Chiefs Should Focus On Re-Signing Houston, Not Smith

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With OTA’s underway and the preseason still a couple of months off, all we can do as fans right now is hope no one gets injured and speculate on the various leaks and statements coming out about ongoing contract negotiations.

The focus has largely been about the future of QB Alex Smith, whose contract ends at the end of this playing season. Depending on who you ask, those talks are either going well or miserably and there do seem to be wildly different valuations of Smith floating around in the media.

Before we get deeper into that, I want you to look at the following numbers. These are the aggregate stats for three QB’s over the past three seasons. I took away the names so you can judge them more objectively.

QB 1

Completion percentage: 59.9%

TD-INT ratio: 51-33

Rushing TD’s: 1

Rushing yards: 406

QB 2

Comp. percentage: 64.0%

TD-INT ratio: 53-17

Rushing TD’s: 3

Rushing yards: 742

QB 3

Comp. percentage: 65.2%

TD-INT ratio: 90-49

Rushing TD’s: 2

Rushing yards: 133

Rather than try to guess which these guys are, just rank them based on which you think are the better QB’s according to these stats. My guess is that you ranked them QB3 first, then QB2, then QB1.

Of course, raw regular season stats don’t tell you how much this player was able to help the team at the end of the day. At the same time, QB’s can’t take total credit for wins and losses. Still, lets look at those numbers now.

QB 1

W-L: 22-14

Playoff appearances: 0

Playoff wins: n/a

QB 2

W-L – 30-9

Playoff appearances: 3

Playoff wins: 1

QB 3

W-L: 24-23

Playoff appearances: 0

Playoff wins: n/a

Now, if you’re like me, you probably had QB2 ranked as the second best out of this group, but the win-loss record and the playoff performances may bump him up to the top. It’s a matter of preference, really.

Either way, to cut to the chase, find out on the next page who these three QB’s are.

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