Chief Concerns: David Schroeder
Really it could have been part 10. Or at least it feels that way whenever I see someone saying that Alex Smith is holding the Kansas City Chiefs back.
7-0… Let that sink in for a moment… 7-0!
That’s the Kansas City Chiefs record as the NFL season hits week 8 and the Chiefs are on the verge of one of the greatest one season turnarounds in the history of sports.
But still, the Chiefs do have their critics who point to the combined record of their opponents. And those same critics also point at the manner the Chiefs are winning and especially at Alex Smith’s lack of what Jim Irsay might call Star Wars numbers… which I still don’t get.
Those same critics will tell you that Smith’s astounding 26-5-1 record since 2011 is all smoke and mirrors and that his teams are winning more as a result of the pieces he had around him in San Francisco… Great defense, great running game… all he had to do was to “not make mistakes” and execute a simple offense…
They’ll also tell you that at some point he won’t be able to help you win the important games when he has to… You may want to ask Drew Brees about that (see 2011/12 playoffs).
Bottom line… to win with Alex Smith you have to have the right pieces around him.
Well guess what… the Chiefs apparently HAVE ALL THOSE PIECES AROUND HIM! That great defense that all you have to do is keep them in a good starting field position… that great running back and running game…. just enough playmakers on offense and special teams… And to add to that, a quick thinking QB that can take a busted play on a goal line and almost make it look like a designed trick play. Amarite Houston Texans linebacker no. 59 Whitney Mercilus?
Another bad rap the Chiefs have gotten for Smith is that they gave up a second round draft pick for him. Well let’s just look at the potential options the Chiefs had with that 34th overall second round pick. I’ll pick and choose here what players I believe Chiefs may have been interested in had they had that pick and no Alex Smith…
Justin Hunter (34) WR drafted by Tennessee (caught just 3 balls all year!).
Zach Ertz (35) TE (13 receptions this year, meh). Edge goes to Alex Smith
Manti Te’o (38) ILB (not even touching that one). Please… Edge goes to Alex Smith
Geno Smith (39) QB (Well looky here…) Yes, it’s true… Geno was actually available for the Chiefs in the second round had they had that pick. And to be fair… Geno has shown flashes of potential this season. He’s also shown plenty of instances of being a typical rookie and being the proverbial “project” at quarterback. So while the Chiefs may be throwing downfield more with Geno versus Alex, it’s very doubtful the Chiefs would be undefeated as Geno would almost certainly made some of the same errors that have cost the Jets this season. TBD but for now edge goes to Alex Smith. Ask me again in five years.
One other thing to consider is that the Chiefs were able to sign undrafted free agent Tyler Bray. If you factor that in with the whole Alex Smith vs. Geno Smith argument… the Chiefs may just have come away with their QB of the future as well as their QB of the present and maybe the steal of the 2013 NFL Draft.
Bray has an absolute howitzer for an arm and possesses every physical tool you could want in a quarterback. The knock on Bray… decision-making, too much of a gunslinger mentality, leadership, and taking care of the football…. So let me ask you this. What better coach and QB to learn from than Alex Smith? What better example on leadership, the importance of taking care of the football, making smart decisions as a QB, maximizing strengths and minimizing those afore-mentioned weaknesses.
My take… those critics of the Chiefs and Alex Smith aren’t seeing the big picture. Andy Reid and John Dorsey came to this team with a plan… a plan that is obviously ahead of schedule right now… and the Chiefs aren’t only positioning themselves for a serious playoff run right now, but also for years to come.