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Alex Smith: Addressing Haters and Making A Case For Kansas City’s Quarterback


Alex Smith has not been the best quarterback in the NFL by any stretch of the imagination, but he has been the quarterback Kansas City needs.

He’s mostly efficient—despite throwing two interceptions to no touchdowns in the past three games—he’s much more athletic than given credit for, and he’s seemingly been a leader on this offense. He’s shown the ability to make good to great throws, and we all know he knows how to manage a game.

Really, that’s all he needs to do, right?

Get the ball to Jamaal Charles, whether it be a run or pass, lean on the tight ends for easy yards, and occasionally get it to Dwayne Bowe or Donnie Avery for a big play or two.

Considering the great special teams and defense the Chiefs’ possess, that’s all Smith has to do.

Why ask him to be anything more than what he is? You can’t get mad at an apple for not being an orange, right? Why be disappointed when he’s done just what this team needs him to do?

After all, the Chiefs are 7-0, and like it or not, he has been one of the major reasons why.

Still, Smith has his detractors, and those detractors tend to be discontent with his production.

For instance, in a piece on the Chiefs by Chase Stuart of the New York Times, here’s what was said about Smith:

An outstanding defense and a singular talent on offense have enabled the Chiefs to get by with mediocre play at quarterback. Alex Smith has earned a label as a winner with a 26-5-1 record as a starter since 2011. But this year, his main role has been to throw short, safe passes, and even that has been a challenge.

Smith’s average pass has traveled just 6.23 yards past the line of scrimmage this year, the shortest of any passer. Quarterbacks who throw shorter passes tend to produce high completion percentages. Smith, who frequently checked down with San Francisco, too, completed 70.2 percent of his passes last year with the 49ers, but this season with the Chiefs he has completed only 58 percent.

I’ll admit, you can’t argue with the facts, and at least by the numbers, Smith hasn’t been a great quarterback for Kansas City.

Still, let me repeat it, this team is 7-0. Even though credit has to be given to Jamaal Charles, the special teams and of course, the defense, Smith has played a role in that success as well.

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Why does it have to be pretty to be efficient?

Why does Smith have to put up Peyton Manning, Aaron Rodgers or Tom Brady-esque numbers in order to be the same type of leader that those quarterbacks are?

I’d argue that on this team, he doesn’t.

In fact, and this has been brought up before, we’ve seen teams have Super Bowl winning success with quarterbacks who weren’t necessarily stars, or even relatively that good.

Quarterbacks like Brad Johnson and Trent Dilfer have led their teams to Super Bowl wins while relying on great defenses, so why is it so wrong for Smith to try to do the same?

Is it the fact that we’re spoiled in today’s quarterback-driven NFL and expect superhuman performances from our quarterbacks on a weekly basis?

Or, are we just not able to trust that John Dorsey, Andy Reid and company know what they’re doing? This is their jobs, after all. Smith was brought here for a reason and I dare say his limitations were known before hand.

Could it be that Dorsey and Reid knew that they had a potentially great defense on their hands, and that all they would need is a game-manager at quarterback to help lead the offense and lead Kansas City to wins?

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Is it possible to trust a general manager, or are Chiefs fans still too shellshocked from the Scott Pioli era? Eventually, as is the case with any bad relationship, you have to learn to let go in order to truly move on and accept the new, good relationship you have right in front of you.

Maybe they just got lucky and this all happened randomly, but either way, the Chiefs are 7-0.

Smith may not have the best deep ball and he may be infuriating as he throws check downs, but like it or not, he’s been at the helm of this undefeated run through the 2013 season.

He’s displayed leadership, poise and more grit than you’d like to see from your starting quarterback. He’s bounced back from big hits, led a few really nice touchdown drives with his arm as well as his feet, and he’s done just enough to get his team a victory seven weeks in a row now.

That’s enough for me to believe in Smith, but not everybody is convinced in him or this team. Back to Stuart’s piece:

Only one of Kansas City’s victories came against a team with a winning record, and that team, the Dallas Cowboys, has not beaten a team with a winning record this year. No team has had an easier schedule than Kansas City.

But the expectations were never that Kansas City would go from having the No. 1 pick in the draft to winning the Lombardi Trophy. That the Chiefs remain the lone unbeaten team is a testament to the remarkable turnaround led by Coach Andy Reid.

Kansas City’s game plan is clear: play tough defense, win the field-position battle, minimize mistakes on offense and pull out close victories. That blueprint works against less talented teams, but will leave little margin for error against the top ones.

Kansas City plays the Browns and Bills before the bye week, and then comes back to a gauntlet of Denver, San Diego, Denver and Washington.

The Raiders, Colts and Chargers round out the 2013 schedule, and then it’s the playoffs, a place that Kansas City wasn’t even supposed to sniff this year, let alone get to.

Some may say that the Chiefs haven’t proven themselves just yet, but I vehemently disagree with that point. There’s no such thing as an easy win in the NFL. Everybody is a professional, and the talent level is simply too high. You can’t skate through games in the National Football League.

The Chiefs have earned every bit of their 7-0 record, and they’ve proven themselves to be one of the best teams in the NFL, so far.

No matter how good your defense is and no matter how effective your running game is, you simply can’t win games in the NFL without a capable quarterback.

Smith may not be superstar, but he’s undoubtedly capable of leading this team.

Hate him all you want, or don’t believe in him, but at the end of the day, keep this in mind: He’s lead this team to seven wins so far.

Why doubt that he’ll lead them to more?

Tags: Alex Smith Andy Reid Dwayne Bowe Featured Jamaal Charles John Dorsey Kansas City Chiefs Popular

  • Jason Seibel

    Well said my friend.

  • ……ChiefsFan……

    Agreed.

  • Brian H

    I have an acquaintance that is a 9er fan, who is probably Alex Smith’s biggest hater. He goes on and on about how horrible he is, and “watch out Chiefs fans, you’re about to see the worst AS performance ever”(this quote was right before he went 8 for 8 and had a rushing touchdown last week). Yet, will go on to say how great the 49er’s were the last couple years and to look at their record over the past two years. I’ve had to remind him who his quarterback was for 3/4 of those wins.

    Like you said, he may not be a superstar but the last few years he’s been asked to do the same thing as he’s doing currently. Don’t screw up and manage the game. And what’s he been doing? Exactly that. It’s nice to not have to worry about our quarterback going out and throwing 2-4 picks per game!

    Go Chiefs!

    • Curtis

      In the Niner’s Fan defense, it was technically 8 for 9 before the rushing TD… 8 for 9… horrible…

    • micah stephenson

      Hey!!!! I’m Alexs Biggest hater! No QB shud throw many ints when he won’t throw past 5 yrds downfield.

      • Brian H

        None of his interceptions have come on throws less than 20 yards downfield.

        • Jordan

          Doesn’t that just prove Micah’s point?

          • Brian H

            I’m not saying that his downfield completion percentage (or any completion percentage, for that matter) is up to what we would like it to be. But the way I took his comment, he was saying his INT’s were on short throws. Maybe I misunderstood it.

