Sep 3, 2015; St. Louis, MO, USA; Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith (11) and Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Chase Daniel (10) before the game between the St. Louis Rams and the Kansas City Chiefs during the first half at the Edward Jones Dome. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports
There’s Whiffing and There’s Whiffing
Should the Chiefs make a quarterback change? That question is “the” hot topic amongst K.C. fans right now. While I don’t care to weigh in on the matter at this time, I will say that I don’t foresee that happening during this season unless Alex Smith gets hurt (or mauled by a rabid fan).
However… I must say something about Alex Smith’s performance on Monday… and it’s not something I ever hope to get a “whiff” of again. Ever. Specifically, how does anyone… and by anyone, I mean any quarterback… ever turn a Hail Mary Pass play into a running play? It’s almost as if Alex Smith was out to give AS11-naysayers more ammunition. I heard the naysayers asking the question during the game… the question is still resounding now… “Why doesn’t Alex Smith just throw the _______ ball down field?”
There is flatulence that everyone in the room can smell… then there’s flatulence that will clear the room. This play was the latter. I hereby rename that play, “To Hell With Mary.”
That nickname probably stinks too. See… nothing good will ever come from that play.
The Kansas City Chiefs have not played a great game this season yet. The team has problems and that is evident. However, the reason the Chiefs have not played well vary with the fans who’s got the floor. I think the problem can best be described with… “Rock-Paper-Scissors.”
The problem with the offense is either, Alex Smith, Andy Reid or the offensive line… rock, paper, scissors.
For instance, if you argue that the problem is Alex Smith… someone else will argue that the real problem is the offensive line. If you argue that the problem is the offensive line… someone else will argue that the problem is Andy Reid’s play calling. You see the problem here? There’s more than one problem and so there’s obviously more than one answer to be sought.
The problem with understanding the problem in that way is… it still doesn’t help to say the problem is Andy Reid because he’s going nowhere right now. And, it doesn’t help to say the problem is the offensive line because what other options are there out there right now?
However, many fans are more comfortable with saying the problem is Alex Smith simply because they think that a change to Chase Daniel would be a simple solution.
The history of QB changes tells us that it usually doesn’t happen after game three of the season. Plus, what if a change is made then Daniel plays poorly? Do you send Alex Smith back out there with him knowing you don’t believe in him. That doesn’t sound like an Andy Reid tactic in the least. He likes to make moves that are supportive of the players involved. If he waited until nearly the end of 2014 to make a change at LG from Mike McGlynn to Jeff Linkenbach, do you think he’s going to make a change at the most important position on the field after three games?
Who knows? Stranger things have happened in the Chiefs organization.