We are going to need some kind of moratorium on Alex Smith posts here soon as we’ve covered many of the different angles of Smith over the last two days. However, there is a great post floating around about Smith that needs to be read by all.
Pro Football Spot gives us a unique look at Smith through the eyes of fans and journalists who have been following him his entire career. The amount of times the words “winner” appears is staggering. One of the best statements from the entire post can be found below.
From Pro Football Spot:
He is several things in one, and he’s never, ever gotten the credit he deserves. Whenever there is blame, the dude has taken so much of it it’s really not even fair to say he was anything but the whipping boy. When he’s done things right, it’s always been because he has a great defense, a great running game, or a great coach. There are a lot of things this guy is, but a loser or a bust aren’t either of them.
Alex isn’t and never will be Drew Brees, Peyton Manning, or Tom Brady, but he is a winner. He’s overcame an immense amount of garbage, he’s got a better winning % in his last 38 starts than anyone in the NFL and he can get you to a Superbowl.
No reasonable Chiefs or football fan will argue against the idea that Alex Smith is better than any quarterback the Chiefs have had since Trent Green. Literally zeros of people will argue for the return of Matt Cassel, Brady Quinn, Kyle Orton, or Brodie Croyle. Smith is by far the better talent of any of those quarterbacks, and the production of the quarterback position has improved.
He has proven to be a guy who wants to win and prove all of his doubters (including me) wrong. He’s definitely a guy you want to root for and want to see succeed. The fact that his is a Chief only makes that desire stronger.
The question with Smith will always be if he can make the plays the Chiefs need when they are behind multiple possessions. Several of the writers talked about his unwillingness to do things that will lead to losses, but will he do the things that will bring a team back from behind?
Smith is a fascinating character who is going to be in Chiefs red for a long time. Hopefully the people who have watched him the most are more right about his ceiling than what the first nine games in Kansas City have thus far. (And, yes, that’s a weird sentence to type about a 9-0 team.)