Alex Smith: Is The Kansas City Chiefs QB Better Than Peyton Manning?


Part of being a part of such a diverse sports website such as FanSided means I get the opportunity to read fellow bloggers posts about my Kansas City Chiefs.

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Lately I have been delving into enemy territory, going to other AFC West blogs on FanSided to see what they have been talking about. If you do not do this on a regular basis, I would suggest doing so. This affords Chiefs fans a look into what is not only being said about Kansas City, but what is being said about its competition.

In my weekly look at some of the other teams I came across, this post from Predominately Orange’s Sayre Bedinger.

Jan 11, 2015; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning (18) in the 2014 AFC Divisional playoff football game against the Indianapolis Colts at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports

In his post he talks about an interview that former Broncos tight end Joel Dreessen had with Les Shapiro and Woody Paige. In it, he discusses Denver quarterback Peyton Manning and his presence in the locker room. Dreessen was asked if he thinks Manning holds players to higher levels because he is always seen coaching up the offensive line, running backs and/or receivers. The most intriguing part of the interview was when he questioned if Manning is unwilling to sacrifice his body the way he asks the players around him to.

Dec 21, 2014; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith (11) looks to throw the ball against the Pittsburgh Steelers during the first half at Heinz Field. Mandatory Credit: Jason Bridge-USA TODAY Sports

I’ll say this: Alex Smith is willing to put his body on the line. Yes, Smith and Manning are different quarterbacks. Smith is younger and more mobile. Manning is more precise and airs it out. But on the 3rd-and-5 play that was mentioned, Smith would have taken off knowing that the game was on the line and the offense needed a spark. He may not be a deep-ball threat, and he had to run on occasion due to the lack of production from receivers, but at least he’s willing to. It would seem that Manning is trying to chase that second ring, as if getting it will somehow make his amazing career seem more impressive. He’s one of the greatest, but at some point, he needs to step away and let the next man up take over.

Now I know this post is not necessarily about the Chiefs, but Manning affects them. Kansas City has never topped Manning since he put on the nasty orange of Denver. Now with Kubiak taking over, and Adam Gase (more than likely) leaving to go somewhere else, it seems that Manning may very well hang it up since he will be dealing with an entirely new regime. This could very well mean that the Chiefs will not defeat Manning while he is in Denver, but if his retirement paves a smoother road to the playoffs, then so be it.

What say you, Addicts? Will Peyton Manning call it a career? Does the AFC West still run through Denver? Sound off below!

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