The season is over and the thrill of the off-season is approaching. John Dorsey has made his worth known when it comes to the offseason. The rumors of him possibly leaving have died down, but John Dorsey still has quite the legacy in Kansas City.
Last week I took a glance at John Dorsey’s draft classes and the impact they have had. This week, I take a look at the impact decisions made in trading and free agency. On the heels of a disappointing playoff loss, some good memories will be just what we all need to get spirits lifted again.
Our journey begins not too long after John Dorsey was officially hired on as the next general manager of the Kansas City Chiefs on January 14, 2013. Getting to work right away, his next few moves seeing some bottom-tier and non-impact players being released. The first impact move made was the trade for Alex Smith.
That name alone sparks many controversies. To this day, there is still a huge split in the Kingdom over Smith. I was in attendance at the game Sunday night, and on a play where Smith was under pressure and running to keep the play alive, he missed spotting an open receiver. One fan behind me went off on Smith and wanting a replacement. One fan beside me stood up in defense of Alex.
Despite this, I think all of Chiefs Kingdom can agree that the trade for Smith was the biggest trade deal to date for John Dorsey and has brought a surprising amount of good to Kansas City. Alex Smith officially became a Chief March 12, 2013. Kansas City gave up a second round draft pick that year and a conditional pick for the next year that turned into a second round pick as well.
Alex Smith has been the best quarterback to suit up for the Chiefs since Trent Green last took the field. This cannot be argued. His stats with Kansas City have totaled 13,566 yards, 76 touchdowns, and 28 interceptions. That’s all good for a yearly average of 3,391.5 yards, 19 touchdowns, seven interceptions, and an average completion percentage of 64.6 (rounded up from 64.575). Certainly that is not elite, but it’s also not terrible by any means.