At Last, Alex Smith Has Arrived


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I make no secret of the fact that I’ve often been displeased with Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith in 2013. I’ve criticized him for errant throws, for failing to make decisions quickly in key situations, and for sometimes being overly averse to throwing the football down the field. In this very column, I’ve made him largely responsible for the Chiefs’ early offensive woes. While I won’t apologize for every well-reasoned criticism of Smith, I am prepared to expend the same amount of energy trying to convince you that he’s no longer part of Kansas City’s problem.

Since Kansas City returned from their Week 10 bye, Alex Smith has been a completely different quarterback. He threw just nine touchdowns through the first nine games of the regular season. Over the past four, he’s thrown another nine touchdowns. In fact, he has a passer rating of 94 since Week 11. He’s also has a completion rate of 60% over that stretch.

Less apparent and perhaps to much less fanfare, he’s also been more inclined to stand tall in the pocket. During Kansas City’s nine-game winning streak, he scrambled at least three times per game. Against the Chargers and Redskins, he only left the pocket twice. Smith has made a conscious decision to become a bigger part of this offense. Perhaps he’s tired of being called a “game manager”? Maybe he’s finally settled into the groove and feels comfortable with his supporting cast? It could also be the realization that the stakes are higher now.

Whatever Smith’s reasons are for raising his level of play, it’s clear that he has. I’m not sure if you’ve noticed, but he hasn’t been sacked in three weeks. Weeks 13 and 14 are the first two of the season where Smith hasn’t been dumped. I should put that into perspective. You have to go all the way back to Week 5 of the 2012 season to find the last game where Smith attempted more than one pass and was not sacked.

Make no mistake, improved play along the offensive line has helped, but I think we’re seeing a more decisive and comfortable quarterback on the field. Alex Smith has also stood firmly in the pocket, in the face of pressure, and delivered the ball accurately. Add those two things to fewer poor throws and the shots Smith has taken down the field, and I think it’s a new day for the Chiefs’ eight-year veteran.

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If Smith can continue to play this way into the postseason, I think it could be time to consider extending his contract. He’s peaking at just the right time and it could help this football team make noise in January. There’s good reason to have confidence in a quarterback who plays this style of football. Winning in the NFL playoffs requires a quarterback with a steady hand that won’t turn the football over and cost you a game. Smith has only played two career postseason games, but he didn’t throw an interception in either contest.

Over the past three weeks, the Chiefs have scored 12 offensive touchdowns. Alex Smith is directly responsible for more than half of them (7). It’s no coincidence that the Chiefs have averaged 32 points per game since returning from the bye week. If the trend of Smith’s increased productivity continues, Kansas City will have a real shot at keeping pace with the Colts and Chargers and maybe running table. I think it’s a bit too late for them to re-position themselves as the AFC’s #1 seed, but there are major benefits to entering the postseason tournament with a hot hand.

I’ll be watching Smith closely for the rest of the season. The Chiefs can’t afford to take a step back this week in Oakland. The lowly Raiders are 23rd in the league in pass defense and are a middling defense in terms of getting to the quarterback (they have 32 sacks on the season). I’m interested to see if Smith can take advantage of them on Sunday afternoon. Dwayne Bowe is coming off of a season-high 69-yard receiving day last week. It will be important to keep him dialed in and to maintain the momentum he and Smith have built throughout the year.

What say you, Addicts? Are you happy with the recent brand of football that Alex Smith’s been playing? Is it crazy that I’m beginning to think a contract extension might be in order for him? Use the comment section below to weigh in on the topic. As always, we appreciate your readership and support.

Until next time, Addicts!

 

 

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  • Chris Tarrants

    Pump the brakes on the contract talk for a few months. I like what smith is doing right now, but lets see what he does going forward. I would like to keep him if he keeps this kinda play going but I fear the Cassel effect. Is this just a flash in the pan which could lead to a big contract and then subpar play for the next three years? I don’t think that Dorsey would dig his heels in with Smith like Pioli did with Cassel but I don’t want to find out the hard way! Hopefully Smith leads us to at least the AFC championship game if not the big show and then all fears would be squashed. I’m just sick of being mediocre and I want to see my chiefs actually become relevant instead of just being another corn hole team from the Midwest that nobody wants to cover on any sports show

    • Stacy D. Smith

      That’s what I suggested though. Waiting to see how he plays from here through the playoffs. If this brand of football continues, I’d definitely “consider” extending his contract. No doubt in my mind.
      Smith is nothing like Cassel. I’ve never had concerns that he’s Cassel’s 2010 performance. Smith’s gotten better year after year for quite some time now. He may not be “the guy”, but he’s definitely not Matt Cassel.

      • Chris Tarrants

        I agree with you but I just don’t want to find out the hard way that we’re both wrong. Smith could be the guy, he could very well be the 2013 version of joe Flacco and lead this team to the promise land. If that were to happen hell I say give him a huge contract but until that happens I will still carry my “once bitten twice shy” mentality over the chiefs personnel decisions.

        • Stacy D. Smith

          IF he continues to play well, what would your reservations be?

          • Chris Tarrants

            I wouldn’t have any reservations if his play continues or even gets better, I just have a fear of contract extensions after one year. I’m not saying anything against him, he is coming into late 20′s early 30′s which is the qb golden years. I hope he does great and leads this team for years to come but deep inside I will also have that funny fealing about him slumping, or getting injured. After watching Schaub this year and Rivers last year, who knows why but sometimes the wheels just seem to fall off with no real reason

          • Stacy D. Smith

            Sometimes you just can’t see it coming. Who expected Bowe to disappear? I’ve always preferred that we extend players sooner rather than later to keep the contract expectations low. I’m not advocating an extension as much as I’m saying it should become a conversation if his performances stay strong the rest of the way.

          • micah stephenson

            Bowe disappear? They talked about the lack of production by the wrs on the radio, and I’m like Alex Smith is our QB, the wrs ain’t gon have a ton of yards.

          • Auburn78

            Na. Just a lot of drops right. How many more yards would they have if the majority of those had been catches.

          • micah stephenson

            Not that many more yards. They ain’t dropped that many passes. They dropped some. All wrs do. Its just that you can’t afford to drop one single pass at all ever if Alex is yo QB.

          • Auburn78

            Wow. I knew you were a bit off the deep end. ..Chiefs Hebe been dropping passes like crazy lately

          • micah stephenson

            Last time I checked, our wrs were catching 93% of the passes thrown to them. Hardly an excuse for the lack luster QB play.

          • Harm Williams

            That is top 5 in the league bad. That stat doesnt even count contested drops. Our WR are piss poor

          • micah stephenson

            They was just saying how stacked we was at wr, but you can’t expect a lot of yards from yo wrs when Alex is yo QB.

          • Battlespeed

            Pay attention, Micah. The drops (e.g. by Avery, for instance) have garnered press attention.