  • toperspective

    The detractors, a group to which I belong, don’t hate Smith, they just realize he’s not all that good. There are going to be games where he will be needed to do more than not turn the ball over and I don’t have confidence that he’ll be able to do it. He’s a huge upgrade over 2012 and he was the best available option but he’s not a franchise QB. I’ve been surprised at his inaccuracy, even on the short throws, and he has missed horribly on the few long throw opportunities. Andrew – would you be happy if they signed him to a big money, long term extension? Do you think it really required two #2′s to secure his services? I saw a QB ranking this morning and they had Smith at 16, which sounded about right. He’s ok, but I’m not going to run out and get a Smith jersey. Yes, I’m thrilled at 7-0 and it’s great to actually look forward to the games again but I also remember the Chiefs teams that fell flat in the playoffs because the offense was inadequate.

    • Nicholas

      I think you might be confused from the times the KC Chiefs made the playoffs these past 20 years. The Chiefs had a high powered offense with no defense/or little defense. They make it to the playoffs and then choke, of which their defense cannot hold up and make the stops that they need. This year is different, they have a quarterback that does not turn the ball over every other possession, and one of the top defenses in the league if not the top defense.

      • toperspective

        That wasn’t the case in the 90′s under Marty. There is one consistent theme among all of the Chiefs playoffs failures of the past 20 years. They didn’t have a franchise QB. Bono, Grbac, Cassel. In 1993 they made it to the AFC championship with Montana but he was just a shell of his former self. But he was heads above the normal mediocrity that has lined up under center for the Chiefs.

    • jacati

      You got to be kidding me with that last sentence. If this years team could play the 2010 team they would completely and utterly kick their ass. You can’t even begin to compare the two.

      • toperspective

        Who was talking about 2010? That team was a fluke. I’m perhaps a bit older than you because I’m thinking of the 1995 Chiefs that were 13-3 and led by Steve Bono and the 1997 season were the 13-3 Chiefs were led to defeat by the great Elvis. This team needs a franchise QB.

        • jacati

          My bad, sort of. I thought you were talking about that high powered offense we had on the field in 2010. This team runs more along the line of the 2000 Ravens. Stifling defense and an offense that doesn’t make mistakes. I’ll take my chances with this team>>>>

          • toperspective

            I also love the chemistry and what they have accomplished so far. I guess I’m just skeptical of Smith. I’ve seen too many playoff failures with supposedly “good enough” QB’s. I hope you’re right and I’m wrong.

        • superman_25_58

          T.B. is the next AR/JF experiment clone!

        • Kenneth Stewart

          yes they do and this coming up draft is packed with them i hope we can get a good one

          • toperspective

            Hopefully the Chiefs will be drafting very late in the 1st, and since IMHO they unnecessarily gave away the 2nd round pick for Smith, the chances of getting a good one are slim.

          • 7yahweh7

            “unnecessarily gave away the 2nd round pick for Smith”

            How much did your sorry ass front office give for Cassel?

          • toperspective

            My sorry ass front office? Geez, if I only knew. The fact that Pioli missed on Cassel doesn’t change my perception that the Chiefs gave more than necessary for Smith. Who were they bidding against?

      • micah stephenson

        Who is better? Our 2010 offense or this yrs offense?

    • Jarad

      I completely agree! I like that KC got Smith because he was the best option. Im happy as hell at the teams success and Alex is a big part of it. But im also willing to admit that he could be much better. People call him conservative, safe, but very accurate. Well, for being that safe with the ball, his accuracy/completion % is pretty low. Its ok to point out flaws in people you like. Its an observation, dont get booty hurt people

    • Michael Shaw

      “the offense was inadequate”??????? I thought the purpose of the offense was to score more points than the other team and chew up the clock when ahead. AS and the offense, during every game so far, has made 1-2 long drives to either score or keep the ball away from the opposing offense. So the guy isn’t putting up Manning numbers? Who gives a shit?!!!! Manning is 6-1 and Alex is 7-0, that should be the end of the story. I hope he has a Trent Dilfer type of year. That means a SB win that we haven’t had since SB4, which was before I was even born!!!!

    • Stacy D. Smith

      I tend to agree. You have to be more than a guy who won’t lose a game. Occasionally, you’ll have to go out there and win one. Typically in the postseason, BUT…He has proven he can do that. I would just like to see that on a more consistent basis.

    • Stan

      Let me ask you a question. Did you expect, really expect this team to win 7 games this year let alone be 7 and 0? Probably not. Did you expect us to be in the playoffs this year? Probably not? So quit hating on Alex. Enjoy the year and thank God for Alex.

      • toperspective

        Of course I expected them to be 7-0. You didn’t? Oh the negativity. Just because your child is doing well in school you don’t ignore the fact that he’s torturing small animals in the back yard. Ok, so it’s a bad analogy. But because this team has exceeded all expectations we are not allowed to criticize Smith and hope for more? With this tremendous defense this team could do some damage in the playoffs. For that to happen the offense is going to need to improve. So then is it safe to assume you think Smith should be given a long term extension and you want him to be the Chiefs QB for the next 6 years?

        • Stan

          Why wasn’t our great defense great last year? 2 and 14 was a terrible year. But 7 and 0 is not good enough. Let’s see…Rodgers has 2 losses, Brees has 1 loss, Eli (2 time SB winner)has 6 losses, Big Ben (2 time super bowl winner) has 4 losses, Brady (3 time super bowl winner) has 2 losses, Strafford has 3 losses and Romo has 3 losses but ALEX has NO losses!!! Bottom line is WINNING, I will take that stat over any other stat!!!

          • toperspective

            So then you want the Chiefs to give Smith a LT extension? And I would also assume that you would rather have Smith than Rogers, Brees, Brady or Big Ben?

    • 7yahweh7

      The detractors are generally stupid. They never count that the pass blocking on this team is bottom of the NFL, nor do they count that the WR unit is average at best. Adding to that: Alex is in another new system with another new coach, and another set of people to learn. This clearly makes it beyond the mental capacity of the “detractors” (idiots).

      • toperspective

        Good gawd, you are a jerk. It’s a discussion forum. Sorry that some people don’t agree with your point of view. Rather than debate a point like a normal human, you just throw out insults. Back to the basement for you.

  • RepOurChiefs

    I keep in mind that the negative minded people have said that our chiefs “will be brought to reality” 3 games ago. A NFL analyst said it before the houston game and it seems predictions are just wishful thinking. They wish the chiefs and Smith to fail. Then after it doesnt happen all of a sudden the opponents werent good enough. Its the same thing week in in week out. AS11 is doing what was asked of him..leading a team that respects him and the runs he has made (though I cringe) makes you root for this guy even more.Call him what you will..taco bell manager..capt save a ho..point is he leads a 7-0 team and thats the reality. #lickituphaters

    • Jarad

      You can point out flaws without being a “hater”. Yes its awesome that The CHIEFS as a team are 7-0. But that doesnt make them perfect. They are led by a dominating defense. And with that defense holding every team to 17 points or less and adding some very critical points of their own, Alex has been enough to get to 7-0. But its not crazy to have concerns about the offense when it comes to teams like Denver Indianapolis and hell, even SD who can put up points. Time will tell, but its yet to be seen if Alex can “lead” this team in a shoot out.

      • jacati

        Also, just want to point out that the teams who can “put up points” were allowed to do so by teams that weren’t able to do anything to stop them. We don’t resemble those teams in any way shape or form. We just need to punch them in the mouth repeatedly and avoid the shoot outs. I’m not going to get bent about something that hasn’t happened yet. Take a breath and enjoy 7-0 …

        • KCMikeG

          Spot on comment. Got to enjoy the ride!

