Kansas City Chiefs: Alex Smith is the present and future of the franchise

Kansas City Chiefs QB Alex Smith. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)
Kansas City Chiefs QB Alex Smith. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images) /

The Kansas City Chiefs have a quarterback in waiting by the name of Patrick Mahomes. At the moment, however, it’s hard to want to move on from current quarterback Alex Smith.

Have you ever played the game “What If?” For example: “What if you had a million dollars? What if you could have any car you wanted? What if the Kansas City Chiefs went to the SuperBowl?” We can all dream, right? Well what would you say if I told you that you could have just one of those things by February 4th, 2018, then which one would it be?

Most of you would probably say a million dollars. The smart ones would say a McLaren P1 LM (Worth about $3.7 million), but those of us that have been bleeding Red & Gold since 1970, or at least as long as we can remember, would probably choose to see the Chiefs go to another Super Bowl.

If I could have my wish I would certainly ask for a ‘W’, but beggars can’t be choosers. After all, it has been 47 years since the Chiefs reached the pinnacle of the footballing world, but what will it take for the Chiefs to go all the way? I try to answer that riddle in this humble opinion piece.

To answer the question, fans must first examine our short-comings as a team and why the Chiefs haven’t gotten there in the past. From 1990-1997, the Kansas City Chiefs were the most dominate regular season team in the National Football League, missing the playoffs just once during those years.

During that time span, the Chiefs won just three playoff games – two of them Wild Cards. In more recent years, the Chiefs were knocked out of the playoffs in the first round an abysmal eight games in a row.

During that stretch of games, the team had such “greats” running the offense as Matt Cassel, Trent Green, Elvis Grbac, & Steve Bono. So basically a couple of musicians, a .500 guy that had a few 4,000 yard seasons and Tom Brady’s back-up. Are you seeing a pattern here? Why is Alex Smith any different?

Getting rid of Smith would be the equivalent of handing Rich Gannon over to the Raiders and watch him take the wrong team to the Super Bowl.

Droves of fans saw the signing of Alex Smith as just another band-aid to a problem that the KC Chiefs have not been able to solve since they rented another ex-49er quarterback by the name of Joe Montana. Admittedly, Montana is in a class of his own, but what separates Alex Smith from the others? Well for one, he has actually WON A PLAYOFF GAME.

None of the other re-treads have won a playoff game in a Chiefs uniform. What many see as negatives about Alex Smith’s abilities I see as positives. The quarterback on any team is the leader on and off the field, and he leads by example. He doesn’t turn the ball over. He doesn’t take unnecessary risks.

Alex Smith makes players around him better. He is pinpoint accurate and gets rid of the ball quickly. He doesn’t throw into double & triple teams. He can get first downs with his feet, and each of Alex’s playoff losses were one possession games. I could go on for days. In his short time with the Chiefs, he has thrown for 81 touchdowns to just 28 interceptions, one of the best ratios in the league in that time-frame.

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My point is that Alex Smith is not the problem, and at the age of 33 is in the prime of his career. The Kansas City Chiefs are a running football team; they always have been and hopefully always will be. Alex is the perfect compliment to a run first team who wants to control the ball, win with defense, & dominate the time of possession.

The Chiefs are poised to make a run at the Super Bowl this year and into the coming years, but risking everything to go to a younger quarterback that is completely unproven is a huge mistake in my opinion. You have a proven winner and you have a potential star waiting in the wings.

Every great quarterback in this league has had a mentor at one time or another; I believe the Chiefs should make Smith our franchise quarterback and give Mahomes a couple of years of tutelage under Smith. It’s a win/win for the team, for the franchise, and for both of the players. History shows us that the teams who stick with proven winners go on to win SuperBowls. Regardless of what happens this year, I don’t want to start over next year with a new quarterback … again.

Alex Smith is the present and the future (at least the immediate future) of the Chiefs franchise. Getting rid of Smith at the end of the season would be the equivalent of handing Rich Gannon over to the Raiders and watch him take the wrong team to the Super Bowl.

Is Alex Smith good enough to win a SuperBowl? Maybe not, but let’s hope he has the chance to prove that he is.