Kansas City Chiefs: Stop the Insanity!

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Dec 7, 2014; Glendale, AZ, USA; Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith (11) sits on the bench against the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium. The Cardinals defeated the Chiefs 17-14. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

It’s time to bench Alex Smith.

Alex Smith isn’t getting the job done as the Chiefs starting quarterback. Period.

Is the entire 2015 dumpster fire his fault? Definitely not, but when you are the quarterback and you’re making the big money you shoulder a bigger share of the blame. Yes, the play calling has been absurd. Yes, the offensive line play makes me want to puke. That doesn’t excuse Alex Smith’s failure to lead this offense. The quarterback position has been referred to as the “field general” and that is exactly what KC desperately needs right now. Someone to step up and lead this offense and make up for Reid’s shortcomings.

Alex Smith has failed to do so. Other quarterbacks have overcome bad offensive lines. Other quarterbacks wouldn’t allow Reid to mess up the two minute offense because they’d step up and lead it themselves. Other quarterbacks would rally the troops when things start to go bad not just shake their head and walk to the sideline. It’s not working and I think at this point in his career it’s safe to assume this is as good as Smith is ever going to get. So since this season is lost its time to see what someone else can do. It’s very possible that the other options may be even worse than Smith is, but for the last time…STOP THE INSANITY AND TRY SOMETHING DIFFERENT!!!!!

The Chiefs could go two different ways if they benched Smith. The first is to hand the reigns over to second string quarterback Chase Daniel. The problem there is that Daniel is a 29 year old veteran backup in the last year of his contract. The chances of Daniel ever becoming the Chiefs “answer” at quarterback are slim to none. That’s the reason many fans are clamoring for Aaron Murray (who I’ll get to in a moment). The reason I’m still in favor of giving Daniel a shot is to see how the offense responds. Daniel is much more experienced than Murray and has a greater chance to be successful. Plus, Daniel is the most charismatic quarterback on the roster. If anyone is going to step up and actually lead the offense, it’s Daniel. So I’d be in favor of at least giving Daniel a look before moving on to younger options. I’d love to see how the offense responded to someone that would provide a little personality and leadership to the position.

The other option would be to go directly to the aforementioned Murray. Murray is just 24 years old and the idea here would be to see what the Chiefs have in their young quarterback. If he fails miserably then they could commit 100% to drafting their quarterback of the future. If Murray does well enough then perhaps he earns the right to start in 2016 and beyond. There are certainly worse things to do in a lost season than find out if your future starting quarterback is already on your roster. If the Chiefs decided to go this route I wouldn’t be upset and could understand their thinking.

That having been said, I stick by my Daniel recommendation. The Chiefs offensive line has been a disaster and the NFL is littered with young QBs that had their careers derailed by getting clobbered early on and never being able to regain their confidence. Daniel is a veteran and an extremely mobile one at that. Having a quarterback that can keep his composure and avoid the rush would allow the Chiefs to better assess the other players on the offense to see if they should be counted on moving forward.

Regardless, the Chiefs need to sit Smith down. It’s not working and the sooner the Chiefs admit that the sooner they can begin to find a real solution at the most important position on the team.

Please Kansas City, it’s time to stop the insanity! The fans simply can’t take anymore of the “same old same old”.

As always, thanks for reading and GO CHIEFS!!!!!!!!