Chief Concerns: John Munoz
According to Major Sports Wires, the Trade for Quarterback Alex Smith is Going to Happen.
Tentative terms of the deal between quarterback Alex Smith and the Kansas City Chiefs will be a 2013 second-round draft pick and a conditional pick in 2014 to the San Francisco 49ers. In addition, Smith is due $7.5 million from the 49ers this year as this is the last year of his contract. Is this price too steep? Maybe; but if you sit back and truly analyze the quarterback “talent” in this years’ draft, is there any one that can stepright in and play for the Kansas City Chiefs this season as a starter?
In my last blog about Alex Smith,I did not believe that he was a quarterback of the future; nor a “franchise quarterback.” Yet it seems that Head Coach Andy Reid, General Manager John Dorsey and many others on our Chief Concerns’ Facebook Page see it differently, I on the other hand do not.
Here are my reasons why. In 2005, Alex Smith’s rookie year in which he was the first overall pick, he played only nine games before being removed from lineup by Head Coach Mike Nolan after suffering several knee injuries. During those nine games, he passed for one touchdown while throwing eleven interceptions.
The following year Smith played the full season. He ended the year with a quarterback rating of 74.8%, throwing 16 touchdowns and 16 interceptions. This was a definite improvement after his rookie year.
During 2007 while playing against the Seattle Seahawks, Alex Smith was sacked by Seahawks’ defensive tackle Rocky Bernard. Smith suffered a Grade Three separation of his right shoulder – which happened to be his throwing arm . Team doctors determined that surgery would not be necessary. Smith was out for the next three games. After returning to the lineup on October 28, he managed to play until November 12th in which the 49ers were ironically playing the Seattle Seahawks again , Coach Mike Nolan determined that Alex Smith was not yet well enough to play. He was replaced by Trent Dilfer and was placed on injured reserve on December 11th to give the shoulder time to heal. After further review, it was determined by an orthopedic surgeon that the shoulder had not healed properly and Smith would have a surgery on his shoulder which ended his 2007 season.
Alex Smith returned in 2008 and played in two preseason games as the 49ers second-string quarterback and on September 10, Smith was again placed on injured reserve after being diagnosed with a broken bone in his shoulder which was caused by a wire left in his shoulder during his earlier surgery ending his 2008 season.
Alex Smith did not fare much better in the 2009 where he played as the 49ers backup quarterback. Against the Houston Texans in Week Seven, Smith was called in to replace an ineffective first-string quarterback Shawn Hill after a 21-0 first half. The following day, Alex Smith was named the San Francisco 49ers starting quarterback. He won only three of the seven remaining games left that year.
In 2010, Alex Smith returned to the starting quarterback position. Once again in Week Seven, he suffered another shoulder injury in a game against the Carolina Panthers. He was replaced in Week Eight by quarterback Troy Smith. Troy was the starter until Week 13 when poor play once again placed Alex Smith back as the starting quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers. He finished the season as their starter.
Getting hard to follow? You bet!
For the first time in 2011, we saw Alex Smith not only as a good starting quarterback but as a team leader. Smith was the starting quarterback for the entire season. He led the San Francisco 49erst to a 13-3 record and a trip into the post-season where things came to a grinding halt in the NFC Conference Championship Game with a 20-17 loss to the New York Giants.
Alex Smith once again ushered in 2012 as the 49ers starting quarterback. After a 6-2 start, Smith suffered a concussion in Week Nine against the St. Louis Rams. Backup quarterback Colin Kaepernick to replace the injured Smith. Head Coach Jim Harbaugh announced that the starting quarterback position would be made on a week-to-week basis. The stellar play by Kaepernick, who led the San Francisco 49ers to Super Bowl XLVII in a losing effort against the Baltimore Ravens, ended Alex Smith’s 2012 year.
Now it seems that all that needs to be done is for pen to be put to paper and on March 12th, the beginning of the “New Year” in the National Football League, Alex Smith will be a Kansas City Chief.
Is Alex Smith the future quarterback for the Chiefs, or a temporary fix until someone better comes along? I still believe we need obtain one of the better quarterbacks in April’s draft to attempt to develop into a “franchise quarterback.” If not, some serious offensive line help is going to be needed if Alex Smith is going to be afforded any kind of protection. Only time will tell.
In Chairman and CEO Clark Hunt, General Manager John Dorsey, and Head Coach Andy Reid I trust; Alex Smith as a “franchise quarterback” for the Kansas City Chiefs, not so much.