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Alex Smith Chiefs Missing Leader


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When the end of the 2012 season came to a close there were several things that needed to change. Clark Hunt knew that change had to happen, change is exactly what he delivered.

Head Coach Andy Reid was brought in to turn a talented heavy team into a playoff and Super Bowl contending franchise, so far he has accomplished just that. Reid’s first and foremost decision was to bring in the most important position on the field, the quarterback, enter Alex Smith.

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Alex Smith has been labeled a game manager, and unwilling to take deep shots down the field. What Chiefs Kingdom has discovered in the last two weeks that Smith is so much more than was advertised, he has been the key piece of this Chiefs offense and has shown the ability to be the leader they were missing.

Andy Reid has had nothing but praise for his quarterback, and was recently asked what makes the team as a whole better with Smith leading,

A lot of it just starts with the work ethic and the time, effort and preparation that they put in, in Alex (Smith’s) case, that he puts in. He is here, I mentioned this before the season started, we have rules and regulations in the offseason of how many hours you can stay in the building and I had to kick him out of the building so we didn’t get put on secret double probation before we ever got started.

Smiths preparation cannot be underestimated, every week since the bye the offense has been firing on all cylinders and even saw Jamaal Charles have a record breaking game against a aggressive Raider defense that allowed 5 touchdowns. This in turn has thrust Charles into the debate of MVP for his production. Would Charles be as effective without Reid and Smith? In all likely hood probably not because of how Smith boosts the players around him.


Smith has also shown that he is all in when it comes to running this offense, and boasting numbers such as 3,160 yards 23 touchdowns with only 6 interceptions, sporting a passer rating of 91, which by the way is his second best rating in his career. This success in no accident, as Reid said it is in the way he practices, and then translates onto the field.

How he practices is another big part. He’s not joking around. When it’s time to go, it’s time to go. Each rep means something. He wants to make sure he’s right on each rep and that all those guys around him are right. To be a leader and to be able to demand from people and yourself, you have to also be productive and he’s been able to do that.”

Smith has shown he is productive, in the game against the Raiders, he had a perfect passer rating of 158.3 throwing for 287 yards and 5 touchdowns. On the field it all starts at the quarterback and under the guidance of Andy Ried, and with weapons such as Charles, Smith has the ability to lead his team deep into the playoffs and finally break the drought that Chief fans have be hoping would finally end.

What do you think Addicts? Is Smith the quarterback that the Chiefs have been missing? Do you want to see Smith stay in Kansas City for the long haul? Sound off below

Go Chiefs!!!!!

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  • Stacy D. Smith

    Certainly looks that way.

  • CSconce

    I’m loving having Alex Smith for the near future and the potential of Tyler Bray for longer term if that works out!

  • T.Hagen

    It’s about time. Alex is godsend for a team that needed a quarterback and leader.

  • Mark Bustamante

    AS11 was a great pick up for the Chiefs. Love how he manages the game. Love his leadership. With him the Chiefs can go far

    • Jason Seibel

      Five TDs isn’t really game managing.

      • RepOurChiefs

        No it isnt Jason and it kills me to see writers on other sites still describing him that way. Like one pointing out his yardage minus the YAC. “…he game managed his way to a whopping 14 yards in passing” Im like ..SERIOUSLY?!. Totally dismissing what he’s done over the 3 games prior. Rodney Dangerfield comes to mind. #norespect

        • micah stephenson

          A few games with a lot of yards don’t mean you all that. Cassel had almost 400 yrds passing but nobody is saying he is all that.

          • Curtis

            Yes, but Matt Cassel wasn’t a winner. Alex is.

          • micah stephenson

            Caasel won sunday. And did in 2008, 2010, the 2 yrs he had a competent coaching staff.

          • Curtis

            So he won a game. Alex has been winning a LOT over the last 3 years. Cassel… not so much…

          • ArrowFan

            I agree Cassel needs to be coached the right way, same with Smith. Wise knew exactly what to do with Cassel under center.

            On another note, how are you feeling about Geno? Who would you rather have right now and for the next couple of years?

