Oct 13, 2013; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith (11) throws a pass during the second half of the game against the Oakland Raiders at Arrowhead Stadium. The Chiefs won 24-7. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

What Does Alex Smith Have in Common with Russell Wilson, Colin Kaepernick and Andrew Luck?

As we rapidly approach the NFL’s week 7, there are two undefeated teams in the league. Of course anyone who hasn’t been living under a rock knows they are the Denver Broncos and the Kansas City Chiefs.

The Broncos have gotten to their position on the “record breaking” arm of quarterback Peyton Manning and perhaps the best wide receiver corps in the league. The Chiefs, as Addicts know, have won the last six games thanks to a violent and relentless defense who are on track to break a few records themselves.

Because the Chiefs are winning there haven’t been many calls for Alex Smith to head to the bench. 2011 this is not and there aren’t planes buzzing Arrowhead calling for the resignation of quarterback. Aside from the handful of fans who were against the trade from the beginning and continue to voice their level of frustration at the Chiefs rookie general manager, John Dorsey for paying such a hefty price for Smith (a 2nd round pick in this year’s draft and two wins away from a 2nd round pick in next year’s draft) most are content with Smith’s “game manager” style of play. This includes unspectacular statistics such as 221.7 yards per game, 6.2 yards per pass, seven touchdowns and a sub-standard 56.5 percent completion rating.

Since Alex Smith is the “weak link” on this team in many fans’ eyes, I thought I would look at three younger passers who many think are the future of the NFL. Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson, Indianapolis Colts QB Andrew Luck and San Francisco 49ers signal caller Colin Kaepernick define the quarterback position for many fans. So, which one would you want under center on your team: Luck, Wilson, Kaepernick or Smith?

I discussed this very topic with the staff here at Arrowhead Addict and believe it or not, most of them picked a quarterback not named Alex Smith. Overwhelmingly, the staff said they would take Andrew Luck. A couple picked Russell Wilson. Nobody picked Colin Kaepernick and I’m pretty sure I’m still the only guy that works here that wants Alex Smith as the quarterback.

In fact, here’s a quote from our former editor, Patrick Allen on the subject:

Andrew Luck. Wilson is also quite good but Luck is playing on a much worse team than Wilson. If Luck was on the Seahawks, they’d be Super Bowl favorites. “

There are a lot of Chiefs fans out there who love the trio of Wilson, Kaepernick and Luck. These three, perhaps more than any other QBs in the league, are looked at as the future of football and quarterback position.

All three have their unique stories.

Andrew Luck was the No. 1 overall pick of last year’s draft. He took the Colts from “worst to first” and didn’t play at all like the rookie he was. Moving forward into this year, he has shown no signs of the “sophomore slump” as he continues to run his team at a high level.

Russell Wilson was the huge surprise of last season, being drafted in the third round and then beating out the “sure starter” Matt Flynn for the starting job in Seattle. Moving into this year, he continues to lead one of the best teams in the NFL on the quest for a Superbowl.

Colin Kaepernick has become quite infamous as well. As he was drafted in 2011, he was the only non-rookie of this group last year when he took the starting quarterback job away from an injured Alex Smith. Through his flashy play and explosive style, many viewed him as the “next superstar” quarterback from San Francisco. He even “led” his team to the Superbowl, where they lost to the Baltimore Ravens.

So, other than being winning quarterbacks, what else do these men have in common with Alex Smith?

They’re all game managers.

And boom goes the dynamite.

If you look at the numbers and statistics and what all three of these quarterbacks have accomplished this season, they are identical to Smith. Identical. The same. In some cases, a bit less than what Smith has done.

Most of my fellow staff writers and editors here at AA said they would take Andrew Luck, hands down, if given the opportunity for any of these four QBs. This year, Luck’s team is 4-2. Luck has completed 115 passes for a total of 1,346 yards (only 16 more than Smith) and thrown for seven touchdowns. He has completed 61.8 percent of his passes and only thrown three interceptions. His average yards per pass is 7.2. That’s only one yard more than Smith’s average.

Russell Wilson is the next best choice, according to everyone I asked. The NFL is extremely high on this kid, and my Twitter timeline wouldn’t stop gushing about him last night during Thursday Night Football. However, if you look at his stats, it’s much of the same. (Note: these stats are prior to the game last night against the Arizona Cardinals.) Wilson has only thrown for 1,254 yards this season through six games and is averaging only 209 yards per game. He’s thrown 8 touchdowns and 4 interceptions and completed 61.4 percent of his passes. His average yards per pass is 7.9, so still in line with the “Alex Smithian” type passing game. Through all this, he managed to lose a game to the Colts, bringing the Seahawks record to 5-1.

The final quarterback in this “Magnificent Three” is Colin Kaepernick. CK7 as he’s affectionately known on the internet, will forever be the “quarterback who stole Alex Smith’s job.” It wasn’t by design, it’s just the way things work out in the business of football. After his first offseason as the starter, many expected Kaepernick to come back this season and destroy the record books and blow up the stats. Not so much.

Kaepernick has completed only 55.9 percent of passes – fewer than Smith. He’s only thrown 1,221 yards – fewer than Smith. He’s thrown eight touchdowns and five interceptions – a much worse ratio than Smith. Finally, his average YPG is 7.6. Being touted as “the next great thing” in the city by the bay, Kaepernick has led his team to a 4-2 start only good for second place in the NFC West.

