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Quarterbacks Coach Matt Nagy on Alex Smith: "He's tough now."

Nov 3, 2013; Orchard Park, NY, USA; Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith (11) points to Buffalo Bills defensive tackle Marcell Dareus (99) during the second half at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Chiefs beat the Bills 23-13. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports

Quarterbacks coach Matt Nagy was asked about Alex Smith staying healthy despite some of the huge hits he’s taken.

“He’s taken some big hits. Alex (Smith) is tough, now. That’s a big time trait to have, to be a tough quarterback. Also, there’s a difference between being hurt and being injured, and he hasn’t been injured so far. He knows how to protect himself when he’s out of the pocket, which has been several times this year. He uses his feet. He knows when to get down, or up, or out of bounds and that sort of thing. As long as he continues to do that, we’ll be alright.”

This is a topic on a lot of Chiefs fans minds as Smith has only played a full 16 game season twice in his career. Every time Smith leaves the topic, Chiefs fans everywhere hold their breath until he pops up after the play. According to Nagy, he knows what he’s doing. Let’s hope.

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  • Jim Harper

    I believe it is his toughness and his intellect that sets him above other QB’s that may have more natural talent, and both of those factors are what makes his leadership skills so acute. In my opinion he is the strongest leader this team has had since Montana.