          • Danny W

            Dude your comments keep cracking me up tonight.

          • PunjabiPete

            If the ball hits you in the hands, it’s YOUR job to catch it. If it hits you in the chest, it’s YOUR job to catch it. Getting the ball to your general vicinity is the QBs job. Once it’s there… it’s no longer his pass, it’s your reception.

        • Battlespeed

          Ummmm….Don’t look now, but I think we have different people making the personnel decisions. Or am I going to wake up from this dream and find that idiot Pioli back at the same old stand?

      • Norman Gunn

        Aside from Flacco’s cannon for an arm I will take Smith over him (Love Smith’s mobility and patience to not force throws). That is pretty much saying I believe with this team we could make a push for a Super Bowl. Next year and even this year we have the best chance I’ve seen us have in a decade. I would completely agree with an extension.

    • berttheclock

      Funny thing about that national coverage is their ridiculous collective remarks have freed up my time as I no longer watch “NFL Live” and, rarely, watch the “NFL Network”. I believe I will stay with my own eyes over anything they wish to say.

    • micah stephenson

      Dude has a 137 yards passing last game and they talk of extending his contract. The standard at QB is really low around here.

      • berttheclock

        Yes, the standard should be at least 200 plus yards, such as the 391 by Jason Campbell, Matt Cassell for 265 yards, Andrew Luck for 326 yards, Drew Brees for 230 yards. They all lost last week. Tom Brady threw for 323 yards and the Pats only won because the Browns did not understand how to set up correctly for an onside kick. Did you happen to notice he did not throw a pick? Did you happen to notice his leadership on drives? Evaluating his importance comes down to more than cherry picking stats.

        • micah stephenson

          I thought brady had 400 yards sunday. And did you see Bradys comeback against the broncos? The teams that make it to the superbowl are the teams with the super good QBs. Our QB is just ok. No matter how you twist, turn it whatever, he just ok and that’s not good enough.

          • PunjabiPete

            Trent Dilfer? Jim McMahon? Mark Rypien? Brad Johnson? Eli Manning? Rich Gannon? Jake Delhomme? Rex Grossman? I beg to differ.

        • micah stephenson

          In my corny nerdy guy voice) oh he has good leadership skills! Is that like saying yea my girl is fat and ugly but she has a brillant personality?

          • Calchiefsfan

            and can cook!

        • Stacy D. Smith

          THREAD!

        • micah stephenson

          Your stats mean nothing. We all know Luck, Breeze, Brady, are better than Alex. Campbell and Cassel are not.

          • Battlespeed

            Dump the “we all know” stuff, brother. You don’t speak for me!

          • micah stephenson

            Ok we all (except Battlespeed)know Luck, Breeze, Brady, are better than Alex.

          • Jason Seibel

            Luck is not better than Smith.

          • Danny W

            You know that’s inaccurate Sir.

          • Davé

            No problems with Smith here but to say Luck isn’t better is to not really know much about Luck.

          • Danny W

            So Luck Breeze and Brady aren’t better? Then no one is….

          • Davé

            yea he should have said all of us people with an average or above average IQ….

          • PunjabiPete

            This past weekend none of those guys were better, because none of them beat the opposing team by 35. I can use silly arguments too dude.

        • Stan

          You can’t argue with an Air Head like Michah.

          • micah stephenson

            I know you think you tuff cus you on the internet and I can’t get to you, but u better watch yo mouth. I’m an OG out here in these streets. I will fuck you up, even if it meant jail time.

      • Davé

        Dude if you are implying that Smith did anything other than throw a great game against the Skins you are reaching for the sole purpose of creating an argument. Not much need or opportunity to throw gaudy numbers when your special teams scores 14, DJ gets an interception returned to the red zone, McCluster gives you field position past the 50 an entire half, and Jamaal goes off for 151 on 19 carries.

      • PunjabiPete

        How do you throw more than 137 yards when that’s all you needed to get 2 TDs? Would you be on Predominantly Orange calling Manning a craptastic QB if he had 50 yards passing and 2 TDs because the only times he got the ball was on the opposing lines 25? Your argument makes no sense. Alex Smith went out and scored when he got an opportunity. Most of the game was spent on the sidelines laughing as DmC and Quentin Demps ran roughshod over the Redskins, or the D was busy molesting their offense. He was barely out on the field. How many yards does he need to throw? The answer: Enough to get a W. He did that, that’s a good game in my book.

        • micah stephenson

          My point is don’t get to excited over Smith. He didn’t have to do much. Which is good.

          • PunjabiPete

            I don’t think, honestly, I’m excited ENOUGH about Smith. I just checked and my pants are still unshat in. 2nd round or AFC championship this year. Watch. And next year, even better. I will label Smith a loser if we can’t hit the SB within the next 3 years. I think we can do it though. We have the main cogs in place: Charles, D, Smith, Bowe/ Avery. Get a TE that can stay alive for more than 2 games at a time, we win

    • NicholasAlanClayton

      The thing is, the more successful the Chiefs are the more expensive he becomes. Right now, if I’m not mistaken, his yearly salary figure is pretty low. If we can extend him now at that rate it’s no big deal even if he ends up flaming out and being replaced by a young gun a few years down the road. That can probably be done because he seems to be a very modest, team-first guy and he’s already made his bones having been the 1st overall pick way back when. By contrast, the Ravens didn’t manage to lock up Flacco before their Super Bowl victory and ended up having to pay a good, but not elite QB $120 million.

      • NicholasAlanClayton

        Just found it. According to this, he’s making $8.5 million this year and $9 million next year. If we can tack on at least another couple of years at that price, he’s a steal. http://www.sportscity.com/nfl/salaries/kansas-city-chiefs-salaries/

        • NicholasAlanClayton

          Speaking of which. Justin Houston is making less than $900k this year and next. EXTEND THAT MAN NOW! We might even get an injury discount.

          • micah stephenson

            Hell yea!

          • Stacy D. Smith

            Yep! DJ got an early extension.

          • Danny W

            Here here.

        • Stacy D. Smith

          That’s one of a precious few things I loved about Pioli. He got guys extended early and saved the team money!

      • micah stephenson

        He is making 8 mill a season. He will b 30 yrs old and prolly want a long term deal making 15-20 million a yr. I’m not down with that

  • berttheclock

    Anyone ever notice how his best years in SF coincided with a much improved offensive line and his having had a couple of years to work and practice with his receivers? Just arriving at camp and training with brand new receivers and trying to throw behind a make shift offensive line to begin the season is not quite the same. Lots of adjustments here and there, but, there is, now, a sense he has become comfortable working with his receivers. It, also, helps to see his receivers, finally, adjusting their hands and eyes to his throws.

