February 28th 2013. On that day the Kansas City Chiefs acquired quarterback Alex Smith from the San Francisco 49ers. I was thrilled to see the national pundits across every network discuss the trade, most people giving the new Chiefs regime led by Andy Reid and John Dorsey glowing marks for the move.
The former number one overall pick in the 2005 draft had a roller coaster career in San Francisco, but under head coach Jim Harbaugh and some great pieces around him, he had flourished the past two seasons, even leading the 49ers to the NFC championship game.
A few weeks went by and the trade became official. A press conference was held. Andy Reid and John Dorsey sang Alex Smith’s praises to countless reporters. The Kansas City Chiefs had their guy. Matt Cassel was packing his bags to leave Kansas City and suddenly the 2013 season became a whole lot more intriguing.
I watched every bit of Alex Smith 49ers tape I could find. I couldn’t get enough. I had watched him many times over the years, but not like this. I was introducing myself to him again with a completely different perspective. He was now my quarterback.
Fast forward to the 2013 season and the Kansas City Chiefs are the talk of the league. Undefeated at 9&0, they have matched the best start in franchise history, going back a decade to the great 2003 squad. But as I watched every Chiefs game, like many of you I knew this team had some serious flaws, primarily on offense.
They were conservative and Reid seemed hesitant to stretch the field vertically. With the early performance of the defense, he didn’t really need to. But he seldom took chances. Dwayne Bowe was essentially a 50 million dollar distraction. Our entire offense rested on the shoulders of number 25, Jamaal Charles.
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