        • Kenneth Stewart

          and more on your point cowboys has had some big scores like the denver game 48 point yet when they played KC we held them to 16 KC is not a “shoot out team” they are a stop the ball sack a QB kind of team the kind that you dont know how but gets the win and every team that comes to play at are house hates it

      • RepOurChiefs

        My comment wasnt to ppl with legit concerns for I have them myself. My comment was to the ppl who constantly hope the team fails every week. Hence the “this team will get a reality check” Any sports channel you put it on from TV to satellite radio some1 says “this is the week!” Then it turns out to be “ok..nooow this is the week!” Lol its quite comical really but these are haters none the less. And not even AS11 haters…just Chiefs haters as a whole. Im not blind to the flaws by any means and cant wait to see how they fair against the elite cause in the famous words of a Ric Flair “to be the best..you have to beat the best wooooooo!”

        • Jarad

          Gotcha. I guess im just use to some fans getting too defensive about simple observations. I agree with your point though

          • RepOurChiefs

            Right..wonder if they walk into walls with those blinderers on.

      • KCMikeG

        Why point out flaws? No team is perfect. Good news is you don’t have to be perfect to be undefeated. Listened to Mitch Holtus on 810 radio BTL compare the offense under AS11 to the 2003 offense today which had more ST/D TD’s than this year’s team at this point in the season. More long drives, better Red Zone % and higher scoring this year too. His point is this offense deserves more respect as they are outperforming the 2003 team to date.

        • Jarad

          Why pretend everything is rainbows and popsicles? Im loving this season, doesnt mean ihave to close my eyes and ears so i dont say or hear sonething negative. Great teams have flaws, no reason for fans to cry foul play when theyre pointed out.

          • jacati

            OMG. Nobody is pretending anything. There are actually a few Chiefs fans here who are thoroughly enjoying this season. And then there are ” others ” who say they are enjoying it but devote their entire time on this site bashing some of our teams personnel and the people who are supporting them. I know 7-0 isn’t a big deal to some, seeing as how we didn’t win by as large as you thought we should have, And that the defense did it all by themselves, (The defense threw the ball to the defense who then ran it in for the score. Immediately afterwards the defense went back onto the field to play defense. ), but good grief, do you have to keep pointing out over and over and over and over and over and over just how horrible some of our players are in the name of ” I just can’t keep pretending everything is rainbows and popsicles “? I get that the 2013 squad is having some issues on offense. You don’t have to keep hammering that home. but the reality is they are just going to continue getting better the more they play together. I could keep going here but you’ve heard all of this before and I’m pretty sure it’s going to fall upon deaf ears anyway. Rant over.

          • Jarad

            first off, you lose all credibility when you start off a long rant like that with “OMG”. And these sights are for discussions. Im so sorry that your feeings get hurt at every post that doesnt give all mighty praise. So get a grip!!! Im enjoying this season as much as the next guy. Ask anyone in Fort Worth TX! Theyve probably heard me on Sundays. But i like going against the grain in these to have discussions. So, dont get all pissy mr OMG. We dont all have to wear the Chiefs blinders to enjoy 7-0

          • jacati

            discussions lol

          • Kenneth Stewart

            i love that there is some one out there like me this is a whole new system to them and you can tell that they are getting better and they havent have a really good TN alot of ARs plays call for two TNs now that we have that we will open up the play book alot more

          • KCMikeG

            Not pretending at all. It detracts from the pleasure of the success to always be looking for the flaws. Especially when they are perceived deficiencies (offense is bad) when in reality our offense is statistically better in numerous scoring and performance categories and have benefited from less TD’s by the ST’s & defense than the 2003 offense that no one found flaws in while winning.
            I know that our offense could be better and that our defense should stop giving up big plays. We are better than we even know. Watch as our offense takes strides as we enter the 2nd half of the season. This is a once in a lifetime experience – savor the moments. Give it some time – Rainbows and popsicles ahead!

      • Stan

        Let me say this about Alex. He beat Aaron Rodgers in Green Bay last year on opening day. He beat Detroit in Detroit when they were 5 and 0 on a last second pass to Delanie Walker. Then he beat Philly in Philly another 4th quarter come back. Some of you guys really don’t know Alex history the past 2 years. Hell he’s 26-5-1 since 2011. I would think he won a lot of shoot outs with the best QB’s like Brees and Rodgers. He’ll come through when needed. Have some faith. At times you must be a “Faithful” Chief!!

  • Kevin Lind

    I agree that Smith is getting the job done and that it is not necessary to be pretty. A win is a win. However, I fear that if the Chiefs do not see more productivity on offense by the time the schedule becomes significantly more difficult we very well could be seeing different results. I’m not looking for amazing numbers, but we currently rank 18th in both yardage and first downs. I’m hoping the offense uses the next three weeks to works out some of it’s kinks and increases it’s productivity. Not looking for anything spectacular, just effective.

  • redchiefs

    How many deep balls did Joe Montana throw? Most of his were middle to short throws. It’s the West Coast System to throw exactly the throws that he making right now. All the pieces are here, big strong receiver (Bowe), fast and agile receivers (Avery, McCluster) a good tight end (Fasano, McGrath), a great RB (Charles) and very good blocking FB who can run or catch a short pass, a good O line (still working on that and it looked MUCH better last game). Top that off with a cereberal QB who can throw the pass accurately and the O has potential to be every good as the 49ers of the 80s. Add a dominant D and an outstanding special teams and right now there’s no reason for this team, this year, not to go all the way. Right now, no injuries, this stadium and crowd, this team has the potential to win it all. GO CHIEFS!

    • toperspective

      It is a fallacy that he is accurate.

      • Stacy D. Smith

        More often than not, he is.

        • Brandon Mecham

          58 percent is accurate?

          • Stacy D. Smith

            Not particularly, but that’s seven games into a season with a new coach, new scheme, and new offensive players. Last year he completed 70% of his throws.

          • micah stephenson

            I don’t think 4 preseason and 7 regular season games is new. The season is almost halfway over.

          • Tom Sparks

            ……………

          • toperspective

            Beat me to it. Technically Stacy is correct because 58% defines more often than not. It would be great if we could see on youtube every pass thrown this year. My recollection is that even many of the short completions are less than accurate and the few long opportunities have been terrible.

          • KCMikeG

            With the OL injuries/new faces, a new team, coaching staff, offense, TE injuries, and the limitations at WR he is performing admirably. You are also only looking at his first 7 games with KC and ignoring what he accomplished over the previous two seasons.

          • Brandon Mecham

            And you are ignoring the years before that. Alex Smith has a comp percentage of 59.1 over his career. Matt Cassel is at 59.2. So tell me again how accurate Alex Smith is.

          • superman_25_58

            How many games has Cassel started/played in and how many games has AS11 started/played in?

          • Brandon Mecham

            Cassel 80 Smith 87

          • KCMikeG

            I’m not ignoring anything. Accuracy is only part of the equation. You are using an ugly start to his career to water down the recent successes. I’m fully aware of how our 7-0 QB played 3+ years ago. IMO what has happened recently is far more important than the distant past. NFC Championship game in 2010 and most accurate QB in the NFL through week #10 last year and 7-0 this year. Don’t give a crap what he used to be. Winning is all that matters.

