud…. nice!!!!!!

    • Calchiefsfan

      Manning or Brady? I don’t think so but a big improvement over anything we’ve seen since the Trent Green era.

    • Robert Escobedo

      Hey Micah, as a long time Niner fan I can tell you that those years the Niners sucked Alex was running for his life! lol Those teams went something like this: Gore up the middle, Gore over the left guard, THIRD AND LONG, punt.

      Put it this way, I’ll still keep tabs on the Niners, but I’m more excited for the Chiefs games. Alex is a great quarterback because he gets the ball to the playmakers, as a good QB should. Look at what happened to Vernon after he left. Kaep’s talent would have pushed out Manning and many other “elite” quarterbacks, so S.F.’s loss is definitely the Chiefs gain! GO CHIEFS!!

      • micah stephenson

        Run on 1st, run on 2nd, pass on 3rd and long is we run aint it? Lol

  • berttheclock

    I still believe the play of the offensive line will be critical this season. Any decent O-line needs time to mold into a cohesive unit. When, one considers only one player on that expected front five is playing the same position he played in college, that being Asamoah at guard, it might take sometime. Hudson was a guard in college. Schwartz was a RT in college. Albert was a guard. Allen was a tackle. Fisher was a LT So, with the exception of Asamoah, all have been asked to step up and play a different position in the pros. Much of the expected success of Alex Smith will depend on this unit becoming one tough front for him.

    • micah stephenson

      For the 1st time in AA history Ima haft to say “I agree”

      • KCPauly

        I am marking my calender…LOL
        Go Chiefs!!!!!!!!

      • Kisersosay

        You are not getting soft on us now micah…..

    • Canad-Ian

      Albert has been at LT for long enough now that we don’t need to bring up his college position, but I see what you’re saying.

    • ladner morse

      Positional flexibility across the offensive line is a big plus. For an OC… it’s to die for. This is a good problem to have.

    • Calchiefsfan

      While I agree with you that the o line play is critical to the Chiefs success and a ? going into this season but you make it sound worse than it is. All the players except for the best OT in this years draft have been successful in the NFL at the positions they are being asked to play, (well maybe not Allen but Schwartz will probably be starting). So the questions are can they gel and how long will it take.

  • Jarad

    Im too pumped too early!! Sundays are actually going to be enjoyable again. A fan cant ask much more from their teams front office. Well played boys, well played

    • micah stephenson

      I cant wait to go to the 1st day of trianing camp!!!

      • Jarad

        That would be fun. Im hoping to comeup for the Dallas game.

        • micah stephenson

          Yea boyeee. Ima b up n st Joe at least 3 mornings a week for training camp.

          • KCPauly

            You be nice to AS when you’re there now Micah…LOL
            Go Chiefs!!!!!!!!!!

      • ladner morse

        I’m trying to see if I can get to training camp the first week. Hope to see you there.

        • micah stephenson

          You know its only morning practices now.

          • KCMikeG

            Except the first day on Friday July 26th it’s at 3:30. The rest will be a bitch to get up and get there by 8:15. I am planning on being there though so look forward to meeting you guys!

    • ladner morse

      I agree and am amazed how this regime has done what the last one said it would do… and that was create solid depth across the board. There’s still a few positions that need more but the depth hasn’t been this good since the 90s.

  • micah stephenson

    I guess As11 aint as bad as yall think I think he is. Lol. I wonder how good will the Chiefs really b this yr?

  • KC Claussen

    Hmm..I remember being this pumped about this time last year. Show me already!

    • ladner morse

      I understand completely. However… remember this… Romeo is to Haley as Herm was to Vermeil. Meaning… the organization tried to make a change while upsetting the applecart in the least way possible.

      Also… remember this… Reid and Dorsey are to Romeo and Pioli as Marty Schottenheimer and Carl Peterson were to Frank Gansz and Jack Steadman.

      IOW… it’s okay to expect big positive changes this time around becasue although this off season may feel a little like last off season… there is a giant difference that will last for years to come.

      • elly violette

        “Reid and Dorsey are to Romeo and Pioli as Marty Schottenheimer and Carl Peterson were to Frank Gansz and Jack Steadman.” … very nice!!!!

  • Jason Seibel

    Ladner, great post! I’m glad you’re firmly a member of “Team Alex” now! I will say this about AS11. I am very careful how I spend my hard earned money. I currently own two Kansas City Chiefs jerseyes, #82 Dwayne Bowe in home red, and the great #19 Joe Montana throwback. I just added the away AS11 jersey in white to my collection! That should say something. Great post and great break down, and thanks for the nod to my work! Go Chiefs!

