5 Ways QB Alex Smith Must Improve for Kansas City Chiefs in 2014

5 Ways Alex Smith Must Improve This Season

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Alex Smith was a consistent quarterback for the Kansas City Chiefs last season. He had a career-high in pass attempts, yards and touchdowns a year ago, but the Chiefs still lost in the first round of the playoffs. In order for the Chiefs to succeed further into the playoffs, Smith must be willing to change his game. Here are five areas in which Smith could improve and become the franchise quarterback.

5. Accuracy

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5. Accuracy

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While attempting 508 passes, Smith completed only 308 of them, good for 60.6 percent. However, that put him at 20th in the league. He finished 24th among quarterbacks with just 221 passing yards per game. Smith must be able to put the ball in tight areas and connect with his receivers on a more consistent basis if the Chiefs want to compete with the Denver Broncos.

4. Attempt More Deep Passes

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4. Attempt More Deep Passes

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Smith is not known for throwing a deep ball. According to Advancednflstats.com, Smith finished the 2013 season with 17.3 percent of his pass attempts going more than 15 yards in the regular season. That, surprisingly, wasn't the worst in the league. Smith needs to attack defenses and throw the ball to all parts of the field. If not, defenses can stack up in the box and play single coverage down field.

3. Avoid Injury

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3. Avoid Injury

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Smith has played in all 16 regular season games only twice in his career. While this is more the offensive line's fault, he must train and become more durable. He's dealt with shoulder injuries and concussions before. The Chiefs are relying heavily on Smith, and one devastating hit can put him out of action for weeks.

2. Make Dwayne Bowe a Superstar Again

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2. Make Dwayne Bowe a Superstar Again

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Dwayne Bowe was once a superstar wide receiver. It wasn't too long ago that he finished 1,162 yards and 15 touchdowns. In 2013, Bowe had 57 receptions and 673 yards, and those were his worst totals since the 2009 season. Smith needs to target Bowe a little more than seven times per game. With the explosion of Jamaal Charles, this should come easy in 2014.

1. Escape Pressure

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1. Escape Pressure

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Smith has been one of the most sacked quarterbacks in recent memory. He was sacked 44 times in 2011. That tradition continued with the Chiefs when he was sacked 39 times last year. While Smith is not the most mobile quarterback, he needs to find a way to escape pressure. Whether it's running out of the pocket or releasing the ball quicker, he needs to avoid defenses.

Bill Pivetz is a fantasy sports writer for Rant Sports. Follow him on Twitter @BPiv_Sports.


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