Alex Smith should not be your scapegoat

ARLINGTON, TX - NOVEMBER 05: Alex Smith
ARLINGTON, TX - NOVEMBER 05: Alex Smith /
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ARLINGTON, TX – NOVEMBER 05: Alex Smith
ARLINGTON, TX – NOVEMBER 05: Alex Smith /

Kansas City Chiefs vs Dallas Cowboys

This was by far in my mind Smith’s worst game of the year. After this game was when the real talk about Alex Smith not playing well came out on social media. Pro Football Focus even put out a tweet asking if the offense continues down this path after the bye week, is it time for rookie quarterback Patrick Mahomes?

I think taking Smith out at this point would just be absolutely ridiculous. This was Smith’s second bad game of the season, first being the one against the Steelers. While it was a pretty bad game, I don’t see this being an ongoing problem.

After attacking the number two defense in the league, maybe the best secondary in the league, in the deep and intermediate routes, we didn’t see the same against a lesser opponent. The Dallas Cowboys went with the Steelers scheme of playing a cover two zone defense. Smith struggled once again being able to read the defense pre-snap and attack it properly.

This game, much like the Steelers one, just felt all too familiar. We saw Smith get happy feet on a handful of snaps, we saw Smith completely miss wide open receivers downfield that could have been scoring plays, and we saw him completely give up on plays.

Smith has played against some really good front seven defenses this year but somehow this cover two zone defense has given him the most trouble. We saw him get happy feet and his pocket presence almost disappears at times.

In this play, Smith saw a phantom that we couldn’t clearly see on television since they don’t show up through a camera lens and ended up throwing the ball at Hunt’s feet.

I counted about 7 or 8 plays that Smith missed receivers come wide open against the Cowboys. Many of them had potential to be a touchdown. Another issue that reminds fans of last season.

All around Smith just had a bad game. Something that didn’t help the matter is Andy Reid gave up on the run game again like he did against the Steelers and once again only gave the ball to Hunt a total of 9 times. Hunt had 3 carries in the first drive of the second half and never rushed another snap.

Smith also threw his first interception when trying to make tight window throws to get back into the game late. The offense had too many pre-snap penalties making a difficult job even harder as the game went on.