Jan 4, 2014; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith (11) during the 2013 AFC wild card playoff football game against the Indianapolis Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

Chiefs Quarterback Alex Smith Added to Pro Bowl Roster


Last night we reported that due to an injury to San Francisco 49ers linebacker NaVorro Bowman, Chiefs middle man Derrick Johnson would get the nod to the Pro Bowl. Well, there’s one more name to add to the list.

It was also announced late last night that after the New England Patriots fell to the Denver Broncos in the AFC Championship game, Pats quarterback Tom Brady turned in his ticket to Honolulu. His replacement? None other than Chiefs “game manager” Alex Smith.

 

 

The Smith nod is a bit surprising because even his biggest supporters would agree that the way he played in the first half of the season was anything but Pro Bowl-worthy. However, Smith really came alive — and so did the Chiefs offense — in the second half of the season and Smith finished strong, putting up decent numbers overall.

Though his 3,313 yards in passing, 23 touchdowns and 7 interceptions were only good for 17th overall in the league for quarterbacks, he’s heading to the Pro Bowl to represent the Chiefs.

Smith’s inclusion makes a total of 10 Pro Bowlers for Kansas City. Smith joins Johnson, Tamba Hali, Justin Houston, Brandon Flowers, Dontari Poe, Dexter McCluster, Branden Albert, Jamaal Charles and Eric Berry in Hawaii this Sunday.

The best of luck to all of the Chiefs Pro Bowlers.

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  • berttheclock

    Now, add Brandon Cooks, the very fast wide out from Oregon State to help him over the top next season. Yes, I understand the reasoning many have had, including myself, about the need to improve the defense, especially at free safety, but, speed kills in opening up the passing game. The Chiefs do not just need another receiver, they need a legitimate deep threat. Cooks is only 5 feet 10, but, he is both quick and fast. Some, such as Jonathan Baldwin were fast, but, were not quick enough to get into their strides. Cooks gets separation very quickly and can out run many DBs. Not a 40 yet at the Combines, but, last year, he ran the sixty meters in just over 6 in Seattle at the Dub. Plus, he is an excellent punt return guy. Yes, I know Merlin and others want Mike Evans, but, he should go early, as well as Watkins. So, that leaves the excellent receivers from FSU and LSU, but, they might fall earlier to others. What I really like about Cooks is his ability to gain separation very early in his patterns and he can fly. Projected, at the moment for perhaps the early 2nd round, look for him to gain notice in the Combines as his 40 comes into play.

    But, Alex Smith is a legitimate Pro Bowler, no matter if he was added. Funny thing about that “game manager tag” on him, as I was reading reports, this AM from sfgate about the problems Kaepernick faces in developing. The last play of the Seahawks brought the comments to mind that he needs to stay in the pocket and go through his progessions and not just throw to the receiver his OC had called for. Case in point was Boldin was getting open, when, Kaepernick tried to throw over the top to Crabtree. His first interception was due to following the OC’s call to throw to the sidelines, while, other receivers were open. A game manager knows to go through progressions. Really happy to see Harbaugh with his development problem while Reid has his real leader upon the playing field.

  • Troy Utt

    Jason, There is no way to say this & not sound like a homer, but…
    Alex Smith played as well as most any QB in the NFL over the last half of the season… Given the tools I believe Smith will continue on next season where he left off in Indy this year. As there is much to be said for being in a stable & competent coaching enviroment for the first time in over seven years… Kudo’s to Johnson as well!!! While it sucks that Bowman got hurt DJ has been overlooked here in KC for years, & he deserves the personal accolades! With Pro-Bowl voting having been a joke this is one year that statistically the voters got the LB’s right!
    Congrat’s to Smith, Johnson, and the rest of KC’s Pro-Bowler’s!
    WAR CHIEFS!!!

    • JimHarbaughsguys

      Well it certainly ends the “Alex has never been a Pro Bowl QB” talk. This coming after JH supposedly got the most out of Alex as possible and Alex had reached his “potential” (God I hate that freaking word now).

      JH’s true ability as a premier HC is now in question. If he was such a QB guru, how come Kap can’t play the position as well as just about any other QB in the NFL? If JH is such a QB guru, how come Alex did just fine without him? The big “success” of JH was getting Alex to play well. Well, this year shows, that another HC can get him to play well. Which means maybe it wasn’t Alex Smith who sucked at all for so long. Maybe it was the coaching was so pathetic it drove him down.