    One other point is the West Coast is not a bombs away offensive scheme. Many of the Niners’ receivers have made a living on yards after the catch. One does not have to be a Lamonica to get the job done. One other point about the fine work of Alex Smith is he has given the defense more time to rest. Remember those very short rests of yore when, MC or BQ would throw a quick interception or fumble the ball and the defense would have to suck it up and return to defend in the Red Zone?

    • Stacy D. Smith

      Can’t gloss over the offensive line play. It’s gotten better with Fisher’s improvements and both Schwartz and Stephenson in the lineup.

      • berttheclock

        All three have improved. One of my biggest gripes was Pioli taking Stephenson over Wilson. No, I did not expect him to become a starter, but, after watching him in clutch time at Wisconsin, I thought he would be a far better backup. Now, I have realized the danger KC faced in drafting Wilson. What if he had stepped in last season, help win some games and Pioli would have been spared? Best thing happening to the Chiefs was the firing of Pioli and the hiring of Dorsey. So, I have become comfortable with Stephenson and am happy to see his improvement.

        • Stacy D. Smith

          That team might not be 2-14 with Wilson at the helm though. Wouldn’t have been a need to fire Pioli.

          • Auburn78

            Oh No! Pioli had to GO. I’m with Bert on this one.

          • Stacy D. Smith

            The way things played out, you’re right. Had he drafted Wilson, this could be an entirely different conversation.

        • micah stephenson

          I wanted Nick Foyles in the 2nd rd that draft.

          • DTVTechGuy

            You also screamed to the heavens for Geno Smith

          • chiefridgy

            I’m glad we got the right Smith.

          • micah stephenson

            To early to judge the other Smith.

          • chiefridgy

            I agree with that. I think as far as where the Chiefs were and what we needed right now, A.S. was the right choice for us at the time.

          • micah stephenson

            Yea we didn’t get him so I’m screaming for a QB next yr, and the yr after that and so on untill we get one. Its beem 30 yrs sinse we drafted a QB.

          • PunjabiPete

            And how did that work out for us?

        • Davé

          Man I wanted Wilson the moment I heard that kid give a radio interview on Sirius XM. His play was outstanding at Wisconsin too. How Pioli passed over him thinking he had the QB position figured out with that fucking joke of a QB Cassel was beyond me.

  • berttheclock

    Quick shout out to both Andy Heck and Eugene Chung, the head and assistant offensive line coaches, as well as to the great conditioning staff for working so hard and so well with the offensive line.

  • Jason Seibel

    To address your concerns, I don’t believe that Smith is the 2010 Cassel or the 2012 Flacco. Cassel was a fluke, as we all saw the next season and Flacco benefited from play makers on both sides of the ball. While I’m sure the 2014 Chiefs will look deciedly different than this version that we’re seeing now, I don’t think that it will look that different. Smith will still have his running back, #1 WR and most of the same defense. This was not something that Flacco had coming into his post Superbowl season.
    Where as Reach has been an AS doubter most of the season, I called for his trade before the SF Superbowl lost last season and have been one of his biggest supporters. However, I think the team should let him play out his contract (next season) and then re-sign him towards the end of next year.

  • C_Okoye35

    New offense, new coach, new quarterback, new receiver(Donnie Avery), new TE. Even with all this transition they held it together enough on offense to stay in games until everyone was on the same page. Chemistry doesn’t happen overnight and I think that’s what we’re starting to see now. I applaud Alex Smith for a tremendous season, not just the past few weeks. He has been the glue that kept this team from unraveling during the winning streak. In many of those games, we were 1 mistake away from a loss. It may not have been pretty but he did whatever it took to get the win. Now that the team is familiar with eachother and the offense has had time to gel, we’re starting to see the true potential of what Alex and this offense can be. He’s a perfect fit for Andy’s scheme. I’m on board for an extension. Time to build around this guy.

    • Stacy D. Smith

      I think the defense was the glue before the break.

      • Battlespeed

        Smith’s positive, steady impact throughout the organization – offense, defense and special teams – has been very well documented.

    • Battlespeed

      You nailed it.

    • NicholasAlanClayton

      I also think the coaching staff was smart early in the season to go with what was working and not push what wasn’t. The Defense is taking over games? Let them. We’ll score the points that we need to win and move on to our next business trip. After the bye, obviously the team then faced tougher competition, injuries and teams that had enough tape on the Chiefs D to attack a few weaknesses (namely Marcus Cooper, although you gotta love the way he came back against Washington). I agree with the Nigerian Nightmare that we’re finally seeing the full fury of the Kansas City Chiefs because they have had to open it up on all barrels to keep pace. Here’s what we know — we can keep pace with the best teams in the league, and we can destroy the worst. I don’t think anyone wants to face us in the playoffs.

      • Stacy D. Smith

        I hate the idea of us waiting until mid-season to try and fire on all cylinders, but I’m glad the offense has come back around. If the pass rush is truly back, this will be a team capable of winning on the road in January.

        • Battlespeed

          Nobody “waited” for anything, Stacy – and in fact, I didn’t expect it to happen this soon. 9-7 would have been a very reasonable goal for the Chiefs this year. This process of a team coming together – especially on offense with new coaches, new playbook, new QB and a young line – is one that just takes its own time to develop and no one can rush it, or “wait” on it, for that matter. It literally has a life of its own.

          You would be well served to read up on the subject of organizational change. It might give you a fresh perspective on the nature of the beast.

          • Stacy D. Smith

            You’d be well served to stop pretending your ideas are superior. It doesn’t advance the discussion and it doesn’t make you any smarter or more correct in your assessment of this organization. We have two different perspectives. We can argue the merit of our positions and leave it at that. All of this stuff about me sticking to Hip Hop or lacking understanding about organization change is flat silly and fails to meet a standard of how grown men behave. The Internet requires the same amount of mutual respect as everyplace else. We ought to be able to dialogue as adults sans the ad-hominem fallacies. Please and thank you.

          • Danny W

            Your arrogant Sir and I find your post’s distasteful…Stacy obviously can articulate a point with validity and clarity. Does his comments hurt your feelings or are you just rude to everyone on the internet?

          • Davé

            Na they are just a racist. Pretty easy to peruse through the comments and figure that one out.

          • Davé

            Get off his junk for a minute? If you don’t think there was an obvious change in the way the play calling went you are an idiot. If something doesn’t happen for a long time and you are looking forward to that happening and then it happens did you not “wait” for it? Are you trolling for any particular reason?

      • Tristian

        Totally agree and this team is in the first year of new everything from offense to defense. And this team is so young as well. Nicholis ur right nobody wants to see KC in the playoffs.

    • KCMikeG

      Don’t forget the injuries and musical chairs on the OL. He is definitely peaking and as I suspected Reid held some cards up his sleeve that are just starting to be played opening up the offense. I still believe there will be some plays called in the playoffs that we have yet to see. Reid knew what he wanted in a QB and AS11 is a perfect fit for his system.

