Will the real Alex Smith please stand up?

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Nov 22, 2015; San Diego, CA, USA; Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith (11) speaks during a press conference following the game against the San Diego Chargers at Qualcomm Stadium. Kansas City won 33-3. Mandatory Credit: Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sports

The Chiefs and Smith have opened up the offense a bit. So far, it looks promising. Chiefs fans should be excited about the emergence of a more well-rounded offense. Just remember, there will be ups and downs. If Smith continue to get man-coverage with one deep safety, the stage will be set. If teams see what the deep ball can do on film and shift to a Cover-2 or Cover-3 shell, Smith’s unlikely to press the ball downfield. Be careful not to expect 5-6 deep passes like this in each contest.  He’ll look to the crossing routes as he did earlier in the season.

The bottom line

At the end of the day, Smith has the chance to take the reins of this offense and drive it. He doesn’t have to be a gunslinger. He doesn’t have to force things downfield. He just has to run the offense efficiently and continue to take shots when the circumstances are in his favor. In all likelihood, Smith has 22-30 games left in a Kansas City uniform. He can get a lot done by being who he is… Alex X.

Where are you on Smith, Addicts?  Give me your take in the comments.

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