    • micah stephenson

      Alex Smith!!!!! Baaaah haaaaa haaaaa haaaaa. I got P.Holmes, Tony G, JC and E.Berry. Glad I never got that J.Baldwin I was gone get. I know Im get the 300 dolla Eric Fisher soon but i kinda want 2 jerseys this yr. I cant decide on who tho. Mayby Bowe or Tamba. Definatly not A.Smith. Lol

      • ladner morse

        What if AS11 goes ProBowln… what then?

        • micah stephenson

          Mmmm. Still no. Lol.

          • ladner morse

            He’d probably have to lead the Chiefs to a couple of SB wins and go to the HoF before you would buy his jersey… am I right?

          • Stacy D. Smith

            Basically.

          • micah stephenson

            1 super bowl win and Id owe him an appology for thinking he is garbage cough cough I mean just average and Id buy an Alex Smith Jersey…..for my dog. Lol

    • ladner morse

      Jason… I live in he Dallas area and last year before the season started I went to half a dozen sports wear stores and asked for Chiefs jerseys but, didn’t find anything. At one store the salesmen all laughed when I asked. I can’t wait to have the Chiefs improve… just so the stores here will carry Chiefs items. :)

      • Jarad

        Im in Fort Worth and i get plenty of laughs and wise cracks about my team from randoms. My friends actually support the Chiefs for the most part. Mainly because we’re all together every Sunday at Bostons watching our teams and frankly, its not nice to kick a guy while hes down. But this year will be different! I’ll keep sporting my Chiefs golf head covers, my shirts, my hats and take my Chiefs cooler to the pool. But this year , all those randoms will say, “damn, your Chiefs are legit”. Cheers to a great season and a week 2 dismantling of the Cowboys!

        • ladner morse

          The Cowboys OL is going to have a very difficult time dealing with the Chiefs front seven. It’s all about match-ups in teh NFL and they aren’t going to match-up well against anyone this year. Maybe the worst OL in the league.

          • Jarad

            Yea ,Houston should be a stat packer against that right side of their line. Witten could cause problems depending on the matchups, but Demarco Murray will have to get through 4 quarters healthy before he faces KC. Thts unlikely. Do you go out in Dallas to watch the Chiefs games? I know its not easy to get them on at some places.

          • ladner morse

            Point After North in Lewisville… I’ll watch some of the games there with a small group. Last year I had the NFL package from Direct TV so I was only there once.

          • elly violette

            I’ll meet you there sometime… okay?

          • ladner morse

            Kewl!

      • berttheclock

        If there is a Dick’s Sporting Goods in your area, they can order Chiefs jerseys and have them delivered to your store or even to your home. I live in Portland and that is how I bought my Chiefs visor.

  • Hacksaw 46

    As a life long SF 49er fan( since 1956) and now a follower of the KC Chiefs, I know how good Alex Smith is going to be as the Chiefs QB! The Chiefs are a very talented team and with AR as the head coach and AS as the QB, even Micah ,LOL, will be happy!
    Go Chiefs!

    • elly violette

      Are you sure there is anything that will make Micah happy? :)

      • KCPauly

        Geno…HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAHAH!!!!!!! Go Chiefs!!!!!!(sorry Micah had to:~)) )

        • micah stephenson

          I dont even f**k wit Gee-No! He just happen to b the best rookie QB. If Alex Smith sucks Ima like the best rookie next yr.

          • ladner morse

            Micah… whether Alex sucks this year or wins an mvp… there’s a good chance the Chiefs take a QB in 2014 draft cuz there’s a bunch of good one’s coming out.

            Teddy Bridgewater, Louisville
            Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M
            Tajh Boyd, Clemson
            Aaron Murray, Georgia
            A.J. McCarron, Alabama
            David Fales, San Jose State
            Dererk Carr, Fresno State
            Jeff Matthews, Cornell
            Bryn Renner, North Carolina

          • micah stephenson

            Uuhhh cut it out! You know the Chiefs dont draft QBs in the 1st rd. If one of the scrubbier QBs fall to the 3rd rd then mayby.

      • micah stephenson

        Winning. Beating the Broncos and Raiders. Thats wat makes me happy.

    • micah stephenson

      Hmmm. Alex Smith huh? We’ll see.

    • Robert Escobedo

      Hack, is it me or do the Chiefs look alot like the Niners did just prior to Harbaugh coming aboard? (minus the killer D however). They have a stud running back like we had Gore, a go-to receiver in Bowe (like Davis), and a young offensive line. I too am more excited to watch Alex and I’m trying to figure out how I can get Chiefs games in California! lol. Another new Chiefs fan here too!!!