    • Tristian

      Love the comment and completely agree as a niner fan. I actually got sunday ticket this year for the Chiefs not the niners because i knew Kap would struggle like he has which will lead to a one and done in the postseason. I wasnt sold on him last year even a little bit. Ive watched every game and completly agree that Alex Smith may not be the best player on a championship team but he will be a major reason you win. Alex is my favorite player in the NFL and im so proud of him after what he went thorugh in San Fran having his job taken away by harbaugh. I cant wait for him to prove the critics wrong and i fully expect the chiefs to get at least to the AFC championship game this year.

  • Jason Seibel

    And cue Micah’s irrational response as to why Alex Smith is not a good quarterback in 3…2…1…

    • Stacy D. Smith

      Hahahaha.

      • micah stephenson

        This is not funny! Lol.

        • guest

          Ha!

        • PunjabiPete

          Love it LOL

          Alex Smith is a slightly above average quarterback, and I think he will get us a decent run in the playoffs this year and to the SB within the next 3 if he keeps improving at this rate. Count on it.

          • micah stephenson

            Yea right!!!

          • PunjabiPete

            If we get to the AFC Championship this year, you have to either change your profile picture to Alex Smith, or write a positive post on him and how awesome he is.

          • micah stephenson

            If we do that I will buy a A.Smith Jersey, wear it in my profile pic and Change my name to ALEX SMITH is the BEST EVER! Lol.

          • PunjabiPete

            Let me know where I need to chip in, those jerseys are a hot commodity!

    • micah stephenson

      You already know! I can say is WTFFFFFFFFFFFFFFF! LOL

  • Chante Durham

    very good article and I could not agree more!

    • Stacy D. Smith

      Thank you!

  • micah stephenson

    Is somebody trying to b funny? Ok it must b Decembers fools day! Ok cmon yall. Ha ha ha verry funny. Yall know I’m over hear having a heart attack. I don’t know where to begin but for now im in a state of shock. This is like a surreal feeling. (In my Arnold Willis voice) What you talkin bout Mr Smith?

    • Stacy D. Smith

      This doesn’t qualify as an argument. Where are YOUR numbers that suggest he hasn’t been playing well?

      • micah stephenson

        Well when the defense holds a team to 17 we win, when the D does not we lose. We can’t win a game with Smiths passing on a normal basis. Yea every dog has his day an occasionally he will have a good game or two. Alex is an avg game manager till we can upgrade the spot.

        • Stan

          Hey dummy, go back and review Alex’s performance from 2011 until now and match them up with any other QB.

          • micah stephenson

            Pussy you better watch yo mouth bitch!

      • micah stephenson

        He had 137 yards passing. He didn’t have to do too much this game which is good cus you don’t want to ask him to do too much.

        • Stacy D. Smith

          You’re right. Gloss over the 70% completion rate, 2 TD’s, and 0 picks. He just didn’t have many yards. Oy.

        • PunjabiPete

          He only had 137 yards worth of field to cover to get 2 TDs, and he did it. Not sure what in that makes him turrble (Shaq voice)

  • micah stephenson

    I never have dreams when I sleep. Last night I had a scary dream now this! I better stay in the house today or it cud turn into one of those days you wish you never left home. Lol. :-)

    • Stan

      You never have dreams because you need a brain to dream.

      • micah stephenson

        I’d smack the shit out of you!

      • micah stephenson

        Pussy who the fuck do you think you are? You better watch yo mouth!

  • micah stephenson

    You know how in the home alone movies the kid slaps both hands on his face a scream aaaaahhhhhhhhhh!!!!! Yea that’s how feel right now! Lol

  • micah stephenson

    (looking at the heavens) Why me? What did I do? Lol

  • micah stephenson

    Why are they so complacent in this town when it comes to the QB position? They want a Playmaker at position except QB. Wierd.

    • Danny W

      Alex Smith is no pro bowler but he is improving. I know you at least see that. As a Chiefs fan that has to make you a little excited. Do I still want them to draft a kid high? Oh hell yeah.

      • Davé

        Matt shit face retard idiot Cassel went to the Pro Bowl.

        • Danny W

          I think you and I both know that when he went it was a facade as well. Smith has played better than Cassel has of late though even in 2009

          • Jason Seibel

            I think the point Dave was making was the Pro Bowl is not an accurate judge of eliteness. It’s a popularity contest. If you said Matt Cassel was on NFL Networks 100 Greatest Players of 2010 it would lend more credibility.

          • Danny W

            Okay I can get behind that statement. But bad players don’t make the pro bowl often. In fact I would say regularly. Matt Cassel was a reserve that year and played for Tom Brady I do believe.

          • Davé

            What I was keying in on was that Matt went to the pro bowler despite being a complete sham. Maybe you should say Alex isn’t an all pro but…

          • micah stephenson

            Matt Cassel had 27 tds and 7 ints that yr. Not bad.

      • micah stephenson

        Improving, well it wud b hard for him to play worse.

  • micah stephenson

    You have to build yo team to beat the teams in the afc west first. To beat Manning and Rivers the offense needs to b able to put up 30-40 pts plus. Alex aint that type of dude. If all the stars and planets align right he might have decent numbers for a game. He a cool temporary QB till we can draft one but a long term deal? heck knaw.

    • DTVTechGuy

      Guess 300+ from a loser would make you happy. I”ll take 200+ from a winner.

      How were Geno’s numbers this weekend?

      • micah stephenson

        I just want a QB that can get us to and win a superbowl. I don’t believe Alex is that guy. Geno is not on our team so what do it matter.

        • Stan

          You’re wrong always wrong!!

    • Stan

      Well they put up 45 points last Sunday.

      • micah stephenson

        2 kick off returns for tds, a DJ pick set them up nicely for a score, and Charles had huge runs, alex did manage to chip 137 yards passing.

  • micah stephenson

    in my Ebenezer Scrooge voice) bah humbug!!!! ;-) lol

  • micah stephenson

    Arrived where???

  • Battlespeed

    Smith has exceeded my expectations for someone walking totally cold into a rebuilding franchise, and especially having to suffer through this O-line’s growing pains. If the improving offensive performance across the board over the last several weeks is any indication, I definitely want to keep this group intact and see what they’ll do next year. Should be nothing short of spectacular, especially if we get another good WR to complement Bowe.

    Smith is too classy to blame any of his miscues etc. on the line, but I’m not that classy. I’ve got eyeballs, and I can very clearly see what the main problem has been, and that impression has been proven to be correct because of the results that are showing up now that this problem (THE LINE!) is starting to be solved. No, the O-line is not yet sufficiently reliable that Smith has any realistic chance to be a Manning, but I’m apparently more patient than some of the readers of this forum. It’s all starting to come together, if you care to look, but we still have a ways to go.

    Crap analysis = crap article.

    • micah stephenson

      He has? Wat has he done?