Perhaps the biggest stat of all, is the “big play” stat. Alex Smith detractors continually complain that he won’t throw the deep ball or come up with a big play. Looking to the other quarterbacks, many say they are all capable of making these plays multiple times a game.

Through six games, Alex Smith has had 18 plays that went for over 20 yards and three that went for over 40. Comparatively, Luck is at 17 and three, Wilson is at 19 and three and Kaepernick is at 17 and four. That’s pretty interesting, considering that most Chiefs fans would take one of these three young men over the guy currently leading the team.

Now, many of you will come back and say: “but these guys are young and have a higher ceiling than Smith.” I can’t argue age. But I’ll retort and say this year, in the systems they’ve all had a full year learning, they’re still putting up the same pedestrian numbers that Smith is. He’s played six games in his system, under his coach. They’ve all had a full year and a full offseason with their teams.

Perhaps it’s the way their teams are built. In addition to being in the upper echelon of NFL teams, the Colts, Seahawks and 49ers have something else in common with the Chiefs. They have a strong running game and stout defenses. That definitely helps take some of the pressure off of your quarterback. Plus, when you’re not playing from behind most of the game, you don’t have to pass as much.

Still, as you look at all four of these teams and their quarterbacks, Smith still has the one stat that sticks out.

He’s 6-0.

There’s a stat you can’t argue with.

 

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  • Terry Smith

    1. Andrew Luck’s stats has to do w/ being on a much worse team & OL last year than any other QB, had to work w/ 5 other rookies on the offense alone, 35 NEW players to the team, new coaches, sick headcoach, the MOST drops in the NFL, yet took that team to 11-5 and playoff. This year the OC has handcuffed Luck and his WRs w/ the run first approach. As SEA showed, he can make great plays and any throws, but his coaches foolishly do not allow that.

    2. Alex Smith’s stats are as a VET now vs. still newby QBs, they will grow, Alex is a good player and can still take his team to the SB, he’s at his ceiling.

    • Jason Seibel

      All of these stats are from the first six games this year. from all QBs

    • Travis Crouch

      No when he is asked to win he does he won the game against the Saints the the payoffs didn’t he he had more 4th qtr wins two years ago then Tim tebow but knowine knows that

    • KCMikeG

      Much worse than the 2-14 team AS11 inherited? Not. AS11 is dealing with most everything Luck had to deal with last year – this year WHILE he is performing at the same level they are on teams that found success last year. And he is 6-0.

      • Jarad

        I get whst you’re saying ,but AS11 inherited MUCH MUCH more than Luck has. 6 pro bowlers. 2 first round bookends , 5 first round picks on defense. This teams failures last year rest on the shoulders of terrible coaching and even worse QBing. Theres a reason people called that team ‘the most talented team to ever pick #1′. Im not at saying AS11 is a bad QB, but i dont think he’s a very good one either.

  • jbyrd

    Great piece Jason. I tend to agree that the most telling stat line is the “big play” comparison. Long bombs are great and fun to watch, but I’ll take a 5 yard screen to JC25 or DMC and let them do work.

    • micah stephenson

      I’d take that too, unfortunately we haven’t seen much of that ether.

      • toperspective

        This is crazy talk. There is not a GM is the league that would take Smith over any of those other guys. He’s adequate and a big step up over last year but he’s not a franchise QB.

  • Dustin Matz

    Damn…..good read! Wouldn’t have guessed any of this! Still concerned but not near as much

  • Jarad

    Good points and interesting stats. But all these Alex Smith questions and national conversations about Smith and the lack of offense for KC are there for a reason. This team is winning because the defense its playing at a historic level. Maybe Alex will step up when it counts down the road, but 14-31 for 128 against Oakland doesn’t instill confidence. Its not all on Alex. The O-line has been sub par and despite Jamaals total yards, the running game hasnt been what we expected. You cant argue 6-0, but Alex is not the reason. Its coaching and defense. Alex is getting a little too much credit from Chiefs fans because we have had the worst of the worst under center for the last 5 years. So anything is an upgrade. Just my opinion. GO CHIEFS!!!!!

    • Danny W

      I agree. Dito.

    • jacati

      Actually, Alex’s ceiling is much higher, Imo , when he’s surrounded by players who he’s had time to become familiar with. If anybody recalls the play off game against the Saint a few years ago he sure as hell wasn’t dinking and dunking then. He was 24 of 42 for 299 yds and no ints. He spread the ball around as well hitting 7 different receivers. Oh yeah, he also had 1 rush for 28 yds. Our offense might be struggling a bit right now but give them some time. Hell, everybody is still pretty new to each other. Not only that but we’re very thin on tight ends and the offensive line is having some serious issues as well. We’re only 6 games into the season and Alex IS a big part of our success. He goes thru his progressions when he has the time and when he doesn’t have time he uses his legs and some pretty good judgement to get his team out of some pretty sticky situations. He doesn’t take unnecessary risks with the ball. I think the play of our team is going to get better with time. Let’s all take a deep breath and enjoy the moment.

      • KCMikeG

        Spot on analysis. The improvement in the offense will make the defense even better. Unstoppable will be a word used before the year is over.

        • jacati

          Booyah

          • berttheclock

            Anyone watching the Louisville game last night had to realize the importance of defense. Bridgewater put up impressive numbers(29 0f 38, 341 yards and 2 TDs), but, the lack of defense cost them a national title run.

