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Kansas City Chiefs QB Alex Smith Discusses First Drive, Offensive Tempo

Alex Smith, new Kansas City Chiefs signal-caller, discussed the offense’s hot start in first preseason game of 2013.

Thought the Chiefs lost 17-13, the first team offense impressed by driving down the field on its first try, and coming away with seven. Smith, in particular, looked great completing 7-of-8 passes, as he and Jamaal Charles led Kansas City down the field for the year’s first touchdown.

Preseason or not, it was truly an impressive display, and it’s a drive that Chiefs fans will be dreaming about for the rest of the week.

In a recent interview with the press (found on, Smith had this to say about the first drive:

It was a good start. It’s what you envision for a situation like this. Come out strong, put a long drive together. Kinda  a lot of components there, ya know. Moved the ball well, converted some third downs, got down there in a goal line situation and punched it in. Thought it was a good mix of run and pass.
It was a great start for us, and I thought the guys that really led it for us were the guys up front. Blocked extremely well. Protection. Got us going in the run game.
To that point, Charles rushed five times for 13 yards, but was able to get behind the offensive line and punch in a Chiefs touchdown from the one.
Smith went on to say this:
I thought the tempo was great on the offensive side of the ball. It’s just one step, it’s an early step. A little confirmation of where we’re going, and maybe what this thing will look like come the regular season and as we continue to move forward.
We didn’t see much from the first-string offense, but what we did see should be enough to cause quite a bit of buzz as preseason game No. 2 approaches.
-Andrew Kulha
 Editor, Arrowhead Addict

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  • Mark Bustamante

    Loved how AS11 ran the 1st team offense. Excellent play calling and superb execution. I wanted to see more but I will wait.

  • thabear04

    I want Alex Smith throw it to Bowe got to get that connection going on.

    • Jamie Denton

      Yea and where was Baldwin, and Avery and all of the others?? I mean I was excited to see the drive go so well, and to score a TD on our 1st drive was icing on the cake, but we have to get the receivers more involved! Seemed to me it was mostly JC, DMC, and the TE’s. And was also proud of the defense on the 3 and out, but would have liked to seen a little bit more of the 1st team out there!! And as far as the secondary who is this kid that kept getting burned all night? I can’t believe Coach Sutton or Coach Reid didn’t make a switch there last night! other than that not a bad game and I think we would have won if they hadn’t kept picking on the one kid in the secondary all night!

      • Dfrey87

        Ok, first off do you know what the West Coast Offense is? The WCO uses mostly RB’s and TE’s ( I’m not saying WR’s are not heavily used because they are) on high percentage short to intermediate routes. It is literally an extension of the run game, that’s what it was invented to do. The average route is from 5 to 25 yards, they usually only throw the ball deep a handful of times a game. What we seen last night was the WCO to a T. As far as
        Avery and Baldwin, Baldwin didn’t get separation and I don’t believe Avery was in much and when he was, he had Daniel throwing to him. The CB’s name was Vince Agnew, why would he pull him out? It’s the preseason, he had to see how he handled the situation, if he could adjust to what happened. These games are less about winning the game and a lot more about evaluating the players. He’s a young CB, AR had to see how he reacted.

        • Jamie Denton

          1st off yes I do know what the west coast offense is all about and if it didn’t involve receiver in short and intermediate routes also they wouldn’t be on the field! I find it hard to believe they are going to pay D-Bowe all that money to be a blocker for when there’s a pitch out in his direction!! There are plenty of short intermediate throws that can be made to the wide receivers just the same as the tight ends!!! Agree with Baldwin and watched the replay on the NFL network tonight and didn’t see Avery either! As for Agnew after about the 12th catch his way and him not reacting very well or changing his style or at least getting a hit at the line of scrimmage on a receiver me if I were one of the many coaches that could of said something would have pulled him to the side while the offense was on the field and at least made some adjustments to the way he was playing, pre-season or not! was it not Andy Reid’s last words before the Chiefs took the field “ok fellows let’s get out there and WIN WIN, WIN! Not even a player talked to him!!

        • 44WinMag

          Actually the WCO relies on pushing the ball down the field SUPPLEMENTED by short dumps to backs/TEs that equate to running plays. Not Vice Versa. The WCO has its roots in Don Coryell and Sid Gillman. Montana didn’t get into the HOF dumping passes to rbs, he got in throwing it deep to WRs.

          AS was replaced in SF because he’s afraid to push the ball down the field to WRs. Pure and simple. SF with AS under center was the worst team in the league at 3rd and long. We better hope Reid can fix AS!