      • Battlespeed

        Obviously, I might as well try to explain astrophysics to my cat.

        • micah stephenson

          Aww man, I LOVE Astrophysics, as well as Astro and Marine Biology! What do u think about us extending life to mars? And do you think we will find life below the frozen surface of that moon orbiting Jupiter? Did you know our Galaxy (The Milkyway) has about 200 billion stars in it and that some galaxys have trillions of stars? Now did you know we have observed over 200 billion galaxys already? That’s a lot of stars, planets and moons.

          • Battlespeed

            Let me check with my cat and I’ll get back to you…

          • Danny W

            He he…..

    • Stacy D. Smith

      Line play doesn’t excuse errant throws, poor ball placement, or slow decisionmaking.
      You can’t hang his early season miscues all on line play. That suggest your eyes might not understand what they’re seeing.

      • micah stephenson

        Ewwwwwww!!!!!! Tell em Stacy!!!!

      • Battlespeed

        Apparently you’re not aware that the book on Smith – by professional analysts across the league – is that he’s an excellent decision-maker. I think it’s you who doesn’t have the vaguest notion what he’s looking at. Football seems to be a closed book to you. Read the whole article below, but in particular the last paragraph:

        KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The pocket was breaking down and Alex Smith was
        running out of time, so he did what so few quarterbacks in Kansas City
        have ever been able to do over the years. Smith took off and picked up a first down with his feet.

        He didn’t throw a ball into an impossibly tight
        space, or tempt double coverage and get picked off. He didn’t stumble
        around as his offensive line caved in around him, or get chased around
        by a couple of New York Giants before finally succumbing to a sack.

        Instead, Smith remained unflappable under pressure,
        exuding the kind of poise that infects an entire offense. More than once
        he scrambled for first downs last Sunday, giving the Chiefs the spark
        they needed for a 31-7 victory and their first 4-0 start in a decade.

        “He seems to handle everything well, and kind of
        keeps a calm among the chaos,” said Chiefs coach Andy Reid, who has said
        repeatedly he tried to trade for Smith when Reid was still with the
        Eagles. “He’s able to keep it all in perspective. He demands a lot of
        the guys around him in his own way. That’s important. He does that
        well.”

        At some point in time, calling a quarterback a “game
        manager” became a derogatory description. Guys who throw safe passes,
        refuse to test sticky-fingered defensive backs, and make sure their
        teams are put in good positions became blase. By contrast, those willing
        to fling the ball all over the field with an all-or-nothing mentality
        grew in popularity.

        Smith has always taken the cerebral approach, though.
        He prides himself on not making mistakes — often to the chagrin of fans
        who’d rather seem him throw it downfield.

        “The most important thing in football is controlling
        the ball, time of possession,” Chiefs tight end Kevin Brock said. “Guys
        who control the clock, don’t turn the ball over, they’re the successful
        guys. If they want to say that’s what he does for us, I’ll take it any
        day.”

        Smith has thrown only 22 interceptions since the 2010
        season, the fewest of any quarterback with at least 1,000 pass
        attempts. The Patriots’ Tom Brady is next with 26 interceptions.

        His streak of 160 pass attempts without a pick ended
        when he threw two last Sunday against the Giants. Even then, only one of
        them was a badly thrown pass.

        Indeed, Smith is a big reason the Chiefs are tied
        with the Tennessee Titans, their opponent on Sunday, for the NFL’s best
        turnover margin.

        “For me, I’m just making my reads and throwing the
        ball where it’s supposed to go,” Smith offered by way of explanation.
        “Just where the defense is telling me.”

        Often, the defense has been telling him to run.

        Smith has run the zone-read several times this
        season, but mostly he’s been scrambling when the pressure threatens him.
        But the result has been the same: He’s on pace to run for more than 600
        yards, which would easily be a career high.

        “I think it’s something that can help us at times,
        something I take pride in,” he said. “If they’re going to give me that, I
        have to make plays with my legs, make them pay. When it is there, take
        advantage of it, for sure.”

        Smith is also on pace to throw for 3,828 yards and 28
        touchdowns; both would be career highs. And in what must feel
        especially gratifying, he’s thrown for more yards and TDs with fewer
        interceptions than Colin Kaepernick, the quarterback who took his job in
        San Francisco.

        More importantly, he has the Chiefs at 4-0. The 49ers are 2-2.

        “He took us to the NFC championship when I was with
        the Niners. People doubted him, but I always knew what type of
        quarterback he was,” said Titans tight end Delanie Walker. “He knows how
        to win games. He’s doing a great job over there doing that.”

        Not surprisingly, the first thing Walker referenced
        when was asked for a scouting report on Smith was his ability to manage
        the game.

        “He doesn’t make dumb decisions. He’s not going to
        turn the ball over,” Walker said. “If the person that he’s looking for
        is not open, he will check it down. He’s a smart quarterback, he’s not
        going to do anything to jeopardize a win.”

        • Stacy D. Smith

          Not sure what this proves. I can cite the exact plays where he’s made mistakes that had NOTHING to do with line play.

          • Battlespeed

            “Not sure what this proves.” Stick to hip hop. In fact, let me suggest that you have absolutely no way whatsoever of knowing whether the line play influences any particular decision or throw that any QB makes, period. It might even have influenced the play that was called in the first place (or checked to) and you wouldn’t have the faintest idea this had occurred.

            On the other hand it’s quite clear to see exactly what happens when the line play improves – and it’s not just in passes completed, either.

          • Stacy D. Smith

            Being an excellent decision-maker is not an immutable characteristic. He’s earned that distinction by making good decisions more often than not. That doesn’t mean he never makes poor decisions. I’ll do you one better though. He ALSO has a reputation for taking sacks because he’s so averse to a mistake, he’ll sometimes take too long to make a decision. I could easily go and copy and paste an article where he’s been criticized for that.

            I’ve never professed to being an expert, but I know a fair amount about this NFL business. Criticizing me doesn’t make for a counter argument. Try again?

          • Battlespeed

            The criticism was accompanied by my counter argument. Read again?

          • Bill Mandeville

            There’s no way of rationally arguing with Stacy…. I think he just post’s to get a rise out of others…..Everything you have said is absolutely right !!!!!!

          • Stan

            You said it yourself, “I’ve never professed to being an expert”, that is so true.

          • Stacy D. Smith

            If only there were plays where he had good protection and made a poor throw or waited too long to throw the football. Hahaha. Not like he’s ever been outside of the pocket and goofed either. You’re right. No measurable ways to understand quarterback play in this league. That’s brilliant.

          • Battlespeed

            It would be helpful if you responded to points that I make and not those that you invent. There are indeed *objective* ways to judge QB play, and by those *objective* measures Smith is a very good NFL QB. Your assessments as to what the influence of the O-line’s performance might or might not have been on any particular play are entirely subjective, and carry you far out into waters that are much too deep for the tiny boat of anyone who is, after all, merely a spectator.

