News broke yesterday that Alex Smith is demanding a release from the San Francisco 49ers. Whether or not this news is actually originating from Smith himself is uncertain. Regardless of who broke the story, it’s horrible for the 49ers who are preparing to play in the Super Bowl. With a rookie quarterback in Kaepernick, the 49ers don’t need any distractions. Even with the potential distractions that this news brings the 49ers, the reality is that this news might be great for the Kansas City Chiefs.
The Chiefs have been looking for a quarterback for years. They hold the #1 Pick in the draft, but this is a very bad year to have the distinction of the worst team in football – at least in terms of wins. There is not a clear cut #1 pick at quarterback or any other position. There are also many teams looking for a new quarterback, so this means there will be lots of competition for any viable player on the market at that position. Whether the QB comes via free agency, trade or the draft there will be lots of suitors for anyone who can play.
So where could Alex Smith land should he be released from San Francisco? The Chiefs, Jaguars, and Cardinals are the teams most in need of a QB come 2013. However the Titans, Raiders, Eagles, and Vikings may also be in the hunt. The Chiefs, Jaguars, and Titans all have new head coaches and will be starting fresh so it makes sense Smith would choose one of these teams. He wants to be the starting quarterback, not end up as a backup again. The question to ask though is this: is he good enough to be a starting QB in the NFL?
Alex Smith’s rating this year was 104.1 before being benched. That’s right, he had a QB rating over 100, and was benched. Only four quarterbacks in the NFL this year finished with a rating above 100, meanwhile, the Chiefs QBs averaged:
Steve DeBerg has a QB rating over 101 for a season, and that was more than ten years ago. It’s time for Kansas City to have a major QB upgrade. Is Alex Smith what we need? I’m not sure, but he definitely would be an upgrade over our quarterback play for the last 10+ years. Coming Soon, disecting the decision by Harbaugh to bench Smith.
What do you think, would you like to see Alex Smith as a KC Chief?