  • Tristian Shelley

    Couldnt agree more bert. As I tell ppl especially 49er fans at the very least Alex Smith wouldnt have thrown that ball Sunday. He was the last 49er Qb to beat seattle in Seattle. When there is a great defense on the other side taking what they give u is exactly what you want. You saw Russell Wilson. He faced a great defense yesterday too. He made the throws he had to make and when the opportunities were there then he took em. Against great defenses you get 3 or 4 throws in a game that u have to make. Wilson made those throws. Kapernick didnt and still hasnt shown he can especially against the best defenses. As a niner fan first ive watched every game of him and even joe Montana said it. He isnt good enough as a passer. Its funny how that’s what they needed Sunday to win. Thats what they needed last year too. He has elite running ability but ask Randall Cunningham Michael Vick Vince Young and a host of other QB’s if you win a championship just running. If not for the team around him outside of the 2 Green Bay games he wouldn’t have won any playoff games. When you put the game in his hands and take away his legs he is below average- average as a passer. And he is about to get 16-20 million a year so as far as im concerned our championship runs are all but over especially in the best division in football. Alex Smith deserves everything great that comes his way and this pro bowl invite will now be the only reason I even watch it cause I wasn’tgonna. Itll be a sneak peak into what Alex can do with weapons around him. Id like to see him signed to a 4 year 60 million dollar type deal. Alex Smith took 3 stool pigeons and a giraffe to an NFC championship. He had one elite player on that offense in Vernon Davis. No speed threat. Get him some playmakers and I promise you you will see greatness.

    • berttheclock

      Foot speed and quarterbacking. Look at the early Steve Young, who could beat you with his feet except at Tampa Bay. But, he learned under the masters to stay in the pocket and consider the end result. Shame that the one area Trent Baalke has missed in his drafting and evaluating position is the wide out position. This has resulted in having Vernon Davis, a great TE, as the one big deep threat. My argument about Brandon Cooks comes from reading an excellent breakdown at sfgate/niners, this AM, about the needs of the Niners. I don’t remember who wrote the article, but, try to look it up. It was on the right side of the articles concerning the Niners. Funny thing about the article was the Niners are very similar to the Chiefs in needing upgrades to both their receiving corps and at safety

      • Stan

        Believe me the 9ers safeties are way better than ours and their receiving core is better than ours. They have Crab, Vernon and Boldin and we have only Bowe. If the Chiefs get a TE like Vernon and a very good FS we’ll be in the playoffs for a long time.

    • Stan

      I’m so happy for Alex. As you are, I am a long time 9ers faithful. Season ticket holder since 1971 and a fan since high school (1957). Alex got a raw deal from Harbaugh and the 9ers. He’ll bring KC a championship, I really believe that. Go Chiefs!!!!

    • micah stephenson

      “Against great defenses you get 3 or 4 throws in a game that u have to make. Wilson made those throws. Kapernick didnt and still hasnt shown he can especially against the best defenses” “When you put the game in his hands and take away his legs he is below average- average as a passer”…….That’s how most people feel about Alex.

      • hmmm

        No, that is how YOU feel about Alex…

    • JimHarbaughsguys

      Wilson remains calm no matter what happens. I mean, look how that game began. It couldn’t have started off any worse for the kid. But did you see him sulk? Nope. Not one bit.

      Wilson has perfect demeanor. He never gets too high or too low. After Wilson scored his TD’s did he do some stupid dance or kiss his biceps or some such nonsense? Nope.

      Alex Smith is from the same mold. Charles even commented on it when asked about Alex’s leadership skills. He is consistent. You keep hearing how fans or coaches want this “fiery guy” to lead them. Well, fiery guys get caught up in the emotion of the moment. When that happens, they don’t see things. Like Boldin/Davis/Patton wide open to the left, and Crabtree covered. All Kap saw was what he thought was single coverage (it really wasn’t). Guys who remain calm aren’t caught up in the moment and make the correct decisions (AKA Alex in Detroit or NO).

      And counter to belief, QB’s don’t just develop this ability. They either have it or they don’t. Wilson is in his 2nd year and he showed it his rookie year. Joe Montana as well.

  • berttheclock

    Speaking of a QB being able to run, Alex Smith has shown he is a very gutsy runner. On a few occasions, his running was by design, but, unfortunately, far too often, he was forced out of the pocket as there was NO pocket. He needs far better speed at wide out and an offensive line which can pass block consistently. Somewhere in the draft, I’m sure Dorsey will find more offensive line help. Mr Smith deserves it.

  • micah stephenson

    Bah haa haa! Lol. I see some people clowning koper. Last yr when Alex got his annual concussion, Kop came in and was one blowned call away from winning the Superbowl. this year, his first full season, he is one pass away from getting back to the Superbowl, against the best team in the lg. On the other hand they will go on and on talkin bout how good Alex is, and saying he is all this and that. Cut it out.

    • Chiefsred

      Micah the douche has spoken.

      • micah stephenson

        watch yo mouth p*ss! And don’t hide behind a fake name just to call me names. Chiefsred has 3 Comments total, all calling me names. Don’t hide like a lil bitch man. We on the internet, so it ain’t like I can f*ck you up, so why hide?

        • Chiefsred

          You will forever be know from now on as Micah the douche or “the douche” for short. We are bored of you.

          • http://www.arrowheadaddict.com Patrick Allen

            Chiefsred please don’t resort to personal attacks. Michah’s Alex schtick may be a little old but you can just ignore his opinion if you don’t like it.