          • Kenneth Stewart

            who the hell cares about matt cassel here is the big one who has the bigger win % and who has more int Alex smith has one of the best win % in the nfl and matt cassel is really good at that giveing up the ball god i really hatted cassel think he was way over payed glad he is gone Smith is a good fit for this time right now not saying we souldnt be look adead

          • Brandon Mecham

            Sorry to burst your bubble but smith has more interceptions. TD/INT Smith 88/67 Cassel 85/59. That 7-0 is not a smith stat, it has way more to do with the defense. I’m still not convinced Smith was an upgrade over Cassel. If you take their stats over there whole careers, Cassel actually looks better in almost every category.

          • Kenneth Stewart

            so what are you saying that you would like to have cassel back i dont i like having smith hes not just a QB he is a born leader he helps pulls this team togather

          • Brandon Mecham

            No I’m just saying that Smith isn’t an upgrade.

          • Stan

            Was Cassel ever 7 and 0?

          • D forte

            If we weren’t one of the league leadersin drops his percentage would e over 60, I f you took away all the drops (I know every team has drops) he would be at about 64 %.

          • Tom Sparks

            Give AS11 a chance to gel and sync with the weapons he has. It’s only been 7 weeks and 7-0, still feels damn good, especially when the O hasn’t hit their stride, yet.
            Trent Greens stat’s, first year as a Chief, we’re pretty ugly. A ton of miscommunication and under/over throws.
            But, the next year he started to impress. It just takes time and could have been a LOT WORSE right now for us, if Smith had not known the general outline of Reid’s O!

      • redchiefs

        You have to factor in the times he is running for his life, and throwing it away to avoid a sack. Watch him when he has time, he is accurate.

        • toperspective

          That’s true, but when he missed badly on the TD throws to a wide open Avery, a wide open Charles and a wide open McGrath, he had time.

      • 7yahweh7

        It’s a fallacy that you’re intelligent too.

        • toperspective

          Ohh, brilliant argument.

    • chris

      I think Charles runs better wo a fb in the game, sherman has made some plays of his own this year and Charles is one of the better blocking rds ive seen

    • KCMikeG

      Thanks for pointing out the focus of the WCO. Don’t these haters, and even worse the sports columnists who should know better if they want any credibility, know that the WCO – especially Reid’s version is totally designed around the short/intermediate passing game? AS11′s accuracy will improve and his downfield attempts will increase as the OL develops. You can’t fault the QB for doing what the HC & OC tell him to do. I seriously don’t understand why it is so hard for some to enjoy the success. They are missing out on savoring these glorious moments.

      • micah stephenson

        Winning regular season games are glorious moments to you? I want superbowl wins.

        • KCMikeG

          We all want that but why overlook the success now to focus on what isn’t possible yet? Yes – winning every game, being a part of the rebirth of the Sea of Red while winning at home and watching the development of what could very well be one of the best defenses ever are glorious moments. You can’t win a SB w/o doing what we are doing right now. Savor the moments along the way to our ultimate reward or you will miss out.

          • micah stephenson

            Noone is over looking the sucess.

        • jacati

          They are when you only won two games last year

        • Tom Sparks

          DUH! Your missing the point, micah. I think we all want Lombardi’s! And we just might be heading there, faster than any of us thought…… I think Mike is just trying to reiterate to just enjoy the Rare-Air while it is fresh in our nostrils! I mean, we are rated the #1 NFL Team, right now, in most Power Polls! Enjoy that for now! It’s been a while…… Better things are yet to come with the Guys running the show, now!
          It’s a great time to be a Chiefs Fan! CHEERS, bro!

          • KCMikeG

            Yes. Savor the moments. Together we are powerful.

    • Stan

      Remember Montana had Jerry Rice(WR-best receiver of all time), John Taylor(WR), Roger Craig(RB-1st RB to rush for 1,000 yards and 1,000 yards in receiving) and Brent Jones(TE) plus a very experience OL. Most of Joe’s passes were below 20 yards. Man oh man Rice and Taylor had fantastic YAC’s, probably the best ever. Alex surrounding group is not up to that yet. Alex throwing to a 4th string TE is not the same as Montana throwing to Brent Jones and Dwight Clark(WR). You guys get the point. The WCO is like a hand off by passing. And when it works no body can stop it. Remember it’s our 1st year in this system. Alex is working on his 8th system in 9 years. Give him some credit.

  • Michael Shaw

    Wow! No post by Micah?

    • toperspective

      I wish he’d hurry up and chime in….I need some support here.

      • micah stephenson

        Sorry I’m late. Yea Alex Sucks.

    • BWrangler

      I think I scared him off when I called him out.

      • micah stephenson

        Nobody can scare me off.

    • micah stephenson

      Not so fast there buddy. Alex ain’t shit but we might not need him to. I’m starting to think the D can win every game.

      • Stan

        Yeah and I hope the D scores 21 points because I guess our offense can’t score. Alex is good very good. You think Andy Reid took Alex because he’s bad, no way. Reid knows a good QB when he sees one and Alex is a good one.

        • micah stephenson

          He took alex cus he was the best n a horrible free agent class. That don’t mean he wud pik him over a lot of other QBs.

          • Stan

            Like who? Any other QB’s 26-5-1 since 2011? I don’t think so.

  • Bosco Cletus

    A 98 yard drive against the best defense in the league (Houston/yards per game) should at least get mentioned. I think Alex threw one incomplete pass if my memory serves. So to all the “expert” Denver suckers, they are ranked 30th in the league in defense and is subject to very big plays and points against them. I take DEFENSE over offense any day!!!

    • jacati

      Booyah

    • paul pace

      Here, here!

    • KCMikeG

      Amen brother! I am looking forward to us deferring when we win the toss at Arrowhead so the defense can take the field first!! I was there to watch it in the ’90′s with DT and the gang. Absolutely loved it! It made our opponents even more afraid to play us at home.

    • Kenneth Stewart

      yes and denver couldnt hold dallas to 48 points kc held them to 16 the most points kc has given up this yr is 17 hell even the jags got 19 on denver with out 18 thowing the denver wouldnt be any where this yr he gets hurt and denver is out A.S. gets hurt and we can keep on going i love the d game that kc has right now and must of those guys on d are young and will be around for a bit we have some good player on offense a few more key players and we are in there and how the hell knows we may end up going all the way this yr never know

  • Jarad

    Im living on cloud nine this season! This team makes plays! I enjoyed the read for the most part, but…”Keep this in mind: He’s lead this team to seven wins so far.” I couldnt disagree more! This DEFENSE has led them to 7-0. Alex had done his part, but by no means is he the main reason. ESPN, NFL NETWORK, and every other sports network points to the DEFENSE being the main (on the field) reason theyre 7-0, and i happen to agree.

    • kcpauly

      AS11 is a leader on the field and in the locker room and the players respect him, the coaches respect him, and I bet 10-1 his opponents respect him, I don’t know why it is SO frickin’ hard for a beat down fan base to respect him? we are 7-0 you bunch of nit pickin’, negative nelly, sour pusses, let’s enjoy the ride, we sure the hell ain’t going 2-14 and players are not killing people and themselves, oh how quickly we forget the BS that has been this organization as of recent years, a complete dumster fire, maybe all you haters are new to being a Chiefs fan this year, but I have been a fan for 28+ yrs. and I have had my share of shitty teams, negative bullshit, and crappy organization running, can we just all say the def. the ST, and the off. are playing as a team and winning as a team, and like it or not AS11 is a part of this team and a part of WINNING, I know most of us “old school” fans are not real used to WINNING, but for shit sake get over your peddly little bitches and enjoy the Kansas City Chiefs being 7-0 and wait to see what happens and enjoy it while it’s happening…damn head scratching BS!
      Go Chiefs!!!!!!!!!!(remember?)

