The Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith is being seen as a possible hindrance to the team’s postseason hopes. Would he benefit from bringing in another quarterback for some competition?
Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith has been labeled with the moniker “game manager” throughout his career. They call him this due to the fact that either through the game plan or by his own accord, Smith does not seem to push the ball through the air. Content to utilize the short pass and let his receivers do their thing, he’s not known for his big arm.
The fact that Alex is not a big name quarterback in terms of his production has a lot of Chiefs Kingdom calling for a new quarterback. Yes, Smith was not great in the game against the Pittsburgh Steelers, throwing for 152 yards through the air with 1 touchdown and 1 interception. Smith also only completed 58% of his passed and had an absymal passer rating of 69.7 during the one and only playoff game the Chiefs had in 2016.
Smith’s regular season was not the best either. Throwing for over 3,500 yards, with 15 touchdowns and eight interceptions, not great numbers by any means. However one positive stat to take away from the season was the fact he averaged a completion rate of 67% — his best as a Chief. It’s a little progress here and a little disappointment there for Smith, who seems to get better then get worse.
So with all the ups and downs, the positive and negatives of Smith as the Chiefs quarterback, would he perhaps benefit from a little competition?
Due to the fact that many think Smith cannot take the Chiefs to where they want to go there have been a few names thrown around about possible replacements for Smith, should they choose. According to OverTheCap.com, if the Chiefs were to cut Alex Smith before June 1st, it would amount to $9.7 million in cap savings, and only leave about $7 million in dead money for the team. While $9.7 might not seem like much, it could mean the difference in signing a player like safety Eric Berry or letting him walk.
However having over $7 million in dead money is not a feasible option for the team, so what options do they have for maybe replacing Smith? Well, one such option is to bring someone in at a low cost. One name that is being thrown around is the soon-to-be-released Tony Romo. Romo is an interesting idea for head coach Andy Reid and general manager John Dorsey.