Kansas City Chiefs Training Camp Profile: Alex Smith

By Andrew Fisher
Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

One of the most interesting deals from this offseason was the Kansas City Chiefs trade for quarterback Alex Smith. With Andy Reid coming to town, a QB change was inevitable in KC, and it looks like the Chiefs possibly got the best one on the market this spring.

Smith comes to Kansas City with much to prove. After being kicked to the curb by the 49ers following a concussion, you’d think he’s probably developed a chip on his shoulder. It finally seemed like Smith had proved his critics wrong, but yet again he was basically told he wasn’t good enough.

People have been critical of Smith since the moment he was taken No. 1 overall in the 2005 draft. I guess it comes with the territory, but still, Smith has faced an unfair share of negative comments over the past seven seasons. However, 2013 is the beginning of a new chapter, and one that has a lot of potential for the now veteran QB.

The pairing of Smith and Reid will do wonders for both guys. We all saw the difference Jim Harbaugh made in Smith’s game, and it’s safe to say, that there won’t be any drop off in football knowledge under Reid’s tutelage.

Training camp is going to be all about getting used to Reid’s system for Smith. He was in a version of the west coast offense in San Francisco, but I’m willing to bet Reid’s playbook has a few more pages. There won’t be a shortage of weapons for Smith to throw to, as the Chiefs have a pretty stacked receiver corps. At the same time, he’ll have Jamaal Charles to hand off to all season.

Things are starting to turn around in KC, and Alex Smith is the main reason why.


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