      • Hacksaw 46

        Robert,

        Agreed, Many of the same components. A team laden with talent just waiting to beleive in themselves. A fan base that is sceptical because they have been burnt by past performance. Being new to the Chiefs in a way is an advantage , we are able to see this team with out all the bagage that comes with losing, I know about losing being a 9er lifer. What bodes well for the Chiefs is their long term out look is so damn promising, they will compete for the title for many years to come.

        Robert , I signed up with Game Rewind to be able to watch, I live in Hawaii.

        Go Chiefs….

        • Robert Escobedo

          Thank you. I will look for it. I am so excited to watch the Chiefs this year. Regardless of how they do I think they will be a fun team to watch.

  • Stacy D. Smith

    Good stuff, Ladner. I wish I were as confident in the offensive line as you are. I HOPE Schwartz wins the LG gig, but it’s hard to know what Reid’s thinking. If Allen wins the job, we’ll have to unproven players shoulder-to-shoulder in the middle of that line.

    • Chris Tarrants

      We will be fine. If nothing else they can swing Charles outside off tackles and have smith make quick three step drops and light up the middle without facing a ton of pressure. Again that is worse case senerio and best case is that the line jells and smith can take his time to methodically pick apart defenses and Charles can run through any hole he wants to and bang out ten years sprints at will sprinkled with a handful of 80 yarders

      • Stacy D. Smith

        What makes you so sure? Rodney Hudson is returning from injury and has a grand total of 4 NFL starts. Jeff Allen stunk out loud as the left guard. Fisher’s got a mountain of potential, but has zero NFL experience. Where’s the confidence coming from?

        • Chris Tarrants

          Allen will be keeping our bench good and warm for the rest of the guys so that their cheeks don’t freeze when they come off the field. Hudson is coming back from injury but don’t forget who he studied under before he got his chance! He will be a stud, mark my word. Albert has proven himself and needs no help, asomoha has proven to be a really good player, not elite or a stud but good. Then the other fella we signed was regarded as a good tackle who will now be playing guard which should make him even more effective

          • Stacy D. Smith

            I wasn’t worried about Albert and Asamoah. The two of them are both among the Top 12 players at their position in the league. My concern with Allen is that he’s undersized already and will have trouble maintaining his playing weight throughout the season (much like Casey Wiegmann). Wiegmann always started the season strong, but as he slimmed down with the progression of the season, he became less and less effective.

            The drafted player you’re referring to will be our starting right tackle (Eric Fisher).

          • ladner morse

            Stacy, why is Allen undersized at 6-4, 307 but Asamoah is not at 6-4, 305? I guess if you can play the position it doesn’t matter what your actual body stats are. We’re just unsure yet about whether or not Allen can play Guard in the bigs.

          • Stacy D. Smith

            Hudson’s 6’2 and 299 pounds. Asamoah’s 6’4 and 305 pounds. Hudson’s also more of a ZBS guy. I’m not sure he’s ideal for Reid’s power blocking scheme.

          • ladner morse

            Yea.. .Center is one of the few positions where depth is lacking… maybe that’s why we heard they had phoned Ryan Lilja…. wouldn’t be surprised to hear they pick up a veteran camp discard for depth at the Center position.

          • Stacy D. Smith

            I fully expect that to happen. They said Kush has had trouble just snapping the ball this offseason.

          • micah stephenson

            When hudson was drafted at 299 lbs I told my buddy he shud put on 5 lbs the 1st yr an 5 the next. I was hoping Hudson wud weigh about 309 by now. Id love for the oline to average 6’5 height and 325 lbs. Im tired of having high school sized olinmen.

        • Chris Tarrants

          I can’t seem to click on the last comment so I will use this one. I wasn’t talking about fisher because he should be able to hold his own simply given his draft status but I was referring to the FA tackle we signed I can’t rememberhis name for the life of me, major brain fart happening

          • Stacy D. Smith

            Geoff Schwartz. He’ll be competing with Allen for the left guard spot.

  • John

    So Alex Smith is going to be sucessful having the worst offensive line in the NFL? This I got to see…. Maybe his 16 points a game will be enough to win? Maybe Andy’s 1980′s offense will be more successful than winning two games last year with the Eagles? Anyone see bigfoot?

    • Calchiefsfan

      Worst? Do you have any kind of argument that makes sense to back that statement up or are you just a Raider fan trying to troll?

      • ladner morse

        Raider fan in Chiefs clothing?

        • Calchiefsfan

          Busted!

    • Chris Tarrants

      Did you eat a lot of paint chips as a child? Albert is a top 5 LT, we just drafted a stud LT/RT number one overall, we have one really good gaurs and signed a second who plays tackle but will be a guard now. Our center broke his leg last year and is returning to complete what could be the best line in the nfl and yet you claim they have the worst?