      • Jarad

        Did i hit a nerve? Ha. When your tears dry let me know. Im on this to have discussions and bring another point of view. But there are always the overly sensative ones that just cant handle it. I find it hard to believe that youve been a fan for 28+ years when no one the age of 25 in their right mind would get so upset of a couple comments about a guy you probably wont ever meet. Its sports and the greatness of sports brings about topics and conversations about whos better, wholl win, whos good, whos bad. Im having a great time talking about it all. Check the mirror and say “enjoy it while its happening” . Have a splendid day buddy. And yes, Go Chiefs!!!

        • kcpauly

          No it didn’t hit a nerve it just gets old when our team is 7-0 and there is SO much negativity, I know the problems but after 28+yrs. of problem watching I do not want to dwell on them, I want to enjoy the positives, I’m sure the staff knows the problems too and are working them out, it’s not my place to bash people on our team, it’s my place to be a fan and appreciate and enjoy the positive direction the team is going, and give them 100% of my support as a fan for giving me 7 enjoyable games so far, can we at least wait until the wheels fall off to scrap the ride? that’s all I’m saying, I have endured countless shit ass games and teams and every player on this team deserves credit for this incredible start including Mr.Smith that’s all, I too enjoy discussing football matters and opinions on here but when it’s all about AS11 sucks and so on it gets old when HE has led this team to 7-0 like it or not he is the leader of this team and HIS team is 7-0, and by the way they are tears of joy I’m wiping away, at 40yrs. old
          Go Chiefs!!!!!!!!!!

          • Jarad

            Well,hopefully the season continues on this path. Its been an awesome ride. I just temper my excitement when they’re awesome and hold hope when theyre….. well, 2-14. Just a difference in how we enjoy our favorite team

          • kcpauly

            Indeed, and I was not talking about the people who voice there concerns about what we need to do better, I was mainly talking about people that just bash our players for no real reason…see 7-0
            Go Chiefs!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Curtis

    Andrew, you’re one of my favorite contributors. Another very well written piece. Thank you sir!

    • Andrew Kulha

      Thank you, Curtis. Really appreciate the support.

  • DTVTechGuy

    To all the AS detractors…. Who was the Tampa Bay QB when they won the Super Bowl?

    Just a solid bit of proof that what you really need in the NFL is a strength ( our Defense ) and the other side of the ball to be good enough not to undermine the strength’s efforts. That is what the Chiefs are… A smothering, aggressive, assault style defense, with an offense who doesn’t cost em the game.

    • Stacy D. Smith

      That’s a bygone generation of football. That was 2002. The FIRST year of a re-aligned NFL.

      • DTVTechGuy

        Not really. Considering the Ravens and 49ers last year. Neither team was offensive power houses.

        • Stacy D. Smith

          Last year, Joe Flacco had one of the greatest postseason runs in the history of the NFL. 11 TD’s and 0 INT’s. He had four STRAIGHT games with a passer rating of 106 or better. The year before, Alex Smith threw 5 TD’s and 0 INT’s in two postseason games (101 passer rating). Neither of those teams won strictly because of their defenses.

      • toperspective

        And the rules favoring passing have changed the landscape. For every Dilfer or Johnson there are 10 QB’s by the name of Aikman, Brady, Manning, Farve, Roethlisberger, Rogers, et al. Other than perhaps Dilfer, I don’t know of any QB that won a SB that was ranked as low as Smith is for the Chiefs this year. The QB rating is not the best measure of a QB but 32nd is pretty low.

        • Stacy D. Smith

          Now… If Smith can elevate his level of play, like he did in the 2011 postseason, I think this team can WIN a Super Bowl with him.

          • toperspective

            Perhaps…wouldn’t that be something. I’m looking forward to how they match up versus Denver and Indy. It will be interesting to see how SD progresses as they could be a decent match-up. They are a lot better than I expected.

        • Stan

          Try Doug Williams

          • toperspective

            Bart Starr, Terry Bradshaw, Roger Staubach, Drew Brees…. The point was that franchise QB’s win it 10 times for every schlub. Could it happen with Smith? Sure. Would if be more likely with a QB that wasn’t ranked 32nd? Sure.

          • Stan

            Yeah but he ranks first in WINS!!!

  • kcpauly

    nice read Andrew,
    AS11 is a superstar as far as I’m concerned after the puss that we have had under center in recent memory, haters will hate, and 7-0 sits just fine with me, I got your back Al
    Go Chiefs!!!!!!!!!

    • micah stephenson

      Yawning. Superstar??? Have you seen his stats???

      • Stan

        Yeah is stats say 7 and 0!!!! What stats are you looking at?

      • kcpauly

        I figured that would draw you out Micah, what stats do you speak of? 7-0?
        Go Chiefs!!!!!!!!

        • jacati

          crickets….lol

  • Phillip Maxwell

    I’ve been waiting for this team for 2 decades…a world class defense that keeps points off the board for the other team and an offense that keeps drives alive. I’ve never understood a deep pass on 2nd and 3 when a dump to your TE, RBI or WR gets you a new set of downs! THAT my friends is what makes AS successful, he understands that a new set of downs can be just as important as a flashy deep pass. He moves the ball SLOWLY up the field, eating clock, all the while the flashy, high flying Romos,Mannings and Vicks are on the sidelines watching the scoring opportunities dwindle away.

    • KCMikeG

      Great comment! Keeps the defense fresh and allows them to be more aggressive too!

  • Stephen Doroha

    I love the Chiefs! Always have always will! I am a BIG Alex Smith backer!! Loved him on the 49ers thought he got a really bad deal there but with how hot Kid Colen was playing any coach would have prob made the same move. & I’m soooo F’N sick of hearing the soft schedule crap I could puke! Everybody saying how great the Denver Donkeys ( no disrespect to Manning he is AMAZING!) are until last week they had THE SAME EXSACT SCHEDULE AS THE CHIEFS exsept the Ravens who lets face it ARE NOT the same team that won the Super Bowl last season & they’re D showed that in the 1st game of the season then Denver plays a decent D in the Colts & gets beat so are they awful now? I think not!! So I hope maybe sometime this year the Chiefs can get some credit for playing great football!! Keep doing what your doing Alex Smith we love you & believe in you!! But I wouldn’t mind you getting Bowe the ball a little more but that will come! GO CHIEFS!!

  • Stacy D. Smith

    I don’t hate Smith, but I would like to see him take more chances down the field. He’s not the guy to chuck the ball 50 yards through the air, but there’s no reason why he can’t take 20, 30, and 40-yard shots. I love that he’s efficient and risk-averse, but he often relies too much on his intellect (which can make him seem indecisive). Sometimes you have to set your football IQ aside and make a play on instinct. That missed opportunity to McGrath in last week’s game comes to mind. You have to fire that ball the second he gets a step on the cornerback. THAT has to be second nature and not him sorting through a shortlist of options. Don’t try to run there. Don’t wait for Sherman to make a block. Plant your feet, recognize your man has a step on the defender, and throw. BANG…TD!