          • KCMikeG

            Defense wins championships. Screw this “new” NFL crap. You can’t win if you can’t score! We are blessed to be watching the establishment of the Best Defense EVER! Go Chiefs!!

  • hipnetic

    And all of the QB’s you listed are playing on the same team, with the same coaching staff, that they had a year before (if not longer). Alex is on a new team, with new game plan and coaching staff, and a whole new O-line and receiving crew.

    • superman_25_58

      A very young OL with little NFL experience I might add and this offense has no where to gobut up.

      • KCMikeG

        Which is exactly where Reid will take them. That’s why Bowe is not stressing about the way things are going. He knows Big Red has some special plans for him ahead. Once we get healthy at TE this offense will take a step up as the TE is critical in Reid’s offense predicating all of the other route trees. Add in a healthy OL that has begun to gel and we will be unstoppable – feared by all.

        • Kenneth Stewart

          and would you know we now two fit to play this week

          • KCMikeG

            ?? are you saying we now have two TE’s fit to play? If so yes. And it will make a difference in our offenses performance even against one of the best defenses in the league. Now is the time for the OL to be healthy too. Things will only get better.

          • berttheclock

            Alex Smith was at his best, not only behind an excellent O-line and having a running attack, but, when, he had both Vernon Davis and Delanie Walker as his TEs.

          • KCMikeG

            Effectively using the TE position will really open things up for Bowe too.

        • micah stephenson

          Lol. Ok we get Gronkowski back this week. Opps I mean Fasano.Lol. Lets see if getting the most no name, no stats having, belowe avg TE back this week helps this offense.

          • KCMikeG

            Never said Fasano was Gronk so not sure why you choose to make shit up just so you can diss our player? Do you understand the importance of the TE in Reid’s offense? Can’t you see that it will help our offense to having a TE who has actually been a starter and put up 5 TD’s a season over the last two vs. The Beard who had never even caught a pass before this year? And I didn’t say we would outscore the donkeys – I said we would take a step forward.

          • micah stephenson

            I used gronk to make a point. People keep saying Alex isnt playing good cus the TE is injured. My point is Fasano is not all that good n the 1st place but we get him back this week so lets see if he makes a difference.

  • Danny W

    I like that numbers comparison you did there. How would you grade Smith’s performance the last two games? Also would you say he did better or worse than the previous games or stayed the same? I hope Smith turns out to be an awesome game manager. Thus far he’s made zero plays to show me that he can take a team and make outstanding enough plays to help a team win. I’ve seen some nice looking crossing routes and some long passes that were short or too far. When I watch Luck et al play I’ve seen those plays that tell me yeah, that guy can carry a team from time to time. They’re all faster too. So I’ll cap my hater style comment with a positive. I hope that Alex Smith turns into Rich Gannon which I would say would be his ceiling after 8 years of play. I hope he starts to trust his receivers and 60% of our offense doesn’t have to come from Jamal Charles. I want Alex Smith to keep winning and improve.

    • Jason Seibel

      As a game manager he gets an A+ because the Chiefs won.

      • Danny W

        So his play you would rate as an A for not turning the ball over? Cause at 128 yards there isn’t much else to be proud of is there? I don’t get that kind of logic but it’s all good where your at man I’m not going to judge. My logic says he’s regressed two games in a row and missed some short passes pretty badly. He looks skittish and far from confident. All things you I mean I would hope to see in my signal caller. Who am I to judge how you see things though? Agree to disagree I guess. Put me in the camp with every other writer at AA.

        • Danny W

          Trying to let my mind wrap around a guy not letting the defense lose by barely getting by and giving him an A. I just can’t see it. It would be like telling a kid. You know what Johnny you really played scared today, but you know what you didn’t cause us to lose. Heres the game ball son. LOL SMH

        • Jason Seibel

          Listen, you all expected him to come in, be better than Matt Cassel, hand off to JC and not turn the ball over. So far, that’s exactly what he’s done. So, for meeting the expectations that were placed on him, he gets an A. Playing scared? That’s on the O line. He’s running for his life on over half the plays because our line isn’t holding up their end of the deal.

          But, that’s not what this article is about. It’s about the fact that everyone who says these other guys are “better than Smith” are clearly wrong, because they’re playing exactly like he is. Numbers don’t lie.

          • jacati

            Nice write up Jason. Love it. I will say I’m quite impressed with the way he can get himself out of a jam with his legs. Saying that he’s running for his life in over half the plays is kind of an understatement. Good grief our o-line is porous from time to time.

          • Danny W

            Okay, your right I did expect him to do those two things. But I also expected a third down conversion rate of something better than 30th in the league. 1-12 in the Tennessee game! 4-14 against Oakland. 3-11 vs Dallas. Those numbers don’t lie either. Smith is tied for ninth with the likes of Tom Brady as most sacked in the league. Out of those sacks some are coverage, some are offensive line and some you have to blame him for not reading the blitz or being over conservative. This whole let’s blame the line thing is over done.
            If it’s not for special teams and solid defensive play this team loses. I don’t want a glaring weakness on a team that in all likely hood will get to the playoffs. I’ve been down this road before. Heart break ridge in the post season. I’m no fair weather fan or a spoiled fan but I’m not ashamed to say I want a Super Bowl victory before I’m dead.This defense is super bowl caliber. The offense is terrible and Smith has to have some of the blame for that. As the quarterback he should get the lion share of it. Are you convinced this Chiefs club is going to go to the dance and win?
            No two quarterbacks play the same game Jason. Pointing at just the numbers and saying there same is not objective. That’s like saying Adrian Peterson and Jamal Charles have similar numbers every year so their the same running back. It’s a crock pot full of BS. If Smith doesn’t improve, which I hope he will with Fasano he definitely isn’t worth two second round draft picks.
            I’ll still take the other quarterbacks intangible’s and ability to escape the pocket better than Smiths not to mention upside any day of the week. Yeah what the other addict writers said.