          • Jamie Denton

            I agree even the announcers Trent Green and Paul Burmeister elated to the fact that a lot of the time A. smith was dumping off to his check down receiver while still having plenty of time to survey the field, and not giving a receiver a chance to get open. I know it’s just the pre-season and coach Reid and his staff wants to be all vanilla with their play calling, I get that, but to not try one ball down the field? isn’t the pre-season also where we learn and evaluate not only our starters and what they can do against another team but also our depth and backups?

          • claude_balls

            Based upon your fundamental misunderstanding of the Bill Walsh offense, I have to assume that you never read any of his books or actually watched any 49ers games when he was coach. In fact, based upon your misdescription of Joe Montana’s play, I am certain you never watched any 49ers games from that era. Dfrey87 was dead-on in his description of the offense.

            Apparently you also aren’t familiar with Jim Harbaugh’s offensive system. He’s not particularly obsessed with having his QB “push the ball down the field to WRs.” And Harbaugh was in no way dissatisfied with Smith’s play. He replaced Smith with Kaepernick only after Smith was injured and, when he got the opportunity to play, Kaepernick demonstrated that he was a generational talent at QB who was ready to start. It had nothing to do with Smith’s mythical fear of throwing deep; Kaepernick is simply a better QB. Actually, they’re pretty even right now, but Kaepernick he has the higher ceiling.

          • 44WinMag

            You’re a confused individual, The deeper balls are early in the game and short balls are late in the game when they had a lead.

        • BurtGummer44

          Your first sentence proves you don’t know anything about the WCO. The WCO is designed to stretch the defense by passing intermediate routes with Wide Receivers who read the defense along with the QB before the snap. The ball is most often thrown to a spot based on a pre-snap read as opposed to going through progrssions. The passing game early to WIDE RECEIVERS is meant to open it up for the running game late. The idea is to score early by stretching out the defense and then run the clock out on a confused and tired defense late in the game. The early quick dump offs is more MARTY Ball than WCO.

          • claude_balls

            When you say “WCO,” are you referring to the Don Coryell offense or the Bill Walsh offense? I ask because people usually use “WCO” as a label for Bill Walsh’s offense and those of his successors, like Holmgren, Reid, etc.), but Walsh bristled at that label because, to him, the “West Coast Offense” was the name for Coryell’s style of offense, and Walsh’s offense was very different. He correctly thought it would confuse people.

            For example, your description of the WCO (WRs running deeper routes, QBs throwing to a predetermined spot) describes the Coryell offense (think Chargers under Coryell, Cowboys under Turner and Zampese). It does not, however, describe Walsh’s offense. Because defenses of the day tended to stack players in the middle of the field to stop the run, Walsh’s offense called for shorter passes (often to RBs and TEs) that stretched the defense horizontally. Once the defenses adjusted by spreading out, the 49ers would throw quick slants to the WRs, who could then rack up yards after the catch (YAC) in the now unclogged middle of the field. While he would on occasion throw deep passes to keep the defense honest, the deep pass was not a big part of Walsh’s offense.

        • Georgia Training-Alliance

          Great reply dfrey87, to (Jamie Denton) preseason is about learning and evaluating personel who cares if you win them all means nothing if you go 2-14 in regular season. If you go back and watch the game you can tell that Agnew was told to line up a certain way. in the 3rd on NO opening drive you can see on the 2nd and 7 Toon in slot Agnew lines up on outside shoulder of Wr(Toon) forcing Wr to middle, taking away outside The KC ILB steps to an already covered TE if he stays home he has a pick(perfect set up). also on drive Angew again is told to take away outside on #14 Tanner forceing Wr to inside but Safety is too deep. In a regular season game that would be a safety pick all day! Or the Wr walks away with a serious headache. I don’t really agree with being too
          critical of players or coaches unless you can walk in the same shoes a better way. but as a fan you have a right to your voice. Just think before you write.

    • Jason Mickey

      Somewhere under Dwayne Bowe…

  • Calchiefsfan

    Thanks Andrew for getting all the content out there. There is reason for guarded optimism. Now let’s see how we do against San Francisco.

    • Andrew Kulha

      No problem! Enjoy.

  • Aaron

    Agree completely with the great start. I did want to see more from the WR too but looks like we will wait. Hopefully this week.

  • Jim Harper

    I know everybody wants to see the ball get spread around more, but if you watched carefully Alex went thru his progressions and then found the open receiver. Baldwin was playing soft and not running good routes. They may have been double teaming Bowe. That happens a lot.