The speculation has been going on for weeks, and now something slightly more ‘official’ seems to have broken. According to ESPN the 49ers have traded Alex Smith to the Kansas City Chiefs, reportedly for the Chiefs 2013 second round pick and a conditional 2014 draft pick. This is good news Chiefs fans! There are several more news bits we hope to hear soon, in this order:
- Matt Cassel has been released
- Dwayne Bowe has been resigned
- Branden Albert has been franchised
- Dustin Colquitt has been resigned
These five pieces of information should make any Chiefs fan ecstatic! Too bad we are only hearing reports of trading for Alex Smith. So what can we hope for in Alex Smith? A player that in his last two years has a better winning percentage than every quarterback for the Chiefs in the last 15 years. A player that led his team to the NFC Championship game in 2011 and almost won! A player that had his team at 6-2 before going out with a concussion.
These are all great signs. The Chiefs organization was able to trade for one of the top two available quarterbacks in this off season. Dorsey and Reid did their jobs. Alex Smith may not be the long-term answer at starting quarterback of our Kansas City Chiefs but he is a major upgrade over Cassel. Alex Smith would have led the league in completion percentage in the 2012 season had he thrown six more attempts to qualify for season statistics.
Here is a major reason why Smith is a good fit in Reid’s offense. Smith excels at completion percentage and shorter throws. Reid’s offense is more of a West Coast hybrid, and Smith excels in this area. Smith only attempted throws of more than 20 yards 8.3 percent of the time. Smith completed 50% of those throws. Here is another statistic that gives us reason to be optimistic about Smith. Under the blitz, he completed 70.3% of his throws with a 126.8 passer rating – while being under pressure!
I may stand alone but I am excited about the upgrade at the quarterback position with Alex Smith, now let’s go draft a franchise QB!