    • toperspective

      Well said. He does seem indecisive at times and I think his risk aversion impacts his accuracy. The few long shots he’s had this year were either thrown out of bounds or badly overthrown. At some point he’ll need to have confidence in himself and his receivers.

    • BWrangler

      But you’re praising him for being himself and condemning him for being himself…

      • Stacy D. Smith

        Not at all. I’m simply asking him to rise to the level of play I know he’s capable of.
        He can throw the ball 20, 30, and 40 yards. He can play with instinct.

        • Stan

          Hey you guys who haven’t watched Alex the past 2 years have no clue. Ask Vernon Davis how good Smith is. Remember again another new system and new players plus a new coach and you guys what perfection. Guess what,so far there is perfection, 7 and 0.

    • Doc

      For the most part I agree with you, but……this o-line really hasn’t given him consistent protection to get the down field throw opportunities. I also really do not see the receivers getting separation on their routes. Sure chemistry comes in to play with the QB and receivers, but I also question the OC and the play calling. Can and should AS improve – most definitely. I think he will improve once the o-line comes together and gives him that extra second or two of protection.

      IMHO – I am definitely not impressed with Albert this year. May be a good idea to let him walk after the year is over, move Fisher over to the left, and pick up a RT in the draft. Save money and let Albert see he is not as good as the money he is wanting says he is.

    • chris

      Fasano was wide wide open in the endzone near the goal post

    • Stan

      What’s wrong with the way he’s doing it now. 7 and 0 is pretty good his way. You want longer passes and then guess what? Yep, interceptions and turnovers. Let’s keep it this way. I’ll take 26-5-1 since 2011.

    • D forte

      i agree he was thinking too much on that 4th down last week, it looks like he wants to run it in but one the block wasnt made he waited too lng to toss it. I wouldn;t have hit Sherman either, he was short of the goal line and had a defend closing in n him. He should have hit McGrath sooner, but i do believe the run was his first option. He can throw it 50 yards in the air (49er longest pass through the air was Alex to Moss 54 yards last year), he just isn’t going to in the WCO to often. Taking chances like Matt last year lead to 2-14, while playing the field position and situation football have lead to 7-0.

  • Stan

    9er haters said the same thing in 2011 just like the haters now. Smith had 6 fourth quarter come backs in 2011 better than Joe Montana ever had. Smith out scored the might Saints and Drew Brees. Then against NYG we fumble twice and gave them 10 points. Should have went to the Super Bowl with Alex. The Chiefs were 2 and 14 last year, 2 and 14. Now the Chiefs are 7 and 0 and some fans just hate for no reason at all. I’m a lifetime 9er fan but this year I’m also a new Chiefs fan. Alex will come through, just believe in him.

    • ……ChiefsFan……

      Ahmen brother!

      I for one have the faith. We don’t know how AS will respond in those situations, because we haven’t seen it yet. I firmly believe AS will not hesitate to pull the trigger on some longer passes when the situation warrants it.

      AS is a leader, and a winner, he doesn’t need the fans to believe in him, as long as his FAMILY on the sideline does.

      • kcpauly

        I heard a radio program this morning and they were asking “do you really think AS11 can come out and hang in a shootout?” the answer was “we may never know, because the defence is so good that teams don’t score shootout points’ so indeed we may never know AS11 does what he has to to WIN and why do more and take chances when you don’t have to? he does win, and remember we took knees on the one yard line to finish the game
        Go Chiefs!!!!!!

        • trickyblain

          “do you really think AS11 can come out and hang in a shootout?”

          As a 49er fan, I would refer that person to the 2011 playoff game against Drew Brees and the Saints. Money. Only QB to ever score 2 go-ahead TD’s in the last 3 minutes of a playoff game.

          • kcpauly

            I agree I don’t thinkAS11 has lit it up yet because they are still working out kinks with the playbook and because quite frankly he has not had to.
            Go Chiefs!!!!!!!!!

  • Don Dungy

    Bill Parcells said you are what your record says you are. Chiefs are 7 – 0. I realize this is a bitter pill for chief haters and smith doubters, but I am sure with proper therapy you will be able to move on.

  • chris

    If he keeps missing receivers that arewide open down field like he has in the last 2 then I don’t know how you guess cabin keep defensive him. Not one in this article did you start anything about him getting better and that is not right he should play better,I like him and personally think that with fasano coming back this week he did look much better and have always liked him.. I mean the chiefs haven’t lost a game since he joined three team, what’s not to like about that. ..Im gonna call it now, Charles will have at latest a 40yd td against the browns and I think smith hits his man down field this week for a long td

  • Doc

    Seems some Chiefs fans will never be satisfied. We are one win from a 400% improvement over last year’s performance. JC is still running strong. ST is winning the field position battle. Defense is a monster this year. We are 7-0. Yet we still want to complain about A Smith. I guess we have learned it from our POTUS and congress where we just can’t admit we made a mistake – so some fans keep on hating A Smith because they can’t admit that he is part of the reason for being 7-0. Sure there is room for improvement and they need to play better, but we are still 7-0. Until we lose a game, why not get behind the team and what they are doing because obviously it is working and they are winning 7-0. No easy wins in the NFL (well maybe Jacksonville was). Go Chiefs!

    • micah stephenson

      Just because some of us keep it real about smith don’t mean we ain’t behind the team. There always room for improvement and Alex has the most room.

      • steve james

        I would say Fischer does by far.

      • D forte

        I’d say with the oline play and all the dropped passes there are others on the O that have a lot of improving to do also. Run game needs to improve, not just in the forth quarter.

  • GDL40

    LOVE the chiefs and hope things keep working out for us, but I think we need to be honest with ourselves and not sugar coat it just because its the team we love…..Numbers don’t lie…. this article is good in the sense that the average reader will get excited and believe Alex is what saved us from another terrible season. But instead of saying JC, the SP teams, n D have played a big part…. or say Alex has lead this team to 7-0….. we should just say the truth …. OUR “D” AND SP TEAMS have lead us to 7-0, alex has been a part of it of course and the biggest contribution by him has been keeping turnovers low. But our QB certainly hasn’t been THE reason we’re 7-0……AND if our QB play dsnt improve, we will not be a threat if we make the playoffs.

    • XianDave

      No one is saying AS is THE reason. You want to read negative stuff, just do a google search of kc chiefs. This is one of only a handful that give a little credit where it’s due.

      • GDL40

        The article says ” He’s has lead this team to 7 wins so far” …… I’m saying the deffense, JC, and ST have been the ones really leading the team, NOT AS ! …. these are facts, we all can look at them in which ever way we want but they dont change….no need to do a “google search” or “read negative” ……. There are fans that settle and refuse to see the weak spots on the team, and fans that are realistic and know what it takes to win in the playoffs and will admit if their team has it or not. plain and simple

        • kcpauly

          there has been several plays where AS11 single handely has made plays to keep drives alive, drives that turned into points, points in which if we didn’t have we would have lost games, so simmer down a bit, yes AS11 has led this team, say all you want to about his and Cassels stats, but the HUGE difference is that AS11 is a leader Cassel never was, see my post above about the team buying in to AS11.
          Go Chiefs!!!!!!

