Chiefs Kingdom is clearly ready for Patrick Mahomes to start over Alex Smith
By Matt Conner
Andy Reid might not be making a quarterback switch in the very near future, but the rest of Chiefs Kingdom is largely ready for one.
The writing is on the wall for Alex Smith.
After the first five weeks of the NFL season, Alex Smith was leading the league’s most potent offense and enjoying a career resurgence that was changing the narrative on his “game manager” label into something more. Even at the halfway point, Smith was still very much in the conversation for NFL MVP. At this point, fans are calling for his head.
The NFL can change so much from week to week and one look at Smith’s stock shows just how much the winds can shift. That said, it’s clear at this point that fans are clamoring for someone new under center. Specifically fans are anxious to see Patrick Mahomes take snaps instead of sitting on the bench.
It’s not hard to see their perspective. Mahomes is the Promised Land, so to speak, a rookie with unlimited potential for a franchise that has never drafted a true icon at the game’s most important position. The incumbent, meanwhile, is laying eggs against teams that have been decimated by the rest of the NFL.
On Sunday, Smith managed a single touchdown and 10 overall points against a Buffalo Bills team that had surrendered 135 points in the previous three games. Against the New York Giants, a team with one previous win to their credit, the Chiefs couldn’t even make it into the end zone in an embarrassing 12-9 loss.
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Still Smith is likely going to start the next game and even the ones after that, which means Mahomes will be sitting. Andy Reid will likely stick by his man through thick and thin. That hasn’t stopped so many from expressing their desire to see Mahomes at any rate. Check out this sampling of social posts after the Chiefs’ most recent loss.