Video: The Alex Smith “Deep Ball” Myth


YouTube user “Clutch Gene” uploaded this clip video of a bunch of deep passes by a guy who is not supposed to be able to throw deep passes.

One of the criticisms of Alex Smith has been his ability to throw the deep ball. What this video above shows is Smith has the ability to throw the ball downfield in spades. The real question is whether or not the willingness or play-calling has been there for him in Kansas City to show off his arm.

Keep in mind the Chiefs do not have a consistent deep ball threat. Donnie Avery has the speed to go down field but his ability to get open is not very good and his hands will fail him from time to time. Bowe is not known for his deep ball ability, either. A.J. Jenkins is seen more as a Dexter McCluster replacement rather than a deep ball threat. In fact, Jenkins inability to get open down field is why he was traded by San Francisco.

This draft plus another year of Andy Reid’s system being taught during practice may see more risks taken down field. Should those deep pass plays be called we know Smith has the arm ability to get the ball to the receiver.

Kudos to this guy for being the first one I saw tweet out the video:

 

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  • Stacy D. Smith

    Damnit man. I’m trying to watch this, but my phone is lagging and we can’t get YouTube here in the office.

    • Ben Nielsen

      Stupid work.

      • Deadmeat

        Wah? I am at work drinking a beer and playing on my iPad. Love my job!

        • Ben Nielsen

          Can you get Stacy a job there?

          • Deadmeat

            If he works for beer. We got a deal!

    • Lewis Rigor

      Hey Stacy if I happen to fly into KC I will extend you an opportunity to fly back seat.

  • PunjabiPete

    Mmmm… you’re missing out, Stacy :P

    For me this is preaching to the choir. Reinforcing what I already knew but I could watch that video numerous times. Your write up is also an astute observation. Smith could go deep every time, Dwayne Bowe is not built for deep throws, and Avery can get back there but then is more apt to drop the pass than anything else. We need someone who can both get deep AND catch, and then we will be in business.

  • Casey Enyeart

    We need a Vernon Davis!!

    • Ben Nielsen

      That’d be useful, yeah.

    • Suzi Conger

      you are right Casey! VDavis is the only 9er that I miss; full of integrity and talent. No wonder he and Alex had such ‘magic’ together and are good buds; their personna is very similar.

      • berttheclock

        Yes, and who found Davis? None other than Scott McCloughan, who was the GM who really found the talent. Remember his great 2007 draft? With Seattle, he was the one who found Richard Sherman, Doug Baldwin and Russell Wilson for John Schneider. Should he be able to have his family problems work out, he is going to go into private scouting. I just hope John Dorsey cuts a deal with him. Baalke is fine in his own right, but, McCloughan was THE MAN who built this current team in the Bay.

      • mnelson52

        I hope Kelce can be that guy. I believe that D & R believes he is. Fasano missed very few games till 2013. I hope this year he is back to the form that lit up the Chiefs when he played for Miami. If both stay healthy, a 2 TE set could be great for Alex with Charles out of the backfield.

        • Suzi Conger

          Agreed!! I have big hopes for Kelce and I do like Fasano too. I really hope Dressler works out here, too. I like his mentality and athletic ability…seems like another Dex, but with superior ‘hands’, fewer drops

    • JimHarbaughsguys

      Vernon’s contract is up in 2015. Kap doesn’t throw him the ball when he’s open in clutch time (Super Bowl, Title game). I know he isn’t happy about that. He knows Alex would find him open for the winning score.

      If I’m KC, I make a huge push to get Vernon. It’s a shame really. You guys haven’t really been able to see Alex’s best passes because you don’t have the dominant TE who runs the seam and deep middle. And Alex is best throwing in the middle of the field.

  • Lewis Rigor

    That’s my man. That is only a sample of what he is capable of doing and I pray Chief fans continue to embrace this guy as he will not disappoint

  • hipnetic

    This one actually made the rounds a while ago. What’s even more impressive is that the vast majority of his deep passes were close to the sidelines.

    • Suzi Conger

      you are right hipnetic; I posted this great film about 3-4 weeks ago on numerous FB Chiefs sites…fun to watch. “Thank you Alex Smith” by 49er fans, youtube.com is very fun to see also; Catch I, Montana Catch II SYoung Catch III AlexSmith vs NO

  • Daniel Mayfield

    I hope they can get better with the deep passes. Bowe is capable with those passes. I’ve seen it. He showed it before. His age will catch up with him.

    Hemingway showed he “could” do it. Rather he would be contestent with it is the question.

    Will Reid be able to upgrade Hemingway, Jenkins, or Avery? That’s a BIG question. That’s why I would love to see them get a higher rated WR then their #2, Avery.

    But I’ve seen 1st round WRs bust. So, maybe go for a WR with their 2nd or 3rd pick.

    • Suzi Conger

      For Alex to execute deep passes, the OLine has to afford him the time needed, which they were unable to accomplish until the second half of ’13 season… the following is a great report by PFF regarding our OLine and AlexSmith (an AA article, you may have seen it already) http://www.arrowheadaddict.com/2014/04/07/alex-smith-pressure Our present OLine is of even greater concern. It seems a big mistake to let GSchwartz go…BA and asamoa are fine gone, imho… I’m having nightmares at what SF’s D is gonna do to our OL, thus hammering Alex, stalling execution and raising injury risk… hope I’m wrong

      • Daniel Mayfield

        Don’t start losing your hope already. We have no idea how well they will be. I regret them losing some players.
        Keep your chin up, nothing is impossible.

        • Suzi Conger

          Haven’t lost hope; just concerned..doesn’t look good. But, hope I’m wrong. I only regret schwartz leaving, and I’m hoping dressler is another ‘dex’, but with superior ‘hands’.. I like dresslers’ film. I’d love to see Alex have the adequate time to execute vs SF, as in reality, he is the superior QB to ck7; but then can our ‘died’ D contain ck7: I sure hope sutton gets his act together on adjustments, and studies Hawk’s film vs SF

          • Daniel Mayfield

            I don’t care about beating the 49ers. I’d just like to see them beat Denver the most.
            Well, actually… I’d like to see them champions of the division, but you get my point.

  • Stacy D. Smith

    Well worth the wait. That was a collection of some absolutely gorgeous throws. Several of those passes traveled 50 yards through the air. I watched probably five of throws off his back foot that traveled 40. I want someone to do this for all of his deep throws of 2013.

    • Ben Nielsen

      So many of those throws were flatfooted, too. Insane accuracy.

  • Tyler_KC_Fan

    Don’t show this to Micah. He won’t have a leg to stand on sense most of his points are about how “weak” Smith’s arm is.

    I want Cooks. Imagine that speed and range with that arm. Him or Beckham.

    • berttheclock

      Neither will his new found buddy, trinity.

  • preston riley

    I’m pretty sure most, if not all, of the deep balls to antonio bryant were called back due to Quaame Harris holding penalties.

    • mnelson52

      That doesn’t change the fact that Smith could hit the receiver with the long ball

    • John Walsh

      I’m still looking for the Kwame Harris video that used to be on YouTube and other sites. Do you remember that one? The last segment was run to the sound of Benny Hill’s music. Not only did he have TD’s called back, he suffered a considerable pounding from getting sacked. Looks like the NFL squashed it all over the net.

  • berttheclock

    Hey, Ben, do a Cousin Vinny and just say, :Your honor, I rest my case”.

  • KCMikeG

    The best is yet to come. This year we will add a deep threat and have healthy TE’s who aren’t fresh off the street. Look how much Alex made us love the Beard. Now he will be the 3rd stringer with Kelce & Fasano back.