          • GDL40

            Yes he has, not denying that, he has also missed plays that should’ve gone for scores…..normal for ANY QB in my opinion to have good and bad plays….. I hope he keeps making those plays, just hope he makes more of that and less of the missed throws… I will say he hasnt been getting much help from his O-line, so once the line can give him some time to throw things should get a lot more fun for us fans ….. O-line and QB play need to improve, no denying that

          • kcpauly

            I agree that there are things that need to improve and the team acknowledges it as well, but for fans to just bash on AS11 is BS, the guy does WIN there is no denying that
            Go Chiefs!!!!!!!

        • Stan

          You know what the facts are. We are 7 and 0, that’s the facts, nothing else matters.

          • GDL40

            7-0 ! ….. That’s right !!!! ….. it is a fact :) GO CHIEFS !!!!
            but to ME as a Chiefs fan, if I may have an opinion, other things DO matter. What else matters to me? Any little thing that can improve and for the whole team to keep doing the things we’ve been doing right, because I, like all of u here, am so excited to hopefully see this team in the Super Bowl sooner than later

        • XianDave

          1. He is called the leader because he is the QB, not because he carried the team.
          2. You wrote “these are the facts;” what are the facts? You didn’t post any.
          3. Here are some facts: Smith’s QBR rating is 6th in the AFC. His Total EPA is 5th.
          4. I would like to read what you think “it” is that wins playoff games.
          There are fans who know nothing about the game but post anyway, and there are fans who understand a ball control game strategy, the WCO, and and post coherent comments backed up with facts.

  • micah stephenson

    I’m refuse to give Alex much credit for the 7-0 srart. I literally think most the starting 32 QBs in the NFL can do what Alex is doing on this team. Matter fact why does it seem like every week the other teams QB has more passing yards than Alex and that’s against our defense?

    • Stan

      Hey are any of these QB’s 7 and 0 and have been 26-5-1 since 2011. I don’t think so. Bottom line is winning. That’s the only stat that matters.

      • XianDave

        Stan – consider the source. Micah provided no back-up to his post. Remember the Chiefs are ranked:
        - 12th in points per Game
        - 6th in time of possession
        - 2nd in Points For/Against Ratio
        - 1st in yards against the #1 ranked defense in the NFL (Houston)
        I posted this earlier, and I’ll continue until some of these posters get it.

        • Stan

          And you know why time of possession is so good. It keeps our defense off the field and they get plenty of rest. That’s why our “D” is better than last year.

      • Davé

        Yea says the 8-0 2003 Chiefs……………..

  • Nicholas Michael Barnes

    Great article thanks for telling it like it is.

  • Pessimisticchiefsfan

    We all can be thrilled with how our team is doing now but to me it’s pretty obvious the cheifs are an above average team who won’t be able to get over the hump of beating truly good teams and winning Super Bowls. I hope I am wrong but do we truly believe an offense with this little potential and firepower can compete for a championship?

    • kcpauly

      YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!BELIEVE!!!!!!!!!!!!
      Go Chiefs!!!!!!!!!

    • jacati

      I’m sorry. Did we go to the Super Bowl and lose? Did i miss something here

  • Scott C.

    The “we’re 7-0″ argument is utterly ridiculous if you’re talking about the talent of the quarterback. You don’t say that Mike DeVito is the best possible 3-4 DE on his side in the league because we’re 7-0. He does play a large part in the turnaround because he doesn’t turn the ball over. What most “haters” realize is that the guy just can’t throw the ball very well.

    You can’t get mad at an apple for not being an orange, but you can get mad someone gave you and apple and told you it was an orange. John Dorsey said “”I believe he can be a top-10 quarterback”, which is utterly ludicrous. I applaud him for his athleticism, toughness, and leadership, but not his arm.

    • XianDave

      Post grade: incomplete. No back up at all. C’mon, what is you opinion based on?
      Do you homework please. Chiefs are ranked:
      - 12th in points per Game
      - 6th in time of possession
      - 2nd in Points For/Against Ratio
      - 1st in yards against the #1 ranked defense in the NFL (Houston)

      Just a cursory review of stats would reveal that Chiefs play a ball-control game.

      • Scott C.

        I see nothing relevant in your post. It doesn’t even have anything to do with what I said, did you even read it? TOP isn’t a passing stat, in fact it’s probably the exact opposite. Against Houston Smith threw for less yards on 9 more attempts than Case Keenum. Points for/points against doesn’t mean anything as a stand-alone stat, in this case it points to the fact that our defense is lights-out.

        Smith is 22nd in the league in quarterback rating, 26th in completion percentage, 20th in yards, and bottom of the barrel in Y/A. Enough backup? He’s a good leader, more athletic than he gets credit for, but he can’t throw the ball down field or anywhere very accurately. He’s essentially Matt Cassel without the turnovers.

        • 7yahweh7

          Can’t throw the ball down field? So those TWO passes that went 40 yards IN THE AIR to Avery was Matt Cassel hiding behind smith?

          You’re a fkn dumb a$$. Move along, peasant.

          • Scott C.

            Wow, you’re intelligent.

            Both of those passes were underthrow by 5+ yards easily. I guess the fact that he is near the bottom in Y/A (22nd, although that is behind a few non-starters) and deep ball completion doesn’t matter. He is also 31st in the league in longest completion.

            A 40 yard pass in the NFL is nothing. That’s lower than the MINIMUM an NFL QB should be able to throw. Look, I don’t like being forced to attack the guy, but these are the facts.

      • Scott C.

        In fact, you keep posting this like it will convince anyone even though it’s completely irrelevant to every post you put it on. You seem to just be spewing numbers but don’t know enough about football to understand what they mean.

        • Davé

          wrong numbers at that

      • Stan

        Great job Xian Dave. But the haters don’t want to hear that or even understand that. Keep it coming.

  • ArrowFan

    Dumbver has had the easiest schedule in the NFL. Also it is not our fault that the NFC East is crap this year.

  • XianDave

    To all the Haters and/or those who post with nothing to back it up:

    Can you guess where Smith’s QBR rating is ranked among starting NFL starters? 6th.
    Can you guess his ranking by total EPA? (it ranks how “clutch he is) 5th.

    So please, if you’re going to post something, back it up. Take 30 seconds and look up a stat.

    End of rant…

    • Scott C.

      He’s 16th in QBR. He’s 22nd in quarterback rating (the old-school way). He’s 18th in EPA

    • Davé

      Umm…………………………………

  • Jason Seibel

    Ok haters and non-Kool Aid drinkers pay attention, because this one is free. But I’ll break it down like it was one of my award-winning pieces. You ready?

    #1 Comment on AA in regards to Alex Smith is he hasn’t “won a game for the Chiefs.”

    Against the Dallas Cowboys, the Chiefs were winning 17-16 with 3:50 left. The Chiefs got the ball and Smith engineered a 3:34 drive that effectively “iced” the win for the Chiefs by keeping the ball out of Romo’s hands.

    Four days later, Smith engineered back to back scoring drives in the 4th quarter, keeping the game a two possession lead, and not allowing the Eagles to ruin Andy Reid’s homecoming.

    Against the Titans, Smith led a 4th quarter, come from behind touchdown drive, going 5/7 and giving the Chiefs the lead in the game they wouldn’t relinquish for the rest of the game.

    Against the Texans, Smith ran in the touchdown that was the difference between winning and losing.

    I think I’ve proved my point that in the 4 of the 7 wins Smith has “won” the game for the Chiefs. The other 3 were blow outs, so they didn’t require any heroics.

    As for the other comment I hear on here all the time, Smith isn’t elite.