          • Danny W

            It’s a special year here in KC. I’m loving the winning. I’ve just got one of those terrible feelings in my gut like I’ve seen this movie before and I know how it ends.

          • KCMikeG

            Danny – last year the offense was terrible. This offense with AS11 is scoring an additional TD every week and is +28 turnover differential – that’s right PLUS TWENTY EIGHT TURNOVERS! In just six weeks! This offense left “terrible” in the dust. This offense and AS11 are just getting things figured out in addition to the injuries. There will be significant improvement down the stretch.

          • BigGil

            Some of that third down efficiency (or lack thereof) comes from quite a few third and short situations where the running game failed to convert (in large part due to the OL’s failings). Plus, some of the team’s best clock killing and/or game sealing drives this year didn’t get to third down at points (whether by conversion on earlier downs or defensive penalties giving the team a first without a third down attempt being necessary). It’s definitely one of those kinds of stats where context is necessary. That being said AS11 has had a couple down games in a row now, but I’m still holding to the offense needs to play better and during the same plays. After our last round of debate Bleacher Report posted this http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1815499-do-chiefs-wide-receivers-share-blame-for-stagnant-offense?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=newsletter&utm_campaign=kansas-city-chiefs which does a clearer job of the point I was trying to make, but with WR drop rates as well. I’m posting it here mostly for the drop rate thing, as I didn’t have easy access to those numbers before (not a PFF subscriber), instead only being able to give a mere “there seems to have been an inordinate number of drops” comment-on-the-observations than to give the actual numbers.

          • BigGil

            The coverage sack thing: if you haven’t come across it own your own yet, SI’s MMQB Film Room created a pretty cool metric this year for pass pressure (really pretty excellent system, too). New articles come out every Thursday. They do analysis for the NFL week that just ended and also provide cumulative stats from Week 1 to the current week (OL is included somewhat though it primarily focused on teams’ Ds… it’s actually even cooler to see how much our D is kicking everyone else’s asses, btw). Anyhow, they’ve been keeping track of coverage sacks (which they lump in a category called “easy sacks” which include things like unblocked blitzer, QB getting tripped up, on his own or by his own OL, and touched down, etc.) and KC’s OL has only allowed four easy sacks to date (league average is a small fraction of a sack under five). Our OL/pass blocking is just getting beat the old fashioned way… they can’t hold the block for longer than 3.3 seconds (after that long it would qualify a sack as a coverage sack and be counted as “easy”). In terms of how many pass snaps KC has taken, and how many resulted in any type of sack, QB hit, hurry or holding penalty, the ratio is pretty bad: 124/228. That’s 54.4% of the time. There are teams doing worse, but the majority have W-L records that. Ironically for this article, the QBs used have been dealing with worse: SF (58.8%), IND (56.9%) & SEA (a whopping, and league worst, 74.2%). The only other team doing worse in this regard, but which still has a comparably good W-L record, is CHI (62.7%). With the exception of probably Indy, these teams (KC, SF, SEA, CHI) all feature great running backs and stifling defenses (though CHI has taken some injury hits the past 2-3 weeks and it’s starting to reflect itself in their W-L record). There’s probably something to be taken from that.

          • KCMikeG

            Amen brother!

        • superman_25_58

          I agree with all this but everyone gets into a slump every once in awhile but very few teams win during this period but the Chiefs are one of those few teams that can win during a slump. These teams that do win when their QB is in a slump, is a sign of greatness to come IMO. I can’t wait until this offense gels together and gets things going more consistently! Here’s to Smith breaking out of that Slump this week with confidence and just rack up numbers vs the Texans. #GottaHaveFaith!

          • Danny W

            Fasano is helping out but Smith still didn’t really shine.

    • Davé

      I can’t imagine how dominate we would be with someone like Andrew Luck. Alex doesn’t do anything to lose a game, he also doesn’t do a whole lot to win em. That said we could not have ended up with anything better this past off season so I won’t complain about him.

      • Danny W

        I complain about the guy because I’ve seen him play better than what he has here. All the other excuses aside he needs to step his game up. Been throwing and playing as a Chief for close to four months now almost every day.
        With Luck we beat every team we’ve played by three touch downs. Playing the same ball as Alex Smith is crazy town.

  • obrien5

    I felt this article was needed, Alex is a serviceable quarterback. I feel the fact that our defense is so good might make him look worse than he is, but Alex is no rookie he was drafted number one. If you told me Andrew luck after 9 years in the league or however long AS11 has been here only grown to this i might be upset with his progression. I understand both sides but i really like Alex and if he was able to improve just a bit it would pay off huge for our Chiefs.

  • tomflex

    Thanks Jason for putting everything in perspective. 6-0 speaks for itself…Sure we love to see Chiefs offensive plays on the highlight reels but not at the expense of our perfect record.
    I like to believe this approach is by choice and not by inability…

  • Davé

    I like that where ever Manning goes so does the title of the best receiving corps in the league. Can we please just come to the conclusion that Manning makes the receiver about 40% better than they would be with another passer?

