The Kansas City Chiefs have found a quarterback that can help them get to the next level, and they need to lock him up. Over the past three seasons, Alex Smith has shown he has what it takes to win games. Smith started 16 games this season when you include the playoffs, and he compiled 4,179 total yards and 28 total touchdowns with just seven interceptions.
Smith is not the reason the Chiefs kept their playoff losing streak (now at eight games) alive. He put his team in a great position to win after Jamaal Charles went down early in the game against the Indianapolis Colts. Smith got increasingly more comfortable with the offense as the season progressed and proved he is not just a game manager. Kansas City’s offense came alive late in the season, but unfortunately as the offense progressed, the defense collapsed — and you can’t blame Smith for that.
The Chiefs gave the San Francisco 49ers two second-round picks for him, and they have no reason to give up anything else in search of a quarterback. You don’t need 5,000 yards and 40 touchdown passes to win a Super Bowl. A smart, efficient quarterback can get the job done — just ask Ben Roethlisberger or Joe Flacco. GM John Dorsey shared his evaluation of Smith via the team website.
“I think he’s everything that I thought he would be. As the season went along, you could see him getting more comfortable with the offense; you could see him actually taking more shots down the field, because that’s his comfort with the actual offense.”
With an inconsistent line forcing him to buy time with his legs and very little help from his pass-catchers, Smith did a tremendous job of either winning or keeping the games competitive. Last Friday, Smith said neither he nor his agent has heard anything about an extension, and that needs to change. The Chiefs need to lock down the 29-year old QB as soon as possible.