Playmakers Will Define Chiefs QB Alex Smith

If the Kansas City Chiefs are going to reap the rewards of their franchise quarterback, Alex Smith, the stars on offense must shine. That means, Jeremy Maclin, Jamaal Charles and Travis Kelce have to deliver the goods in 2015.

For two seasons, Quarterback Alex Smith, has received a bad rap. The fact, he’s been under center, and for the most part, been scrambling for his life to execute even the simplest of passes, can’t be over looked.

Add that with the fact he’s been working with a group of under achieving wide receivers, who last year never found the end zone when receiving a pass from their quarterback. So Smith deserves major props for the Chiefs winning 20 games the last two seasons.

Smith came to the Chiefs with the reputation as a game manager. To most, that meant he delivered wins in the non-flash category. For much of his career, he used check-offs and dump off passes to inflate his success rate throwing the ball down the field.

However to this point of his career, Smith has never been a home run hitter. The deep pass, for the most part, doesn’t exist in his game day repertoire. Now is that his fault? Some of it for certain but without a own the field threat at the receiver position the Chiefs quarterback hasn’t had a full deck to work with in 2013 or 2014.

Above check out today’s new Scout Now Video to see what the missing link could be for Chiefs Quarterback, Alex Smith, this upcoming season.

Obviously the offensive line was an issue in 2013 and 2014, but for every great quarterback to succeed at the highest level in the NFL, you must have playmakers at your disposal.

In the off-season, the Kansas City Chiefs signed free agent Wide Receiver, Jeremy Maclin. With him in the fold, the Chiefs now have that down the field threat that’s been missing for Head Coach, Andy Reid since he arrived in Kansas City. If you factor in all world Running Back, Jamaal Charles and young Tight End, Tavis Kelce, the Chiefs offense with Maclin on the roster, has the potential to be lethal.

Still Smith has to prove that he can do more than make the safe pass. If this offense intends to dominate opposing defenses in the AFC West, Smith has to use all his weapons. Though the Chiefs have some additional pieces like Wide Receivers, De’Anthony Thomas, Chris Conley, Albert Wilson and back-up running back, Kniles Davis, Smith should have no excuses to be more aggressive in throwing the rock down field if he just centers on the big three.

Again we can lay the blame on the offensive line for their play the last two seasons but Smith has to be willing to take risks. If not, the offense will still be efficient this year but not great.

Reid has put all his offensive marbles into Smith. Ownership has done the same giving Smith a contract extension that guarantees him $45 million through the 2017 season. Though that represents better than below market value for Smith in comparison to other starting quarterbacks, Kansas City has not been known to pay their signal callers that kind of coin.

As I stated after the Chiefs gave Linebacker, Justin Houston $101 million, that was the old Chiefs. Nowadays ownership has opened up the cash vaults for its prime time players. So is Smith one of them?

I think he is and certainly the Chiefs coaching staff believes that as well.

It’ll be interesting to see what Smith does with the trio of playmakers at his disposal. The fact, we already know the offensive line will be better with the additions General Manager, John Dorsey, has made to date via trades and the NFL draft. Still even with upgrades at the interior of the line, Dorsey is still in hot pursuit of free agent Guard, Evan Mathis, so the line might not be set just yet.

But I’m not placing Mathis into the lock category for this franchise. The only way the Chiefs are going to win the AFC West, and remove the stench of their 8-game playoff losing streak dating back to the Joe Montana era, will only occur if Smith leads them to the finish line this season.

We saw what he could do in the post season two years ago against the Indianapolis Colts and what he did for his old team, the San Francisco 49ers, when he guided them to the NFC Championship game after the 2011 season.

The fact the 49ers special teams imploded in that NFC clash against the New York Giants was no different than the Chiefs defense collapsing against the Colts after Smith gave them a 28-point second half lead. In both games, Smith was good enough to win those post-season games.

So no matter which way you look at Smith, the fact he enters the 2015 season with more talent than he’s had to date in his solid NFL career, one has to believe he’s due for a magnificent season.

If all the pieces Reid and Dorsey have rebuilt the last two years means anything, Smith could ultimately be the biggest benefactor of those moves. For Chiefs fans, that could mean an AFC West Title and success in the post season.


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Obviously the offensive line was an issue in 2013 and 2014, but for every great quarterback to succeed at the highest level in the NFL, you must have playmakers at your disposal.\r\n\r\n

In the off-season, the Kansas City Chiefs signed free agent Wide Receiver, Jeremy Maclin. With him in the fold, the Chiefs now have that down the field threat that’s been missing for Head Coach, Andy Reid since he arrived in Kansas City. If you factor in all world Running Back, Jamaal Charles and young Tight End, Tavis Kelce, the Chiefs offense with Maclin on the roster, has the potential to be lethal.\r\n\r\n