            Now, no one – including me – would ever suggest that Smith is perfect, or that he’s made no errors in judgment. He is human, after all. But I would suggest to you that he makes no more such errors than others who are considered great QB’s have made (I’ve seen Brees, Roethlesberger, and, yes, even Montana and Manning, throw some awful clunkers) – and the *numbers* (such as INTs) show that he’s actually made fewer errors than some of them. That, I think is the appropriate standard for “errors in judgment” or any other measure of performance – i.e., the performance standards that are set by the best who play the game, and not the impossible standard of perfection.

            At the end of the day, taking everything into account, I think Smith will go down as a great NFL QB, if not even among the elite. You can say that you read it here first.

          • Stan

            It’s better than the dumb remarks you say.

          • Stacy D. Smith

            Gee, that’s eloquent.

          • Davé

            Ah so comes the truth. Another Midwestern racist. Guessing you are from the Kansas side of Kansas City eh?

          • Stan

            So what. What QB has a 100% completion percentage.This year Rivers is at 70% (best ever for him) and Manning around 64%.. And I’m sure they missed several wide open receivers too.

          • Davé

            Considering that Smiths numbers through the first nine weeks were pretty much bottom of the league (except wins of course) your Completion percentage argument falls totally flat. He was well below Dalton let alone Manning and Rivers.

        • Stan

          Super Great Post.

      • D forte

        Bad line play can lead to all of the issues stated above. I don’t believe he has been perfect this season, but once again he was in a new system. I think if you asked him, he would probably feel he should have played better. Next year will be a big year to judge, year 2 is where it should all start clicking for the whole offense. Also, he made plenty of plays that helped lead to that 9-0 start, even of his #s weren’t huge.

        • Stacy D. Smith

          Certainly can, but I recall plays where he goofed without any help from the line. Remember the late throw to McGrath in the game against Houston? That was all him. Late throw into the end zone to end the last Denver game? All him. I could go on… It’s not all on his offensive line.

          • Battlespeed

            Refresh my memory. Wasn’t Smith scrambling on that toss to Bowe at the end of the Denver game?

          • Stacy D. Smith

            I don’t think he was “scrambling”… Rolling out perhaps.

          • Battlespeed

            Well, if that was a designed rollout it sure looked funny to me, but it still begs the question, why roll out, especially on 4th down, and especially to his left? I’d like to go back and review that set of downs before I can agree that O-line play had no influence on what happened there.. That would be a pretty low-percentage play to call for no good reason. And that’s the point I’m making. As spectators, we have no idea what influenced that play.

          • D forte

            Like I said, he hasn’t been perfect, but he has been far from bad. If you are waiting for perfect, grab a snickers, even the Elite 4 make errors. It is so understated what he does for a defense with his style of play.

          • Davé

            The entire point of the write up is he was mediocre the first nine weeks and down right good the past three. I swear the IQ needed to read an entire article and process the whole thing correctly must be damn high,

          • D forte

            “I make no secret of the fact that I’ve often been displeased with Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith in 2013. I’ve criticized him for errant throws, for failing to make decisions quickly in key situations, and for sometimes being overly averse to throwing the football down the field. In this very column, I’ve made him largely responsible for the Chiefs’ early offensive woes. “-Stacy

            Doesn’t sound like he is calling him mediocre right there, sound like he was saying he was the main problem before. My comments were response to comments above not the article itself. Have a good day Mr.Troll.

          • PunjabiPete

            I will concede the McGrath one, but the one in the last Denver game… he was holding onto the ball waiting for receivers to get open and they weren’t doing that. Handing it to Charles was what the D was waiting on, as was AS running it himself. I honestly don’t put that throw all on him. Could it have been better? Yep, but in that same desperate situation, I would have done the same thing. Really, it should never have gotten down to that if the D had come up with ONE stop after jumping to a 21-7 lead… but that’s another story.

            While I sometimes disagree with your statements, your article is thought provoking and starts a dialogue, so I can appreciate that.

      • Stan

        I know yours don’t. You think you know football, you know nothing.

        • Davé

          awesome counter argument. Oh wait…it wasn’t. It was dribble from a brain dead loser.

    • Bill Mandeville

      Like I said weeks ago…it all starts with the offensive line..you don’t get protection you’re not going play well ….It is encouraging that the line has gotten better through the weeks and if they keep on improving we will be a dangerous team..

    • Stan

      Great Points!!! Some on this forum have no clue about football or what it takes to win as a team. And you’re right, CRAP analysis=CRAP article!!!

      • Davé

        Forum? I do not see any forum. I do see some morons though and one goes by the moniker Stan

    • Danny W

      Suzy is that you?

      • micah stephenson

        Lol. That looks like some Suzi stuff but she likes to sprinkle in some stats.

    • Davé

      or you are just a racist. I can’t see any other reason to bag on this article especially since you make not one opposite point.

  • T.Hagen

    I am so happy that the o-line is gelling and Alex is getting better every game. To bad we didn’t Draft the super quarterback Geno Smith we would have won the Denver games.

    • micah stephenson

      When did we start judging 2nd rd QBs on a sucky team they rookie yr?

      • Battlespeed

        Because he’s one of the big reasons they’re sucky. In fact, so far he’s a total wet smack.

        • micah stephenson

          He is a rookie on a bad team with no talent. Who do he have on offense? Exactly!

          • Battlespeed

            Does it ever dawn on you that you talk out of both sides of your mouth? It’s pretty obvious that you’re struggling with the problem of cognitive dissonance.

          • Stacy D. Smith

            Cognitive dissonance… Ha! I’ve seen that phrase lurking these halls before. I wonder if this is… Hahahaha!

          • Battlespeed

            I always post under this moniker, so I have no idea who you’re talking about…and there are a fair number of people who know about cognitive dissonance. I suppose if I say “Geno Smith” you’ll suspect me of being Micah.

          • PunjabiPete

            But you were the one saying we should pick him up because he could win us games THIS year! Do you not remember that?

          • micah stephenson

            Uh no. Never said that. Matter fact I said we win win a game or two more with Alex. Its next yr when everybody gets better but Alex don’t cus he is as good as he is gon get I was pointing out.

          • PunjabiPete

            Fair enough, I disagree though. I think Alex Smith has a reputation for winning games and will continue to do so no matter who is on the schedule.

        • micah stephenson

          Geno had a good game and the jets won sunday.

      • T.Hagen

        We will have to see how that pans out in the next year or two if and I say if Geno lasts that long. On the other hand AS has proved in San fran he could get the job done and he has done nothing but improve since the bye week. I guess we will see what happens in the next year or so.

  • chiefridgy

    I think you extend A.S. contract for two reasons….. 1. He is not that bad and he wins games. 2. So we have a teacher/mentor for the next QB.