    • BigGil

      Possibly true about Julius Thomas (as it’s his first significant season of playing time) and Welker previously played with an elite QB, so it’d be hard to argue him… But Demaryius Thomas and Decker made Tebow look like a viable NFL QB… Though I hate to admit it, they’re good even without Manning at QB.

      • berttheclock

        Prevent defenses made Tebow look like a viable NFL QB.

      • ……ChiefsFan……

        They’re definitely NOT a playoff team without Manning, IMO.

        • BigGil

          Probably (definitely) not. But I’m not gonna act like their receivers’ skill is simply a Manning product. They couldn’t be as high octane as they are now if Manning was throwing to scrubs (like Brady currently is in New England). That also doesn’t mean that their receivers can’t be stopped. Get pressure in his face and jam his receivers at the line so their timing routes are off and they’ll be in for a rough, rough time. What’s that? Our D gets insane amounts of pressure and our corners are playing great, physical man press coverage? Yeah we can be giant slayers.

          • ……ChiefsFan……

            There have been times in Mannings career when he played with scrubs, and elevated their playing level (Blair White, Austin Collie, Jacob Tamme off the top of my head). Don’t get me wrong, their receivers are good, just not that good. I’m saying they are a middle of the road team with their backup QB (Brock Osweiler?), and the defense they currently have. Manning makes that team what they are, without him, maybe a 500 team.

    • micah stephenson

      Welker is pretty good. D.Thomas and Deker are avg without manning.

  • Joe Myers

    http://www.battleredblog.com/2013/10/18/4844494/the-pregame-week-7-texans-v-chiefs this post makes me sick !!! Completely trashed our city for what reason ???

    • Jason Seibel

      Pretty poor taste for sure.

    • Nemoi

      It’s actually pretty funny stuff but way uninspired. Couldn’t they find better (or worse) things to trash Kansas City about than the Plaza, our tailgating and stadium and the Chief’s history? I can’t bring myself to enter that pile of Texas bull overflowing in the comments. Hell who has the time or boots to wade through all that crap? One thing Houston fan’s should remember is that their mere existence is due to the Chief’s founder, graciously allowing them to become the Texans v2.0! Oh yeah, Lamar was a life long Texan, who went to Kansas City to make his mark in sports. But then again, he really didn’t do that much for the AFL! So much for our uninspired past and citizenry. The poor writer of that article doesn’t even realize his trashing of the Chiefs is really self degradation of himself and his team, as the Texans are about to get their asses handed to them by such an insignificant team and city and that should make them feel really good about themselves!

  • ladner morse

    Excellent piece Jason. Loved the read!

    • Jason Seibel

      Thanks, my friend. Always makes me happy when like what I write.

  • KCMikeG

    THANK YOU!!! The truth shall set you free! Stop worrying so much my fellow fans. Savor the moments and enjoy the journey we are experiencing. Don’t worry about AS11, Bowe or the offense. Reid will make this offense better as we get healthy at TE & OL. IMO Reid has difference making cards still in his hand and maybe even a few up his sleeve. Please don’t miss out on the pride of having the best defense EVER!

  • KCMikeG

    GREAT post Jason! Reality is so Shocking!

  • CaptFriendly

    Great Post Jason. Look, we are what we are. Having been a Chiefs fan for over 40 years, through the good and the bad, I’ll take AS11 and this team over any we’ve had since the ’90′s. Yes, even over the Dick Vermeil and Trent Green Chiefs. Right now the D is carrying us. The O obviously leaves a lot to be desired, but I believe it will improve and come December, carry us into the playoffs and break the 20 year drought of no playoff wins. I’m tired of everyone disrespecting the 6-0 Chiefs. Strength of Schedule etc. is all BS. WE ARE 6-0! Who else is? Our hated rival Donkeys. Even if we drop one between now and when we meet up w/ Peyton & Co. I still like our chances. Mile High will be a tough game, but when they come to Arrowhead I gotta believe we’ll hand them their asses! It’s been a long time since we’ve had something like this to cheer about as Chiefs fans. Get on board the wagon, drink the Kool Aid, wake the neighbors, put the cat out and enjoy the ride!

    • Jason Seibel

      Love your enthusiasm, brother! My cat is out (I don’t have one, but I’ll play along) and my cup ‘o Kool Aid is full!

  • berttheclock

    One point about the “MaHvelous” young CK7. This season has shown one thing about the Niners. Take away the running game with Gore and you can shut down CK7. Their two losses came from Gore being stopped. Following those losses, the offensive line of the Niners came together with magnificent run blocking and Gore galloped. After, this happened, Kaepernick was able to throw a bomb.

  • berttheclock

    If the offensive line play, especially, in the first halves of games was better, there would not even be this discussion. Look at several of the games we have played. To begin games, Pederson has attempted to get Charles running only to be stuffed or held to very short yardage. Pederson has, also, tried to get the passing game rolling, only to see Alex Smith sacked, hit or have to roll out. Usually, the runnning game and passing game come together later in games, most notably the 4th quarters of play. Combination of Pederson and his assistants analyzing the defensive schemes by opponents and the conditioning programs employed by the excellent trainers of the Chiefs paying off. The offensive line seems to get stronger and smarter in the 2nd halves of play.

