The Chiefs QB situation may get more confusing before it gets simpler. The Kansas City Chiefs are rumored to be signing every free agent quarterback available, and trading for all that would entertain an offer. This week, the 49ers announced a deal was all but done for Alex Smith. In order for it to become public they must wait until March 12th. Most in the media assume the deal is with the Chiefs. If this is so, what does Kansas City really get with Alex Smith?
Alex Smith, like most rookies, struggled his first year in the league, then struggled for a few more. He had quarterback ratings of 40.8, 74.8, and 57.2 his first three years, and threw 19 TDs and 31 INTs. In 2009 and 2010 Smith had ratings of 81.5 and 82.1. He tossed for 32 TDs and 22 INTs. In 2011 Jim Harbaugh became the coach of the 49ers and Smith’s numbers got ridiculous His ratings were 90.7 and 104.1 (partial season). He threw for 30 TDs and 10 INTs.
49ers Win/Loss Records with Smith as quarterback:
- 2005-2007: 16 Wins, 32 Losses
- 2009-2010: 14 Wins, 18 Losses
- 2011-2012: 19 Wins, 5 Losses
So with this record, and 7-year league history, what do the Chiefs really get with Alex Smith? They get a player that took five years to develop and come on strong. A quarterback whose best years came under a coach who is a game manager, and plays tight, disciplined football. They get a quarterback who has a 1-1 postseason record and was a field goal from making it to the Super Bowl. A player who led his team to a 6-2 record before getting injured and losing his starting job.
Many in the media are calling Smith “Cassel 2.0″. This just isn’t so. Cassel has not won a playoff game in his entire career. Matt Cassel has twice cracked 80 in quarterback rating, just like Smith, but Smith’s came in the last two years. Cassel is wildly inconsistent. His best two years came in 2008 and 2010, while Smith has been steadily improving each of the last four years.
I am like most who don’t think Alex Smith is a long term answer for our Kansas City Chiefs. Of the quarterbacks available, he certainly has shown himself to be the best quarterback available to lead the Chiefs the last two years.
I agree with signing Alex Smith, unless of course Joe Flacco becomes available.