    • micah stephenson

      I like how our standards are he is not that bad. And what can Alex teach the next guy except how to b super conservative?

      • Josiah David

        He can teach Tyler Bray how to run the WC offense efficiently. Bray may perhaps have a more dynamic arm in the future but will he have the leadership, poise, ability in the pocket, awareness, and flat out ability to win consistently? Will he have heart? Alex Smith is a special QB in his own right and we’re lucky to have him.

    • micah stephenson

      He hasn’t won one single game for us yet!

      • chiefridgy

        He wins games.

      • PunjabiPete

        Listen, and I say this as an admirer: Geno Smith is NEVER going to play in Kansas City. Neither will Bridgewater, Manziel, or whomever is on the short list nowadays. At least not now. Alex Smith has really turned a corner in these last few games, and that has helped the team tremendously. In this last game he went out and scored almost every time the offense had the ball. If you put Cassel behind this line (and this is coming from a Cassel supporter) we are sitting at 4-9 right now. Geno Smith we are sitting at 3-10.

        • micah stephenson

          No way. Cassel behind this line with Ried wud have about the same amount of yards and tds.

          • PunjabiPete

            OMG are you kidding me?! Do you get paid by the number of arguments you start? Matt Cassel is behind a better line than KC, arguably, and he can’t crack Christian Ponder and Josh Freeman. Phillip Rivers just beat the Broncos throwing for 29 more yards than Smith did and picked up the same amount of TDs. Think they are calling him a crap QB in San Diego right now?

          • micah stephenson

            No. Rivers is good. They ran the ball this gsme. When they do haft to pass Rivers better than Alex. Cassel Starts over them and has been getting better.

    • Danny W

      Yeah I think two years is plenty at this point.

  • tm1946

    If you take away the names Dawson and Green, who has the Chiefs had at QB?
    It is hard to judge QB after a lifetime of watching the Chiefs, what do we know about quality QB play.

    • micah stephenson

      I know the last time we won a playoff game we had a top notch QB. Joe Montana.

    • micah stephenson

      I know the standard is really low. Time to set the bar higher.

    • Stan

      Oh, someone named Montana.

      • tm1946

        You and the others who pointed it out are correct. Sux to get old. Forgot about him totally.

  • D forte

    If they do decide to extend him, what do you think he is worth? And what do you think he will be asking for in terms of year/$? I think he will sign for the hometown discount of 10-12 mil a year, but he will want around 5-7 years and guaranteed $.

    • Danny W

      That’s a good question. He will get extended. I’m betting three years. 50 million 25 guaranteed. I bet anything Reid still draft’s a guy though.

  • Andy

    good read.good constructive criticism and not a lot of fairy dust.

  • craig

    Let’s see we were the worst 9-0 team ever in the NFL and now Alex Smith is just an ok QB on a 10-3 team?? Are you people stupid??? Let’s state facts last year we were 2-14, we had a decent defense but 2-14 in comes Alex Smith we right now are 10-3… I don’t care shit about stats when we are winning games with this QB!!! Keep saying he is a game manager but when you manage wins I will take that any day of the year!!!

    • Stan

      Yep, wins are the bottom line. Good note, love it. By the way this is AS11 third straight great year and more to come.

    • Davé

      What people? I only see one idiot comment on here and it comes from some dude named craig.

    • micah stephenson

      Ha ha haaaaaa! Andy Ried replacing R.Cronnel is the biggest reason for the turn around. Dave Toub and Bob Sutton has made a big difference too. The 10 wins have come on the backs of the defense. Alex has benefited from getting to play on a team where he has had to do much to get wins. He personally hasn’t done much.

  • LeVar Hill

    I think a lot of Alex success is coming from Jamal Charles starting to rip off those big runs that we are use to seeing. I remember commenting on this a few weeks ago when one of you AA writers suggested that Charles had lost a step. I told you to be patient he was 1 arm tackle away from breaking big ones and no way he lost a step. I knew he would start breaking them, now defenders are so worried about him it’s making it very easy for Alex. But hey I’m not discrediting Alex of any thing. Because Matt Cassel had the same luxuries of Charles and he couldn’t get it done. Alex is a hell of a quarterback I’m very grateful to have him I love his decision making. Glad him and Bowe are starting to get a groove. I wouldn’t be surprised to see bowe get a 1,000 yards quietly he has 604 right now. But to do that he has get a couple of 100+ receiving games I can see it happening. Alex feed him the ball baby Go Chiefs!!!!!!!

  • Stacy D. Smith

    Note to self: Do NOT feed the trolls.

  • Danny W

    Good read S.Smith
    I’m in agreement. He has improved there is no denying. Besides Micah I don’t think any poster was banging that gong louder than me that he wasn’t playing well at all. Any fan not afraid of being objective about their ball club would have had to agree with this assessment. Can Smith regress? Of course. I hope and it has been my hope that he doesn’t and will continue to get better. Here’s to seeing him hang a 300 burger on the Silver and Black.

  • Davé

    Good Read Stacy. Truth is Alex looked pedestrian leading up to these last three weeks. Anyone that denies that is either a Homer or only half watches games. Compared to those first nine weeks Alex looks and throws like a completely different person. First nine games he made some boneheaded decisions, was mighty scared to throw down field, and was pretty inaccurate. Last three he is nearly the opposite of all I just typed. It appears he really did just need more time with his receivers and line. It helps that the Oline is playing so well and Jamaal is unstoppable, but honestly Alex is playing as well as anyone else. The only suspect play recently had been from the secondary and the receivers.

    • Jason Seibel

      Did you read that article I linked to on the other thread, Dave?

      • Davé

        Just did and to be honest I don’t know how I missed it, being I have followed this site for so long (previously under the name of ChiefsWatch – que the “shit he was right all this time” hate.” Great read Jason; it gives so much information and only makes me like the dude more. Between the footage of him, the press conferences and everything else I couldn’t hope for another QB. He is not a elitist (looking at you Peyton) and not a moron (looking at you Cassel) I am pulling for him as much or probably more so that the actual Chiefs. I want him to succeed before San Francisco with Colin showboat Kapernick does. I am amazed by what he has done of late. If we truly can play better defense I think we are as dangerous as anyone in this league; and man how I would love to see the reactions of every know nothing shill on ESPN and NFL network. Anyway. thanks for linking it. TBH I did not even know you wrote anything for this site with the way you get in on the comments. Rock on brother.

      • PunjabiPete

        Can you link it here?

    • micah stephenson

      Actually our secondary never looked suspect. The 3 games they looked suspect, we only had 2 sacks over that span. When we got back to sacking the QB, they looked good agian. Bottom line is the DBs can’t hold wrs all day. The wrs are limited to what they can do by the QB who is throwing them the ball. I know, I know, dropped passes. Avery dropped a couple of deep passes that the fans cud use to say “see I told you Alex can do it” so now Alex has a built in excuse and a free pass for being pretty f n avg at his best. If its not the oline it will b the wrs. Never Alex.