    But, to appreciate the Chiefs, I suggest those nay sayers of Alex Smith compare the games the Raiders played against both the Chiefs and the Chargers. In that Chargers game, Phillip Rivers threw the ball 48 times and completed 36. But, he threw 3 INTs which took them out of the game. Alex Smith did not have a very good day throwing 29 times and completing under 50 percent of his passes. But, no picks and the Chiefs absolutely dominated the Chargers in the 4th quarter.

    • CaptFriendly

      Totally agree on the 4th quarter domination of the Chiefs. These guys FINISH games! That’s a big difference than anything we’ve seen from our Chiefs in several years and will take us deep into the post season.

  • berttheclock

    One difference among the 4 QBs. Look at their first seasons of play. CK had the advantage of sitting behind Alex Smith to learn and the Niners were already developed as a well rounded team. Wilson went to the Seahawks after Schneider had been able to spend a few years rebuilding the team into a solid unit. Luck went to the hapless Colts, but, many forget their new GM made some astute draft picks, signed several important FAs and traded with both the Eagles and the Dolphins for players to upgrade the team. Compare those with the first year of Alex Smith in SF. Terrible offensive line, lousy defense and after just a handful of games sitting behind Rattay, he was thrown to the wolves and had to scramble for his life. It is amazing he survived his first two seasons with the Niners. There was a huge reason why they had been able to pick him with the first pick in the draft. The management of the Niners did not make the same moves the Colts did and they really did not begin to dig their way out of the mess for another year.

  • berttheclock

    One point about Russell Wilson – Having followed his come from behind wins with Wisconsin, I wanted him as a backup. So, I was livid when he was passed over. But, in hindsight, I see it was for the best. What if, he had come in as a backup, last season, and led the Chiefs to victory? It might have saved Pioli. We are so much better with this new regime of Dorsey/Reid.

  • Lyle Graversen

    Jason, I’d like to offer an official rebuttal on behalf of those of us on staff that said we’d take Luck hands down. Before I do, let me be clear in stating a couple of things.

    1. This was a great piece.
    2. I’m pulling for Alex Smith and am a HUGE fan of the guy.
    3. Alex Smith was 100% the right choice for QB for KC this offseason. There is absolutely NO question that he was the best QB available and Reid and Dorsey made the right call.
    4. Smith deserves a share of the credit for the 6-0 start because of his play, specifically protecting the football.

    That all having been said, saying that his play thus far has been just as good as Luck and Wilson is where I take issue with things. I’m leaving Kaepernick out of this rebuttal because I agree that his play hasn’t been very impressive. So here are a look at some of Luck, Wilson, and Smith’s numbers and rankings from Pro Football Focus.

    PFF grades each player on every single play. Positive plays earn positive points, negative plays earn negative points. Here are those three’s grades and ranking thus far:

    Luck: 15.2, #2 in the NFL
    Wilson: 9.6, #8 in the NFL
    Smith: -3.9, #23 in the NFL

    Then there’s YPA:

    Wilson: 8.0, #7 in the NFL
    Luck: 7.2, #19 in the NFL
    Smith: 6.2, #32 in the NFL

    % of Air Yards (in other words, what percentage of their passing yards was the ball actually in the air):

    Luck: 59.3%, #7 in the NFL
    Wilson: 56.2%, #12 in the NFL
    Smith: 47.7%, #25 in the NFL

    Completion Percentage:

    Luck: 61.8%, #16 in the NFL
    Wilson: 61.5%, #17 in the NFL
    Smith: 56.5%, #30 in the NFL

    So Luck and Wilson are throwing the ball farther down field and have been completing a higher percentage of those passes than Smith. The PFF grades really say it all.

    However, Luck and Wilson weren’t available for KC this offseason. If you compare Smith to guys like Carson Palmer, Geno Smith, Mike Glennon, and EJ Manuel, his numbers look good. So while I don’t think you can say Smith is playing just as well as Luck and Wilson, he still was the the right choice for KC and I’m really pulling for the guy and hope he continues to improve as the season goes on.

    • Jarad

      This is the best comment by far. PFF is awesome! I don’t understand how anyone could take Smith over especially luck and then even Wilson for that matter. both those QBs force the issue of getting the ball down field (Luck more than Wilson) and still have a higher completion percentage than Alex Smith who is praised for his accuracy and decision making. But hey, everything is working right now, so hes doing whats necessary. But dont think AS11 is a 6-0 QB, ……THIS TEAM IS A 6-0 TEAM. If Luck had this team, its possible that theyre 5-1 , but id like their superbowl chances A LOT more!

      • Jason Seibel

        Smith has winning playoff experience. Luck doesn’t. Not saying he won’t, but I like our chances with Smith. Just my opinion.

        • micah stephenson

          I don’t like our chances with smith.

        • Jarad

          I do agree on the experience part. Thats always a plus. But at the same time, just because youve been there, doesnt mean youll perform better. I like the Chiefs chance as well. The chance of them winning a playoff game. Im still a little skeptical when it comes to them winning at Denver with the Offense that the Chiefs have displayed. Good article though

        • ……ChiefsFan……

          Great read Jason. Nice breakdown of numbers, but I’m not sure it matters.

          The thing is, I don’t care what type of numbers our QB puts up, as long as we are winning games. To me, the only number that matter are the numbers in the scoreboard. By 50, or 1 a win is a win. As long as the QB isn’t costing us the game with poor decisions, I don’t care what his numbers are.

