Alex Smith and the West Coast offense in 2016
The Chiefs need some explosiveness, and maybe Hill can give them that constant threat. On the other hand, though, it’s unclear just how effective Jamaal Charles will be when he returns to full health.
Since Smith came to Kansas City in 2013, the Chiefs are 33-19. Don’t get me wrong, that’s a solid record that Chiefs fans should be proud of. But this is 2016, and the Chiefs want to move forward to contend.
The early season struggles of the Chiefs don’t solely fall on the shoulders of Smith and Reid’s offensive play calling. The defense has had its fair share of struggles, too. After last year’s 1-5 start, fans are rightfully concerned about what direction the team is heading.
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At the end of the day, Smith is at his best when he has a high completion percentage, throws for about 250 yards, a couple touchdowns and avoids turnovers. That’s the “vintage” Smith that Chiefs fans should hope for. But, he needs some help from receivers and running backs.
Am I recommending the Chiefs make a quarterback change? No. Smith has earned the opportunity to lead this team, and I still think he could turn things around. But at this point, are they in a position to contend for a Super Bowl? Absolutely not.
At some point Kansas City has to jump to the next level. They must win big games against big-named teams in 2016. The talent and personnel are there. The team’s first game out of the bye week against Oakland will be the biggest test of the season.
Who knows, maybe Smith will put together another 10-game winning streak or something like that.
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