  • JimHarbaughsguys

    For all you Chiefs fans, something to keep in mind:

    Alex in his first year with a decent team beat Seattle in Seattle. He was the last QB to have done so.
    Alex in his 2nd year with a decent team beat GB in GB. Something no Niner QB had done since Alex was a toddler.

    At no point has Alex ever had 3 straight years in the same system. With Reid here and the WCO being a perfect fit for him, what you’re seeing now….is nothing to what you’ll see in a few years when Denver hasn’t gotten Manning and your team has more talent on offense (ie no more dropping balls by the WR’s, WCO depends on that).

    Anybody saying they haven’t seen Alex do what he’s done in the past few games hasn’t really watched him. Alex isn’t Kap or RGIII or any of the young bucks. There is plenty of film on him, like there is for Manning and Brees and Brady. Alex won’t beat anybody by shocking them, just like Brady won’t now. He’ll beat them by just flat out being better. And for the past nearly 2 full seasons, practically nobody has been better even though he took over the worst team in the NFL last year who were 2-14.

    Good times are now. Great times are too come.

    • Jason Seibel

      This comment just won the internet.

      • JimHarbaughsguys

        Thank you.

      • micah stephenson

        Is this really Suzi?

    • PunjabiPete

      You say in words the things that are in my brain/ heart. Thank you.

  • disqus_hJe6GJzEpp

    Tell the receivers to catch the ball when it comes to them. Problem solved.
    Nothing is/was wrong with Smith. The author is just realizing how wrong he’s been all year.
    Simple as that

    • PunjabiPete

      Yes. This man gets it (my apologies if you are female, I’m assuming you are male though)

  • PunjabiPete

    As a completely neutral person, I say yes, we should extend Alex Smith’s contract. As we all know I’ve been one of his most vocal opponents since- I’m just playin’, yes, it feels great to be, even if only for a couple weeks – vindicated. I would love to see him back and without contract worries and know Andy Reid’s mancrush on him is not only not gone, but very probably going to get even creepier. Keep it up!

  • Ed

    Chief nation. We are 10-3. we will continue to add pieces. I want to see how Fisher continues to perfom as left tackle. If he is rated better than his RT performance than he stays there next year. Oh, and I love Micah coments, but Come on man, you have to addimit we would probably have had 5 victories with Gino. We do not need to draft a QB in the future.

    • micah stephenson

      Thanks Ed. I appreciate the love. But 5 wins? I Think our record wud b what it is no matter who the QB is. If you look at his stats Alex don’t do anything any ol QB cudnt do. I think any QB can do what alex has done. He don’t do any special. I’ve always said we wud win more with Alex this yr than with a rookie. But it shud b about having the chance to win playoff games and the superbowl for the next ten years. Alex ain’t gone get no better, he is what he is. Geno, EJ, and all the othe young QBs are gone get better. This was a bad class for QBs so they gone need a lil longer to develop. That don’t mean you don’t get them. Its too hard to get QBs. Waaay to hard. And the Chiefs just keep passing up QB after QB after QB like they stacked at the position. They havnt drafted a 1st rd QB in 30 years!!!!! 30 f n years!!!! When Alex has his best game possible he is avg at best. Chase ain’t shit. Bray was undrafted because he aint shit! Our fans want playmakers at the other 21 starting positions, but at QB they like ho hum any ol guy will work there. Alex throws 2 or 3 deep passes during the 3 game losing streak and they label him God around here. One AA writer said Alex is better than A.Luck. lol. I can tell the complacency has kicked in around here and fans are settling for mediocrity at QB. Broncos will own the afc west because of they passing attack, SD done already beat us at Arrowhead and are making they push to b relevant by next yr. Alex ain’t the type of QB you want if you want a pass happy offense, which is what you need nowdays.

      • PunjabiPete

        Please don’t take my disagreement as insulting, Micah, you’re one of my favorite posters on here, because for the most part even when you are dead wrong you can stay objective and keep off the personal insults, but “any ol QB” could get us 10 wins? Could Chase Daniel? Could Josh Freeman? Matt Cassel? Geno Smith? Blaine Gabbert? Chad Henne? Ryan Fitzpatrick? I can go on, brother, but you see my point.

        Alex SMith is better than Andrew luck in the only category that matters – Wins. Also I disagree that this is a pass happy offense or even WANTS to be. This offense is, will be, and HAS been a “Run Jamaal Charles, then when he’s resting see if we can complete some passes until he’s ready to go again” offense. Jamaal Charles IS this team. You build, game plan, and run your offense around HIM. Salary cap issues? Who to keep, Bowe or Charles? Not even close. Bye Bowe. I love me some Dwayne Bowe, but thats the reality of it.

        Alex Smith fits almost perfectly into this offense. If we get some insanely fast wideouts in the coming years (MOAR DONNIE AVERY!) then we might take a look at someone who can throw the deep ball better, but Alex Smith is a QB every team not named Denver, Seattle, New Orleans or Boston would shit their pants to get their hands on. He doesn’t make a lot of mistakes, he is athletic, and he takes care of the ball. Unlike Cassel, he can dink and dunk and MOVE THE BALL, and not in the opposite direction.

        If a pass happy attack is what we need nowadays, then how have we won 10 games and all but sown up a playoff spot, hmmmm? You can’t have it both ways!

        • micah stephenson

          Every single win the d has not allowed more than 17 pts. When that happens the QB don’t haft to to much. In the 3 games we lost, we needed to win with offense and you see we cud not do it.

          • PunjabiPete

            Fair enough, I am hoping you are proven wrong though. I feel like you will be. Alex Smith will win your heart, Micah! You can’t hold those dreamy blue eyes and winning smile off forever! Join the dark side!

  • Nigerdeath50500

    I couldn’t be any happier with Smith and Reid. I really want to shake their hands for the change they brought and for making the team a family.

  • JimHarbaughsguys

    I see a lot of talk about extending Alex’s contract and what that will cost.

    Alex was cool with signing his current contract worth $8-9 million. When he picked up JH’s HC of the Year Award in 2011 and spoke for him, he said something along the lines of how important it is to have a good HC. Look what it has done for me.

    Reid is a good HC. He has his issues, like not running the ball at times when I think he should considering his RB position is better than his receiver position, and I didn’t like his playcalling in the Denver game where he ran 3 times, and didn’t give Alex a run it/pass it option inside the 5, but Alex will want to stay with Reid.

    I don’t see any new contract demands of Alex that would be much more than $12 million tops. Likely $10. Even if KC wins the Super Bowl. Alex spent 6 years on non-winning teams. He won’t demand a contract which likely hinders the ability of KC from being a winning team.