          The fact of the matter is, we don’t truly know what we have in Smith at this point. We haven’t needed to fond out, and I’m alright with that. Why do we need a QB who throws for 300 yards and 3 TDs a game if what we are doing works? The haters can hate, but I’ll take W’s over sports center highlights any day of the week, and twice on sunday(it would be cool if that were possible).

          Anyway, long post to say, AS11 is a winner, he’s OUR starting QB, and, if you can’t get behind that keep your mouth shut.

          I’m picking up what you’re putting down brother!
          GO CHIEFS!!!!

    • Jason Seibel

      Lyle, thanks for chiming in. I always look forward to your breakdown on football. While I understand that there is much more that goes into a football player and his performance than just pure numbers, that wasn’t the point I was making here. PFF takes everything into account. I mean their details are so minute, if a player has a ham sandwich for a pregame meal instead of turkey, he may lose a point or two.

      Further, I’m not saying that Alex Smith is a superior QB to Luck or Wilson (I am with Kaepernick because I think he was a one hit wonder) but that their stats are similar and they play for teams who are built in a similar fashion.

      Most fans who dislike Smith and his play say that want Wilson, Luck or Kaepernick because “they’re better QBs” without anything substantive to back that claim up. When questioned, they say “well Smith only throws for 220 yards per game and maybe one touchdown.” My point here was to show that the QBs these fans would rather have are putting up similar stats.

      Could Luck take this team to promised land faster than Smith? Not sure. We don’t have Luck. But with a little luck, Smith will regain the 2011 swagger and take the Chiefs deep. (See what I did there?)

      • Lyle Graversen

        All valid points, and I really hope that when the time comes, Smith will step up and make the necessary plays. I have a theory that Smith only takes chances when the game dictates it. That’s why we’ve seen him lead drives at the end of the half or in the 4th quarter. It’s like he knows early on that his defense will keep the Chiefs in it so there are no chances taken. My only complaint is that I think he’s left some safe downfield throws on the table that he could have made but didn’t pull the trigger.

        • toperspective

          There have also been games that could have easily gone the other way because they were close in the 4th even though the defense was dominating and giving the offense tremendous scoring opportunities.

          • Jason Seibel

            But they didn’t because Smith led them on touchdown drives.

          • Jarad

            Very good point. Letting a team hang around and hang around will eventually come back to bite you!

      • micah stephenson

        Most fans who dislike Smith and his play say that want Wilson, Luck or Kaepernick because “they’re better QBs” without anything substantive to back that claim up……are those stats from PPF not enough???

        • Danny W

          If the stats don’t match my kool aid flavor then no.

    • micah stephenson

      What you just said x 1, 000, 000, 000. Smiths name shudnt b mentioned in the same sentence with those QBs.

    • toperspective

      Fantastic analysis. Smith is adequate but my eyes don’t deceive me.

  • D forte

    They can call him a game manager, I just call him a GAMER and a proven winner.

  • okikcfan

    I don’t feel Alex Smith is getting a fair shake from most sports writers. Alex is a good, smart QB that is lacking in the receiving department. We need good solid receivers. Currently we have way too many dropped balls from everyone including Charles and Bowe. Avery has been the worst in my humble opinion. Nobody seems to be able to get open leaving Smith to run around and throw the ball away. They all have to step up and soon if we want to keep the ball rolling. Denver will be right around the corner and we must do a better job at scoring if we want to compete with them. I also believe our Defense will hold Denver/Manning to their lowest scoring game to date.

  • micah stephenson

    I knew it. I knew it. I said it to myself yesterday. Yesterday I said “self the writers on here on gonna start digging deep looking for stats to try to compare Alex smith to the good QBs” sure enough I get on and there is Smiths name lumped n with Luck, Wilson, and Kopernick. Wow. Yall don’t eva give up do yall. Kc fans are the only fans in the nfl besides Suzi, that likes Alex.

    • Jason Seibel

      No Alex Smith post is complete without Micah Stephenson chiming in and giving his two cents. You’re nothing if not consistent my friend.

      • BigGil

        I know, right? I actually braced myself for the Micah whining as soon as I read the title.

        • Jason Seibel

          I don’t think he’s whining. He’s got his opinion.

          • BigGil

            Micah’s opinions are almost always rife with hyperbole and are usually laced with the opinion that things can’t change (except for the worse). A first year offense can’t get better, for instance. Or an offense’s failures are all on the QB. Or if a QB he decides he doesn’t like makes a great play, all the credit goes to the receiver, unless the QB made the play with his feet in which case it was a complete breakdown of the defense. Or our team will never take a QB high (despite a complete turnover in the front office). Or only KC fans like Smith despite there being many instances of SF fan love, or even full blown converts, since Alex Smith was acquired. Or that our competitive window is apparently only open for just this year. In my book, that’s whiny. At least when Danny W expresses concerns they’re pretty reasonable (maybe sometimes a little exaggerated, but not too much so), and he can counter the argument with an intelligent/educated response based on understanding of trends, offensive/defensive philosophies, the fact that things can change for the better rather than just the worse, etc.

          • micah stephenson

            1st of all. I challenge you to go back a full 6 months and find something bad I’ve said about the Chiefs besides needing to upgrade the QB. You won’t b able to find anything. Alex aint that good to me. A 1st yr offense can only b as good a they QB is. After 8 seasons Alex is what he is, which ain’t much, matter fact I think he is already regressing. When and if Alex do something I will give him credit. His only decent game was against the 0-6 giants. Out of hundreds of thousands of fans I can recall Suzi and mayby 4 or 5 other guys coming in here saying the Chiefs fans now becuase of Smith. Me and Danny express the same exact concerns. We just ain’t scared to say what everyone else is thinking but scared to say themselves.

