MOST DISAPPOINTING CHIEFS IN 2016 – NUMBER 3: ALEX SMITH
Win or lose (but mainly lose), the quarterback is always going to be under fire. I feel like Kansas City is one of the tougher places to play quarterback in the NFL because fans always want someone new under center.
Alex Smith has been largely criticized since arriving to town in 2013. Fans don’t think Smith can lead the team to the promise land and after having a lot going for them, they couldn’t play to their seed and faltered in the first round again.
The only reason that I don’t have Alex Smith ranked as the biggest disappointment is because he has a 41-20 record as the Chiefs starting quarterback.
Smith isn’t entirely to blame for the loss, but he did miss a wide open Tyreek Hill and overshot Jeremy Maclin. Both of those plays would have been sure touchdowns had Smith connected.
Despite throwing for the most yards in his entire career (3,502), Smith had a pretty lousy 2016 season. He only threw for 15 touchdowns and was intercepted a Chiefs-career high eight times. One of the pros to Smith’s game play has always been that he doesn’t throw picks, but he actually was picked off in the last five games.
Smith was supposed to take the next step in 2016 and he had the weapons to do it. The offensive line was beefed up, Travis Kelce took the jump towards elite tight end, and Tyreek Hill is a threat to score every time he gets the football. Any other quarterback with those weapons would have electrifying stats, but not Smith.
The only reason that I don’t have Alex Smith ranked as the biggest disappointment is because he has a 41-20 record as the Chiefs starting quarterback. He’s winning football games for this team and has been the consistent quarterback that Chiefs Kingdom has been begging for since forever.
Also, when you see who’s ranked ahead of Alex, you’ll understand why he didn’t have as good of a year as he should have.