SportsSchwab24's blog

27 Feb

Does Alex Smith Make the Chiefs a Contender?

        The last time the 49ers traded a quarterback to the Kansas City Chiefs it worked out pretty well for both teams. Ever since being drafted number 1 overall by the Niners, Alex Smith has been compared to former San Fran qb greats such as Joe Montana and Steve Young. Now Smith has one more thing in common with The Comeback Kid. Although Alex Smith is in no way, shape, or form a Joe Montana caliber player, he still might have the potential to be the "savior" this franchise has been looking for, for quite some time. 

        The Kansas City Chiefs and San Francisco 49ers have agreed to terms that sends 28 year old quarterback Alex Smith to KC ( sources say the deal was for a 2nd round pick in 2013, and a 2nd round pick in 2014). Last season Alex Smith had a 70% completion percentage but threw for only 192 ypg with 13 td's and 5 interceptions. In 2011 Alex Smith led the 49ers to the NFC Championship game but they fell to the eventual Super Bowl champion NY Giants in overtime. Alex Smith has never been a big play quarterback, but that is not what the Chiefs need. Chiefs quarterbacks had a 58% completion percentage and threw for 180 ypg with 8 touchdowns and 20 interceptions in 2012. Matt Cassel was the worst "starting" qb rating wise and Alex Smith was on pace for 13th in 2012, and finished 9th in 2011. The Chiefs are last in points scored (13 ppg), last in passing yards, last in passing touchdowns, and 2nd in most interceptions. They are also well below the mid line for almost every other offensive stat that is not a rushing statistic. The acquisition of Alex Smith, however, should change that.  

        No quarterback the Chiefs could have drafted would have helped them anytime in the near future. This trade is a great one for the Chiefs and it helps the team now. Alex Smith will fit into this team perfectly. He is a very accurate and consistent quarterback who does not force or rush many decisions. He not only will make the Chiefs a better passing team but also a better rushing team, which should make every team in the NFL tremble at the thought. The Chiefs have thrown the ball more than San Francisco has the past few years, and Andy Reid teams having thrown even more than both, so I don't expect Smith to have the same completion percentage, but his yards and touchdowns will both see a boost. The Chiefs obviously need more than just a quarterback, but this move has poised them for a better season already next year. Alex Smith alone, digs the Chiefs out from the soil underneath the AFC West. The Chiefs next big moves should be to acquire a receiver for Smith to throw to or to resign Bowe and to get some help on the defensive side of the ball. With the potent rushing attack the Chiefs already have, adding just one or two more offensive weapons and the help on D could put the Chiefs on pace for a potential run from worst to first. As a Bronco fan it hurts to say this, but without a doubt, this team is looking to contend in 2013.