          • Stan

            Give it a rest. All season you have been an Alex hater.

          • kcchiefinlv

            Could you please stop mentioning that other QB’s name? It only triggers my BCFS (Battered Chiefs Fan Syndrome).

          • PunjabiPete

            After the superbowl Micah will be saying “Just winning one superbowl don’t mean you all that”… mark my words.

          • micah stephenson

            Lol.

      • PunjabiPete

        Maybe he meant he “manages” to “dominate” the game?

  • guest

    Que micah..lol

    • micah stephenson

      Yawning……..that joke has heen used on every previous Alex Smith article. ;-)

      • guest

        Think of it more an Broadway introduction and less of an insult brotha! :)

      • guest

        And wake up! No napping! We in the playoffs! And the crybaby isnt! Haha

      • RepOurChiefs

        The guest comments are mine micah..the fanside app wont let me log in.

      • PunjabiPete

        No offense but the joke is usually the text under your name :P

        “Geno Smith is better!”
        “Matt Cassel could lead this team to 11-3 record!”
        “I’m a Chiefs fan!”

        LOL

        • micah stephenson

          Wow!

  • Tristian Shelley

    Ive said it 800 times but as a niner fan im still upset at harbaugh for this one and its unforgiveable if u ask me. Smith is underrated and showed he just needed good coaching more than anything else. Look guys he went number 1 for a reason. The chiefs outside of Charles and Bowe don’t really have outstanding weapons so I wonder if 25-30 TD’s for Smith is actually a low point. People are so quick to judge and say well we know his ceiling. What are those same people saying now? Im thinking if we add a Jeremy Maclin in the offseason it really would be bombs over baghdad as Bowe said lol. Anyways love the way Smith is playing and if the chiefs can finish with 2 more wins id pick em to go all the way regardless of whether or not we get the number 1 seed.

    • micah stephenson

      Why? The 49s have a QB that is better, cheaper, and the 49s are ranked higher than the Chiefs!

      • Jason Seibel

        CK 7 is not better than Alex Smith. Check his stats. And the Forty Niners are not higher rated than the Chiefs. I don’t know what record you’re looking at. But they’re not rated better than the Chiefs. Micah are you smoking a good stuff again?

        • PunjabiPete

          He is and he’s refusing to share!

        • micah stephenson

          Check his stats? didn’t ck start off the year without Frank Gore, V.Davis and M.Crabtree? Ck has 19 games experience and Alex Smith has 94 games. CK is already as good or better than Alex and he will get better.

          • Jason Seibel

            While this blood feud you have with the Smith family was cute when Smith wasn’t throwing TDs and the defense was winning games, now that Smith is scorching defenses and scoring points it’s just ridiculous. CK7 is not better than Smith. He’s a gimmick who has hit his ceiling. D coordinators figured him out a long time ago.

          • micah stephenson

            Figured him out a long time ago? Ain’t they on a 6 or 7 game winning streak?

          • Jason Seibel

            I think it’s more like 4 or 5. And check his stats since that’s the only thing you’re concerned with.

          • micah stephenson

            What is cuter is you acting like Ass11 is all that! Its Smith that has hit his ceiling, not CK7.

          • Joe Myers

            I think when it comes down to it smith would win a SB before kapp !!! This is the same offense that matt cassel had and we are 11-3 . The special teams is going to be a huge factor down the stretch and that turnover ratio !!!! Chiefs are a dangerous team right now !!!!!

          • stevekozak

            CK will never be as good a QB as AS. More physically gifted, that is a given, but he will never be as good as AS. He is more interested in being CK7 than he is in leading his team and doing whatever it takes.

        • micah stephenson

          NFL network had the rankings 1 sea, 2 den, 3 49s, the point is the 49s right up at the top with they QB.

          • Jason Seibel

            When? The last time I checked, the only ranking that matters is wins and losses. There’s only one team in the NFL that’s better than the Chiefs in that category and that’s the Seahawks.

        • micah stephenson

          I wish I had some good stuff cus ima b whooping ass at poker all night! IM ALL IN!!!