    Tony Romo is elite. He throws for 500 yards and 5 TDs in a game. But…he throws a pick that loses the game in the last two minutes. I’ll take Smith who takes care of the ball.

    Eli Manning is elite. He’s clutch. Except he’s thrown more interceptions than TDs this year and his team has only won one game. He looks a lot more like Matt Cassel than a guy that shares DNA with Peyton.

    Tom Brady is elite. Oh wait…not this year. His numbers are worse than Smith’s.

    I’ll take Alex over those three any day. Should I keep going?

    You want to argue facts and stats? Smith hasn’t lost a game in over a year that he’s started as the QB. Not a single other QB can say that. Let’s not forget that he’s done that with a team who was 2-14 last year.

    I don’t want to hear “strength of schedule” one more freaking time, because based on last year, every damn team should be better than the Chiefs.

    Is Smith the QBOF for the Chiefs? Let’s see what happens this year. Is he Peyton? No, but Peyton doesn’t play the WCO. Give the guy his due. He’s the leader of this team, which is why anyone with half a brain says “he’s led the Chiefs to a 7-0 start.” He’s the guy who gets it done. Andy Reid has said that he doesn’t just lead the offense, he leads the defense too. The whole team looks to him for his leadership. The whole team.

    This squad is playing lights out, complimentary football. Is the D further along than the O. Absolutely, but we’ve known that since the team was camping in St. Joe. It’s just how it’s put together. It’s how it’s always been put together, it just wasn’t used the right way.

    But the defense isn’t scoring enough points to win games itself. The O is doing its part.

    And that all starts with Alex Smith.

    • kcpauly

      No kidding, see my post above about this being a team, and AS11 is sure as hell a BIG part of this team, but Jason, some people will never be happy, I am not one of them like the stupid McD’s commercials say “I’m Lovin’ it” I have been a fan for tooooo loooong not to be lovin’ it, and Thanks for the AS11 support apperantely we need all we can get as a lot of the “fans” on here are spewing the hate at our 7-0 QB, and yes he is our 7-0 QB whether you like it or whether you don’t…That’s the way we like it.
      Go Chiefs!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • jacati

      Ahhhh, A breath of fresh air in the midst of ” I love our team BUT. Nice bit there Jason. was getting a bit smelly in here from all the #$^@#

    • Stan

      Yeah I forgot the defense and special team scored all of our points.. The offense didn’t score any, you’re right (LOL)

  • JayRa

    First of all…I am a life long niner fan. I happen to to believe there is more to a QB than running ability and arm strength. Ironically Smith has both…he just chooses not to rely on that part of his game. In his first few seasons as a niner we saw young raw QB take lots of chances with virtually no success. But the raw talent was there. When he finally got a team around him..he took less chances…relied on his skilled teammates. He was really good the last 2 years… taking what was given and working ball control and field position. With a great defense it’s a perfect combo.
    I would argue something altogether different. What Smith did the last 2 years as a niner and what he is doing this year is actually harder than trying to win games with arm strength and athletic ability alone. He seems to be a leader, someone who inspires those around him to be their best. He’s like a coach on the field. Your lucky to have him. You have a real chance to win the super bowl. Smith is good enough to do it. He’s not the best QB in the league….but he’s good enough to lead your Chiefs to the super bowl.

    • Battlespeed

      Voice of reason in a sea of insanity.

  • Davé

    When the mediocre play of Alex Smith wins a playoff game I will back off. Until then I will continue to worry about out all the points left out there because of inaccurate throws beyond five yards. I think it comes down to this: you are either content with being a winning team or you are focused on winning a Super Bowl. If you are in the latter category you stress about your QB being capable of winning playoff games.

  • Battlespeed

    I think everyone should remember how Smith has performed with a capable O-line. Until we have that critical element in place in Kansas City – and we certainly don’t have it now – I’ll continue to say that Alex Smith is doing exactly what he has to do, and doing it pretty damn well in my opinion. Any other QB, we’re probably no better than 3-4 right now. (If you doubt my statement about the O-line, see if you can figure out why they changed JC’s role.)

  • fro661

    Football is unpredictable, players are not. A team that has to scrap and fight to win every game but yet are undefeated is a team to be feared. If the best team, as judged by some, doesn’t win the game, maybe, just maybe, the Smartest team won the game. Elite quarterbacks cover up weaknesses in the other parts of the team.
    A complete team doesn’t have to cover up anything, everybody just does their job.

  • fro661

    If the best passer in the league was always the best quarterback in the league, Bart Starr would have won no SB. Alex Smith at this time is the best field general in the league and that is determined by the Record. To prove different, all someone has to do, is beat him. It All about wins and losses, the rest is froth.

  • Chief-a-nator

    Tim Rattay
    Davis
    The ‘Journeyman’ JT Osuckivan
    Shaun Hill
    Troy Smith
    ALL were proclaimed better starters and QB’s ahead of Smith. Where the HELL are they now? And Colin Kap hasnt put up the numbers every ‘expert’ predicted.
    also, didnt all these ‘experts’ predict an 8-8 record would be the best that KC would produce?
    Smith wins games.

  • Stan Colbert

    For me the facts are these: 1.) Every thing I have seen the team raves about his leadership, and development of players around him. 2.) He hasn’t lost a game wearing an arrowhead. 3.) I can’t think of another qb on the planet that could do better than that!

  • Raymond Monraz

    Dude is the Rodney Dangerfield of Quarter Backs, no respect! The great thing that Alex Smith does is focus on winning. He does not care about personal stats, just one, the win column, and that is what is all about.

  • Roger Mihalko

    I scratch my head….how this team is 7-0 and still has so much room to get better, it really is astounding if you look at it. The Defense can defiantly get better (against the run and big plays), im not sure how but special teams has been lights out, crazy good, but returns, try limit bad punts, keep up the ball control.

    Offense has the most potential..

    current ranks

    PTS

    24.1
    (14th)

    YDS

    330.7
    (19th)

    PASS YDS

    210.7
    (26th)

    RUSH YDS

    120.0
    (12th)

    ..the Offensive line hasn’t been there all 7 games, and it really starts there. Dinged up, struggling rookie on the right side, giving up sacks, alex has been running. Alex smith hasn’t exactly been himself, but he is scrapping and getting it done when it counts most the time, extending plays, first downs, rushing, etc.
    The receiving corps(wide-outs, TE, RB’s) all have to get better and execute. JC is carrying the load, and doing a great job. He needs help and just imagine how much better we can be on Offense???

    Stop whatever nonsense they were trying with Nile davis and Cyrus grey. Just put them in and utilize the talents they have. Davis is downhill runner…. Grey is 50/50 like JC…and can catch pass’s….get these men involved,

    Reid will continue doing what he is doing with McCLuster, I wish he would back off him a little and just keep him in the slot WR Mix with Avery.

    You have to get Hemmingway and Jenkins in the mix here, these are solid targets that can get it done.

    We have 4 TE and these guys are BIG..Im not sure of Kelce’s injury status, But McGrath, Brock, and Fasano in there can cause some havoc, really need to get them all involved just not Fasano.

    O-Line… work them hard as a unit and try to shore up the issues and get Alex on more second in the pocket.

    Grey, Davis, Hemingway, Jenkins, Kelce, McGrath, Fasano, Brock……8 other targets to work with to add to

    JC, Bowe, McCluster… to make a total of 11.