          • BigGil

            Danny will admit to concerns beyond Smith. The SF fans expressing love for Smith out flat out converting extend beyond AA, to several posters on AP, Bleacher Report, Pro Football Talk, etc. And just earlier this week you made a comment to the effect that by letting you and Danny into the coaches room that you could turn this offense around, a slight to the Chiefs coaching staff if I ever heard one.

            Smith needs to play better, but so does pretty much everyone else on the rest of the offense. Preferably during the same play; something they’re not doing nearly often enough right now. They can do that this year still, and while still notching wins. And when this offense does sync up (which is certainly attainable with the personnel we have), they can more decisively win games and with Reid’s system. They’re not completely hopeless, so I am not without hope. Actually I have more hope this weekend than in any of the previous ones. Not so much because of the offense (because I do think their two worst games were the last two) but because I’m finally accepting that the D & ST can play at a high level consistently (something they teased us with in recent seasons by only playing to their potential once or twice a season, but now that they’ve done it six games running, I’m ready to accept that it’s not a fluke like in recent years).

            The offense will get better. The D/ST will give ‘em a chance to win every week, and that chance will only increase as the offense continues to progress. We’re winning and are competitive enough to keep winning; after last season, and bearing in mind that season brought a whole new team philosophy with it that people are getting accustomed to, I’m willing to give the offense leeway to improve before getting harshly critical. The competitive window is really just opening.

          • KCMikeG

            What puzzles me is that, with the Chiefs at 6-0 and having the best defense in the NFL, sadly some can’t just enjoy the ride – savor these moments. Don’t understand why some want to complain, focusing on this stat or that stat, when only one game has been close by the end because AS11 has led the offense down the field on substantial time consuming 3rd/4th quarter scoring drives – every week. Twice coming from behind and consistently converting turnover to points (average of 4.2 points each), Yes I wish they could come out and hang a 40 burger on everyone but I enjoy even more watching teams struggling to get over two scores against us. I think if Micah and fans like him could just learn to trust Andy Reid and his QB whispering abilities they would be able to fully enjoy our powerful rise to prominence.

          • Danny W

            Quarterback whispering abilities. That’s a classic right there.

          • Danny W

            Yeah I’m a boss…. :-P

          • micah stephenson

            I’m whining a lil bit. That’s wat people do when they want something. I want a big time QB. I going to keep whinning and crying untill we get him or a superbowl win.

          • Jason Seibel

            I’ll take 6-0 for now. When this team beats the Broncos, I’m going to write a post called “Why Micah Should Stop Whining and Embrace Alex Smith.” Deal?

          • micah stephenson

            If we win a playoff game and I believe Alex can win playoff games and the super bowl next yr, then I will quit whining and accept Alex.

    • Danny W

      Ha funny and true.

  • micah stephenson

    Hell will they trade us Luck, Wilson, or Kopernick for Alex Smith and some draft picks then?

  • jimfromkcj

    I am sitting back and enjoying the ride, but I have to admit that I believe we are having some very good luck as well as good play. Really, I can just point to one game where I thought we just outplayed and over powered the other team, and that was the Dallas game. We have been fortunate to catch most teams having to play with their 2nd or 3rd QB’s. I hope this lasts, but I also wonder how we would have done with our 2nd or 3rd QB playing, or our 2nd or 3rd running back.

  • Rick

    nice piece, so let me say first that i’m from san Francisco and a die hard 49ers fan. i’m 31 years old and remember the 49ers glory in the 90′s much more than the 80′s since I was very young. I know all too well the glory of the 9ers in the 80′s and 90′s. I remember the pain and agony of early 2000 and the ups and downs of alex smith. a lot of it being coaching changes rebuilding etc. one thing I can tell you is when the pieces started to get put into place, alex smith started to show his true colors on top of that the guy has tons of heart, dedication and he’s a tough MF. so many fans hating on him and through the years he kept on looking forward. I can still remember the play off game vs the saints. one of the greatest games I’ve ever seen and my favorite memory of the 49er’s glory. we didn’t take it all the way, due to a muffed punt and kick return but that’s okay. I got to see a man after many years of beatings come into his own that year. Kansas city is lucky to have alex smith, he’s a good human being and though he has a few years left. there isn’t a better man to start the rebuilding of the chiefs, he works hard is loyal and incredibly humble. we gotta remember that winning the big one is not easy. so any type of success is great in the nfl, as long as the organization keeps moving forward that’s all that matters, every single year the pats and whether it was the colts or broncos manning get to the post season to take it all the way and as of late don’t get there. it takes a “team” to win the big one and in my opinion chiefs have the best “team” right now. another thing is chiefs offense is learning andy reids system and thus far have had success. it’s only gonna get better and remember that “west coast offense” is about short passes. short passes and getting YAC, aswell as running good routes. they’ll get it clicking soon enough, takes time. and that’s all I have for yah, good luck on the season chiefs fans. secretly routing for you guys to take it far, still have a complex with harbaugh for how he treated smith. don’t like none of that shady shit, I would have rather had smith finish the season no matter the outcome. anyway, gl.

  • Sean

    I dont think any of those QB’s have led 97 and 98 yrd defense killing drives that led to TD’s either….