Dec 15, 2013; Oakland, CA, USA; Kansas City Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles (25) is congratulated by quarterback Alex Smith (11) after catching a touchdown pass against the Oakland Raiders in the second quarter at Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

The Morning Fix: Chiefs News and Headlines for 1/15/2014

Many people need their coffee to get up and going in the morning, and especially in the middle of the afternoon when things are starting to drag.  Here at Arrowhead Addict, we understand that for a Chiefs fan, coffee is simply not enough.

Here’s all that’s happening around Chiefs Kingdom today.

Welcome to The Fix.

A year ago, the Kansas City Chiefs had just hired their new general manager and head coach who were both hard at work trying to figure out who would lead the team at the quarterback position. A year later after a nine-game turnaround, it appears they found that guy in Alex Smith. Now, a new question looms on the horizon regarding the quarterback position. Should the Chiefs extend Smith’s contract which is worth $7.5 million and due to expire after the 2014 season. Sam Mellinger at the Kansas City Star thinks they should and explains why in his piece.

The Chiefs will sign quarterback Alex Smith to a long-term deal because they have no better options. Smith will sign that contract for reasons both personal and professional. It will be the most realistic outcome for both sides.

Turning our attention from Smith to the guy he liked the throw the ball to at the end of the season, Dwayne Bowe gave a no-holds barred interview with 810 WHB yesterday. Adam Teicher from ESPN did a write up from that interview, claiming Bowe is the most “misunderstood player the Chiefs have ever had.”

Between his public comments touting his abilities and the fact Bowe points to the name on the back of uniform at every chance he gets, it’s easy to get the idea Bowe is in love with himself. Remember the days of the D. Bowe Show?

Turns out all that stuff was indeed just that, a show. People who know Bowe well describe him as someone with low self-confidence who needed to inflate himself publicly to get ready to play and succeed in a game.

Switching gears one more time from the guy Smith threw the ball to, to the guy running the ball and responsible for over 30 percent of the Chiefs offense, Jamaal Charles, the Mothership has a great piece up taking a look at Charles’ numbers during the 2013 season.

When asked about the Kansas City Chiefs record-breaking turnaround season, both head coach Andy Reid and general manager John Dorsey were quick to speak of the collective effort by the entire Chiefs organization. An obvious component in the transformation is the entire Chiefs roster, including three-time Pro Bowl RB Jamaal Charles, who played a monumental role in the team’s 11-5 record in 2013.

That’s it for you headlines for today. Thanks for reading and GO CHIEFS!

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  • toperspective

    Good write-up by Mellinger on Smith contract. Makes sense. I hope he’s willing to accept a team friendly contract. It looks like cap hell in 2015. The Chiefs are already at 121M without Smith or Houston. Dorsey has his work cut out for him.

    • micah stephenson

      Some cap situations need to b cleaned up. These older players better watch out! Sorry but after we can afford to let Bowe, Tamba, and Flowers go we need to restructure/cut, trade or cut them. I like all of them. They are some of my favorites players but becus of those contracts something will haft to b done in a yr or two. I like DJ but he gone b getting old soon. Albert, Robinson, and TJack can go! I’d like Berry to take a pay cut but also like him enough to keep paying him a lot! I also hope they don’t f up on this Alex Smith contract.

      • toperspective

        It’s unfortunate but the cap forces teams to be tough. Can’t afford much loyalty in the NFL. I can’t believe Fasano got a 4 yr contract. All of last year’s FA signing will be cap casualties in 2014 or 2015. I agree those 3 guys will be gone – too bad re Albert but they just can’t afford him. I hope they’ll be able to keep Schwartz and Asamoah.

      • Chris Tarrants

        I like Hali as much as any player but he is replaceable if he isn’t willing to restructure his deal to meal way more team friendly. Anybody making that kind of coin had better be turning in 20 sack seasons regularly and he isn’t. Jackson and Robinson can both hit the bricks, you can find just as good if not better talent for a fraction of the cost. Dorsey seems good at plucking diamonds out of a pile of shitty coal so I have faith that UDFA will be where he makes his money this year

  • micah stephenson

    After reading Mellingers pc, I thought “its waaaay more cost effective to draft a guy nowdays” I rather pay a young guy 5 mill or less instead of paying an old guy who aint gone win a superbowl double or triple that.

    • toperspective

      With the new salaries restrictions for rookies that is clearly the case. It’s a huge advantage for Seattle and SF to pay their QB’s 2nd and 3rd round money. Would you rather have Wilson or Kaepernick at 1M or Cutler at 16M?

      • micah stephenson

        You already know I would take Rus or Kop.

  • micah stephenson

    Charles 259 carries but only 12 stuffs for 23 yards!!! 9.9 yards per catch. 70 catches. Over 1200 rushing. Wow!

  • Horace Lee Madre Jr

    Guys I’m from Philly so I got a chance to watch Big Red turn some below average QB’s into effective passers. Alex Smith will have a better year next season than he had this season. The team worked with what was there. Just wait until they can build what they want. Be patient