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Kansas City Chiefs: Alex Smith Hyperbole Begins

It is time to climb on board the Alex Smith bandwagon. The Kansas City Chiefs new Offensive Coordinator Doug Pederson is evidently driving that bandwagon himself. According to Kansas City Star writer Randy Covitz, Pederson boldly declared:

“I think we have the best in the league.”

In Covitz’s article, Pederson went on to say:

“There are a lot of great ones,” Pederson said, “but over time, Alex has proven he can get it done. He’s a sharp guy, he brings a wealth of knowledge, he’s experienced, he’s a proven winner the last couple of years, and he needs a team to embrace him.”

Now, most of us would agree Alex Smith is a big upgrade at quarterback over the departed Matt Cassel, but “the best in the league?” That is incredibly hard to swallow.

Yes, Alex Smith has shown he can be a very good quarterback. In the past 4 seasons, he has a quarterback rating of 88.2. As a point of reference, Matt Cassel‘s rating in those 4 seasons was 77.5 (although he only surpassed that number once – in 2010). Drew Brees, in that same time frame, had a quarterback rating of 101.4.

Every coach has to be supportive of his quarterback, especially when the team has paid 2 second round draft picks to acquire him. Obviously General Manager John Dorsey, Head Coach Andy Reid, and Offensive Coordinator Doug Pederson wanted Smith and have faith in him. But “the best in the league?” No, that is ridiculous and flat out sensational hyperbole.

If Smith is so good, how come Jim Harbaugh couldn’t really wait to replace him and ship him off? Smith played very well for Harbaugh yet the San Francisco head man couldn’t wait to replace him with Colin Kaepernick. Sure, maybe Harbaugh just liked how Kaepernick ran his specific offense. He obviously thought Kaepernick was a better fit. So, at least one coach doesn’t think Smith is the best.

I doubt very much if the coaches in New Orleans, New England, and Denver would take Smith over Brees, Tom Brady, and Peyton Manning. The coaches for the Giants, Redskins, Falcons, Rams, Colts, Lions, and Chargers probably wouldn’t take Smith over Eli Manning, Robert Griffin IIIMatt Ryan, Sam Bradford, Matthew Stafford, Andrew Luck, and Philip Rivers. Alex Smith would be hard pressed to be ranked in the top 10 of NFL quarterbacks.

That all being said, there is still a chance for Smith to play himself into a top 10 quarterback. He has to stay healthy. He needs to prove he can be more than just a game manager as the number of passes he throws will most certainly go up this season. He needs to thrive in Andy Reid‘s offense.

The talent and intelligence is there with Smith. Now, he must execute. It is great to see a coach so enthusiastic about his signal caller. If you recall, Todd Haley never seemed sold on Matt Cassel. Not so we ever believed him. There is little doubt Reid and company have faith in Smith and that gives us all hope he will be a successful quarterback in Kansas City in the 2013.

You get the feeling that the coaches really do believe in Smith and that is great. But please, don’t insult our football acumen with the outrageous hyperbole that Alex Smith is the best quarterback in the league. As of right now, he isn’t.  Not even close.  If Pederson does truly think this, we must start to question his competence.

There is no reason not to be excited about Alex Smith as quarterback. Feel free to jump on the bandwagon. Once the Chiefs win a few games, there may not be anymore room on the old wagon. Feel good about what Smith is – a talented, experience NFL quarterback – just don’t buy into the hyperbole. If you do, you are bound to be disappointed.

Tags: Alex Smith Doug Pederson Kansas City Chiefs

  • RrrLllBbb

    Only Smith can be Smith. No need to start comparing him against other QB’s.

  • Josh Michaels

    Teams make mistakes, you think San Diego woulda let Brees walk if they knew what he would become? But I agree. We just need him to be Alex Smith. If we get another Drew Brees then bonus.

    • Jason Collins

      Yeah but they got Rivers in trade for Brees when it was uncertain if brees would ever play again. Smith was traded because he’s expendable, average. Btw, Rivers has been better than Smith over their careers.

      • Thomas Sparks

        Smith’s career isn’t over yet…..

  • Jason Collins

    Finally someone says it. If Smith is so great, why would a former QB be in such a hurry to trade him?? Harbaugh knew he was average. Smith knows he’s average, otherwise he wouldn’t have accepted an $8 million contract a year. Where’s Smith’s 120 mil!! With that said, he will play well under Reid.

    • Thomas Sparks

      Really? I will not even comment as to how far off you are here. But, I like the way you cover you’re behind with your last comment!

      • Jason Collins

        Explain to me why Smith accepted a 8 mil a year contract if he was so amazing?

      • Jason Collins

        In today news: Alex Smith accepts a contract 60% less than all top ten QBs, to show his loyalty to San Fran… No

  • Thomas Sparks

    Your comparison’s to Brees don’t hold water. Completely different situation. Brees didn’t have the coaching Circus to deal with for most of his time in SF. If you are going to make QB rating comparison’s, use the last 2 year’s for Cassel, Smith, & Brees & see what magic number comes up.
    That whole rating business is for bean counters & stat-freaks! W’s W’s W’s count more!
    I still think you have to look at the coaching and the system they use to even try to compare QB’s.
    look at Cry-Me-A-River Phillips! Great ratings, but how many W’s and playoff appearances?
    How soon we forget that the year before last, Alex Smith came VERY close to taking his team to the SB!
    Just wait……… And forget bandwagon’s, they went out when all the Okies had to go to California.
    Smith is going to be scary GOOD in Reid’s System, especially if our OL works out!
    I’m not on any bandwagon, I’m just one out out thousands of CRAZED CHIEFS FAN’s that used to be known as the most cerebral Fan’s in the NFL.
    Come on CHIEF’S KINGDOM! I know it been a long haul, but can’t you see the NEW LIGHT at the end of the tunnel?

    I try to balance my bias, BECAUSE I LOVE THE NFL, BUT I LIVE & DIE KC CHIEFS! We now have the leadership in almost ALL the right places, Clark Hunt has listened, let’s ROCK ARROWHEAD, AGAIN to bring back the CHIEF’S SWAGGER! I think we will find that things are FINALLY headed in the right direction & we WILL have a reason to bring back the 116db back to Arrowhead and pack the damn ARENA! Hell, it’s just refreshing to hear Dorsey & Reid crack jokes and actually be REAL, during interviews! ROCK. CHIEFS. ROCK.

    • Jason Collins

      I’ll make this simple. Who you draft Smith to start in a fantasy league? Not if you were planning to win you wouldn’t

      • Thomas Sparks

        Maybe not this year, but even this year he could be surprising! They focus a ton on scoring 7 in the Red Zone with Reid, instead of settling with annoying FG’s.
        We shall see! I don’t play Fantasy FB anymore. Takes away from my focus on the Red & Gold! I already live in my on Fantasy, anyway… LOL,