      • ladner morse

        Yea, I think it will be a top ten line. Bill Williamson, who covers the AFC West for ESPN, says KC has 7 of the top 20 OL in the AFC West. Williamson says this of the AFC West OLs,

        K.C.- 5 of the top 15 OL in the AFC West.
        Den.- 5 of the top 16 OL in the AFC West.
        S.D.- 5 of the top 19 OL in the AFC West.
        Oak.- 5 of the top 23 OL in the AFC West.

        http://espn.go.com/blog/afcwest/tag/_/name/rodney-hudson

  • elly violette

    I read a post saying Alex Smith could be as good as Drew Brees. Do you think he can be that good?

    • ladner morse

      That’s my hope. I think Alex Smith has a chance to be as effective as Brees. While we’re all waiting for it to happen for one season.. I’m looking forward to seeing him bring a high level of performance to KC for many years to come.

  • John

    NFL rated your o-line as the worst in the NFL last season, but since you have Drew Brees I guess it won’t matter. Williamson is an expert…so you have nothing to worry about.

    • Calchiefsfan

      No they didn’t, they rated them at 22 which is the lowest ranking by anyone that i could find. PFF had them ranked 7th.

  • KCPauly

    I would like to see Don Stephenson make a play for a spot on the line…at the very least he will bring competition to camp and make the others earn the spot, as I thought he played fairly solid when he played, again a nice read Laddy, thanks for bringing back positives LOL…Go Chiefs!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • ladner morse

      I expect big things from Stephenson in the future. The fact that he stepped in last year and did an admirable job for LT Albert when he went down bodes well for the future. For now, the fact that he stepped in so readily makes him a prime candidate to take that role again. Personally, I’d like to see him get a shot at Left Guard. That also fits Andy Reid’s blueprint for starting big linemen… and stating the best five available too.

  • John

    Your punter has nothing to worry about.

    • ladner morse

      C’mon man… you can’t even say something nice about the long snapper?

  • Lyford Hale

    Enjoyed the article and look forward to following Alex at KC. But this formerly faithful 49ers fan is confused about something (well, a lot of things really). While Alex is “stirring the ship,” for the Chiefs will Andy Reed by steering the pot?

    • ladner morse

      Thanks for the spelling catch.

      • Lyford Hale

        Nobody’s purrfect. Still, mixed metaphor aside, I really liked the article.

        Lyford

        • ladner morse

          Mixed metaphors are what I live for… and are to die for… I can’t figure out which. Oops… there I go again. At least another absent minded alliteration was avoided.

          Go Chiefs!

          • Lyford Hale

            I like your style and analysis. Look forward to reading more as the football season approaches. Like others who’ve written in, I followed Alex Smith to KC, after decades of rooting for the 49ers.

  • Robert Escobedo

    The knock on Smith was that he could not win without Harbaugh and that was partly right. As a Niner fan those Nolan/Singletary teams were so predictable that nearly every down, Alex had third and long with only Vernon Davis to go to. His second year, with Norv Turner, he did pretty good as well and thrives with offensive minded coaches, like Andy Reid. I am actually MORE excited to see the Chiefs this year than S.F. and I truly believe K.C. will see why so many fans were sad to see Alex leave. Good luck Alex!!

    • Guest

      Has there ever been a time when Andy isn’t stirring the pot? Since most QBs in teh NFL are injured for some or part of every season, Reid is always ready to insert a well prepared second string QB… who then somehow ends up getting attention from other teams when those teams go shopping for a better QB. Sometimes it may look like he’s stirring the pot when he is simply better prepared.

      • Robert Escobedo

        Yup. I agree. Thats why I think Smith will be fine in this offense. He is adept in this style and honestly I think his problem in S.F. was he became afraid to air it out like he did against Philly. A change of scenery will make it easier for him to take some chances. Go Chiefs!!

  • sidibeke

    “…turning the ball over faster than pancakes at IHOP on a Sat morning…”

    EXCELLENT

  • Jim Butler

    I miss Willie Roaf, GEAU CHIEFS !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Tam

    Fuck yeah he’ll get his due.. Kansas City Chief Super Bowl Champions 2014!!

  • mnelson52

    Also, I think special teams will be more help this year on field position

  • Jason Collins

    You had me until you mentioned Bob Sutton. Why does his style of D make us better? Do your research on sutton. He was so bad in NY he was demoted to, not LB coach, but to ASSISTANT LB coach. I’m trying to get ppl to understand how bad this guy was. Temper expectations. Haha