            I want to keep the comments here civil and fun. I encourage everyone to use the voting function. If there is a comment you don’t like, downvote it. Don’t call people names.

            Appreciate it!

          • micah stephenson

            Do I seem like the type of person that cares if YOU are bored with me? I may go hard on Alex but there are enoigh people who like my comments, agree with me, and tell me to keep it up.

          • Chiefsred

            So you have found your calling to be a douche and hate on our QB. I support the team you support your ego.

          • micah stephenson

            I guarantee you, I support the team more! I just go hard on Alex, and that’s ok, when yall go hard on Lewis or Avery, I don’t say much. Everybody likes and dislikes different players.

          • micah stephenson

            The name callin is stupid. If you have something to say about football then say it. When you go to disrepecting me that’s a whole different thing. I’d like you to come to my neighborhood and see how long that disrepecting ANYBODY last you before you get get handled.

          • http://www.arrowheadaddict.com Patrick Allen

            Hey man, let’s remember I’ve had to talk to you in the past about name-calling as well. Everyone slips up. Let’s just remember we are all Chiefs fans and I think we’ll get along a heck of a lot better.

          • micah stephenson

            Name calling and disrespecting people is not my style. You can search every single comment I’ve posted and you will see I’ve only called people names in response to them calling me names FIRST. I’ve heard the best thing to do is ignore the person and just walk away but I’m still working on that part of myself. I feel you have to give respect to get respect, so I try not to disrepect.

    • Margo McKinney

      Alex was one muffed punt away from being in the SB or have you conveniently forgotten that?

      • micah stephenson

        No

        • Tristian Shelley

          He turned? Im sure the defense turned that into a playoff loss but u know what micah? When alex gets his extention ill look forward to your negative comments about how he doesn’t deserve it etc. Im not gonna waste energy on arguing with you. 99 % of chiefs nation disagrees with you along with the entire organization and thats all thats all that matters. You can keep denying Alex all you want. But ur still gonna have ur ass firmly planted every time they play next year even if it is just to see if Alex slips up. When he dosent ur negativity will disappear. We all look foward to that day coming very soon

      • Tristian Shelley

        No he conveniently mentions negative points on Alex Smith but Even Kaps stats say he isnt anywhere near Alex Smith as a overall Qb. The 49ers were 30th in passing. Jacksonville Tennessee and Oakland had better passing games than the 49ers. How many excuses will micah come up with for that one? If u say injuries then brady and wilson who combined for over 60 Tds wouldn’t have had good passing attacks either and wilson moreso who had 3 starting olineman missing for over 6 weeks. He still despite no number 1 or 2 had 30 passing Tds. What’s your excuse for that micah?

        • micah stephenson

           Jacksonville Tennessee and Oakland had better passing games than the 49ers….that your own personal opinion? It b hard to find very many people who agree with that.

        • micah stephenson

          How can 3 teams b worse than 30th? It would take 33 teams for that to b possible.

        • micah stephenson

          Your comment is all over the place so I don’t know exactly what you are asking my excuse is for. One thing I do know is both Brady and Wilson is getting it done with WHOEVA plays wr, it don’t matter who you put out there, they will elevate they play. Alex on the other hand has to have Bowe, who is better than any seahawk or pat wr,, plus Charles, now he needs another wr, and a TE, and a oline that gives him all day, and this, and that, and this, and that.

        • JimHarbaughsguys

          Kap had TD passes to only 3 guys in 19 games played!
          Alex had TD passes to 4 guys in a single game vs Indy!

          Alex exceeded Kap’s TD season targets by 1 in a single game alone. That is how pathetic Kap is next to Alex. Heck. Chad Henne had TD passes to 9 different targets! That has to be a record of puke. How can a QB be on a winning team, play 19 full games and only have TD passes to 3 guys. Take 1 TD away, and it becomes 2 guys for a whole season?

    • JimHarbaughsguys

      Funny. For a guy who supposedly likes Kop, it is Kap you dimwit. Way to joke about concussions too. Makes you a strong man! Grrrrrr!

  • Rock

    10 all stars. 0 playoff wins. Fail

  • erocks49ers

    Oh Micah have a Choke a Cola with Kaepernik. 2 times in the spotlight. 2 times he choked. I’m sure he can buy a ticket to watch the pro bowl from the stands

    • micah stephenson

      I would call it a missed call 1 yr and this yr more of a good play by Sherman than a Choke by kop. Does anybody even go to or watch the probowl?

      • erocks49ers

        So what your saying is it’s not CKs fault. Like that muffed kick that kept the 9ers out of the Superbowl and Bowe not being able to keep 2 feet in not being Smiths fault.

        Not many watch the pro bowl but whats more important is of 32 QBs only 6 are going. That 3 per conference. Sure he’s replacing Brady but there were 13 other QBs to choose from. When people say “he’s a pro bowl QB” that holds a lot of weight. Unless of course your Matt Cassel