      • Stan

        Wrong again!! Check out the stats before you make an incorrect remark. Alex has a higher QB rating, more yards, more TD’s and less Int’s and a higher percentage completion rate. And the top 3 teams are the Seahawks, Donkeys and Chiefs.

      • PunjabiPete

        Don’t listen to Micah, he’s probably one of those people whining that AS only threw for 13 yards through the air…

        On that note, I watched the game, and I saw individual passes that went more than that, so I’m unsure where that number came from.

        Colin Kaepernik is a dynamic QB, and has a lot of skills. I will take some flak here but I would still take AS11 over CK7 any day of the week.

        Micah you’re way off base here, I mean I’m starting to wonder if your AS hatred isn’t something more than objective criticism…

        • micah stephenson

          Of corse. KC fans don’t require much from they QB. If 50 states voted, KC wud b the only state picking Alex over Ck. The other 49 wud take CK.

          • Battlespeed

            KC isn’t a state, you moron. And your statement is just a blast of hot air blowing out your butt without the slightest evidence to support it.

      • stevekozak

        Harbaugh’s switch to CK7 cost them a Superbowl ring last year. There is no question that CK has superior physical prowess, but he does not have the heart and the brain to put it to effective use. Alex is the better QB.

        • Jason Seibel

          Let’s not forget that CK7 allegedly promised Crabtree that the winning TD in the Superbowl would be to him. Thus the four straight incompletions in his direction. Smith would have never done anything so assinine or immature.

          • stevekozak

            I don’t doubt that he did that. He is immature and doesn’t have the smarts to make up for it. I lost my faith in Jimbo when he made the switch.

  • Chris Tarrants

    Yes he is the leader of this team but we still need to draft a qb no later than the third round this year! Number 1, Alex is doing great but he has had injury issues in the past, and number 2, he isn’t a 21 year old fresh QB. He should be our guy for the next few years but we also need to be prepared just in case. I like Tyler Bray and think that he could be our next guy too but the more competition the better

    • RepOurChiefs

      Indeed. Im cool with AS11 too for now but grooming a qb for the future to step inwhen the time come would be great.

    • Stan

      Alex is 29 and will be 30 in May.

  • Joe Myers

    Ill hold my judgment for after the playoffs !!!

  • ArrowFan

    I love him he has been even better than advertised. A year ago I was heart broken regarding Manning s snubbing of us. Now honestly I would rather have Smith for the next 5 years than Manning. Don’t get me wrong Manning is playing brilliantly this year but I would not want his noodle arm beyond this year.

  • ArrowFan

    Smith never got a fair shake in San Fran. Reid and Smith are a perfect combo, plus JC and our D. Reid saw something special in our roster and jumped at the chance to coach here. I hate to say it but Pioli did do a good job at player analysis he was just horrible at coach analysis. Plus the system of GM dominating the organization was flawed. I’m so happy Clark got it right with Reed and Dorsey, how these two don’t get coach of the year and GM of the year (if there is such a thing) is beyond me.

  • Suzi Conger

    Thank you Nick for an accurate unbiased read…

  • Battlespeed

    Smith is like a fine wine – he’s just getting better with age – and what he’s done this year with the Chiefs is nothing short of astonishing.

    And I mean, gobsmacking amazing.

    Of course, you really have to drill down past the statistics in order to see this. People love numbers because they seem so “objective” (5 is always more than 3, right? Well, if the metric is a “good” one, then 5 is therefore “better” than 3, right?) – and because we like to think we can reduce complex judgments down to simple formulas. This, of course, is nothing but intellectual laziness.

    Standing back and looking at what Smith has done this year, and with what he has done it, he might very well be the best QB in the league this year, whether he happens to have the “best numbers” or not.

    This is one story that the numbers aren’t telling.

  • Gabe

    Alex “The Winner” Smith is truly an elite Q.B. A Leader and and a Champion! All he has ever done since pop Warner is WIN! He will win a ring before the Whiners ever get back to a S. B. Harbaaa! Screwed up big and lost the NINERS the S. B. By benching Smith for Kippersnack. Now Smith is pissed and hungry! Go Chiefs!
    Gabe