Kansas City Chiefs select fourth 49ers quarterback since 1993

By Damon Salvadore
Dale Zanine-US presswire

Well, it’s all but in the books. The new starting quarterback of the Kansas City Chiefs will be Alex Smith next season.

This comes as no surprise, but there is a trend here. The Chiefs have now selected four quarterbacks from San Francisco 49ers since 1993. The quarterback position has not been friendly to Chiefs nation in recent memory with Trent Green being the best starter over the last decade. Three of these quarterbacks were traded directly from the 49ers to the Chiefs and one signed with the team.

Let’s take a look at the four.

In 1993, Joe Montana was traded to the Chiefs. That year, they would make it to the AFC Championship game with an 11-5 record. Montana combined for 29 touchdowns and 16 interceptions in 25 games as a member of the Chiefs. He was 17-8 as a Chiefs quarterback with two playoff wins.

During the time that Montana was running the show in Kansas City as a starter, the team had traded for Steve Bono. Ironically, Bono was a backup quarterback to Montana in San Francisco as well. Now he would get a chance to start. In 1995, Bono started every game and led the Chiefs to a 13-3 record and the No. 1 seed. However, the season ended in disappointment in the playoffs as Bono threw three interceptions and lose to the Indianapolis Colts 10-7. Jim Harbaugh was the Colts quarterback at the time.

Bono had 37 touchdowns and 27 interceptions in a Chiefs uniform.

This next one was a little different. Elvis Grbac was a free agent after serving as a 49ers backup for three years and the Chiefs made a move. Grbac had a decent Chiefs career consisting of 47 games in which he went 26-21. Similarly to Bono, Grbac led the Chiefs to the No. 1 seed, but lost to the Denver Broncos in the first playoff game. After the team decided to go with future quarterback Rich Gannon, Elvis had left the building.

Now we have Alex Smith, who has been traded from the 49ers. Only the future can tell us how he will do. Lately Smith has played very well, not turning the ball over, but that wasn’t always the case. Before coach Harbaugh arrived, Smith’s career total was 51 touchdowns to 53 interceptions.

We will see if Andy Reid can do what Harbaugh did with Smith.


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