Still Smith has to prove that he can do more than make the safe pass. If this offense intends to dominate opposing defenses in the AFC West, Smith has to use all his weapons. Though the Chiefs have some additional pieces like Wide Receivers, De’Anthony Thomas, Chris Conley, Albert Wilson and back-up running back, Kniles Davis, Smith should have no excuses to be more aggressive in throwing the rock down field if he just centers on the big three.\r\n\r\n

Again we can lay the blame on the offensive line for their play the last two seasons but Smith has to be willing to take risks. If not, the offense will still be efficient this year but not great.\r\n\r\n

Reid has put all his offensive marbles into Smith. Ownership has done the same giving Smith a contract extension that guarantees him $45 million through the 2017 season. Though that represents better than below market value for Smith in comparison to other starting quarterbacks, Kansas City has not been known to pay their signal callers that kind of coin.\r\n\r\n

As I stated after the Chiefs gave Linebacker, Justin Houston $101 million, that was the old Chiefs. Nowadays ownership has opened up the cash vaults for its prime time players. So is Smith one of them?\r\n\r\n

I think he is and certainly the Chiefs coaching staff believes that as well.\r\n\r\n

It’ll be interesting to see what Smith does with the trio of playmakers at his disposal. The fact, we already know the offensive line will be better with the additions General Manager, John Dorsey, has made to date via trades and the NFL draft. Still even with upgrades at the interior of the line, Dorsey is still in hot pursuit of free agent Guard, Evan Mathis, so the line might not be set just yet.\r\n\r\n

But I’m not placing Mathis into the lock category for this franchise. The only way the Chiefs are going to win the AFC West, and remove the stench of their 8-game playoff losing streak dating back to the Joe Montana era, will only occur if Smith leads them to the finish line this season.\r\n\r\n

We saw what he could do in the post season two years ago against the Indianapolis Colts and what he did for his old team, the San Francisco 49ers, when he guided them to the NFC Championship game after the 2011 season.\r\n\r\n

The fact the 49ers special teams imploded in that NFC clash against the New York Giants was no different than the Chiefs defense collapsing against the Colts after Smith gave them a 28-point second half lead. In both games, Smith was good enough to win those post-season games. \r\n\r\n

So no matter which way you look at Smith, the fact he enters the 2015 season with more talent than he’s had to date in his solid NFL career, one has to believe he’s due for a magnificent season.\r\n\r\n

If all the pieces Reid and Dorsey have rebuilt the last two years means anything, Smith could ultimately be the biggest benefactor of those moves. For Chiefs fans, that could mean an AFC West Title and success in the post season.\r\n\r\n

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For two seasons, Quarterback Alex Smith, has received a bad rap. The fact, he’s been under center, and for the most part, been scrambling for his life to execute even the simplest of passes, can’t be over looked.

Add that with the fact he’s been working with a group of under achieving wide receivers, who last year never found the end zone when receiving a pass from their quarterback. So Smith deserves major props for the Chiefs winning 20 games the last two seasons.

Smith came to the Chiefs with the reputation as a game manager. To most, that meant he delivered wins in the non-flash category. For much of his career, he used check-offs and dump off passes to inflate his success rate throwing the ball down the field.

However to this point of his career, Smith has never been a home run hitter. The deep pass, for the most part, doesn’t exist in his game day repertoire. Now is that his fault? Some of it for certain but without a own the field threat at the receiver position the Chiefs quarterback hasn’t had a full deck to work with in 2013 or 2014.

Above check out today’s new Scout Now Video to see what the missing link could be for Chiefs Quarterback, Alex Smith, this upcoming season.

Obviously the offensive line was an issue in 2013 and 2014, but for every great quarterback to succeed at the highest level in the NFL, you must have playmakers at your disposal.

In the off-season, the Kansas City Chiefs signed free agent Wide Receiver, Jeremy Maclin. With him in the fold, the Chiefs now have that down the field threat that’s been missing for Head Coach, Andy Reid since he arrived in Kansas City. If you factor in all world Running Back, Jamaal Charles and young Tight End, Tavis Kelce, the Chiefs offense with Maclin on the roster, has the potential to be lethal.

Still Smith has to prove that he can do more than make the safe pass. If this offense intends to dominate opposing defenses in the AFC West, Smith has to use all his weapons. Though the Chiefs have some additional pieces like Wide Receivers, De’Anthony Thomas, Chris Conley, Albert Wilson and back-up running back, Kniles Davis, Smith should have no excuses to be more aggressive in throwing the rock down field if he just centers on the big three.

Again we can lay the blame on the offensive line for their play the last two seasons but Smith has to be willing to take risks. If not, the offense will still be efficient this year but not great.

Reid has put all his offensive marbles into Smith. Ownership has done the same giving Smith a contract extension that guarantees him $45 million through the 2017 season. Though that represents better than below market value for Smith in comparison to other starting quarterbacks, Kansas City has not been known to pay their signal callers that kind of coin.

As I stated after the Chiefs gave Linebacker, Justin Houston $101 million, that was the old Chiefs. Nowadays ownership has opened up the cash vaults for its prime time players. So is Smith one of them?

I think he is and certainly the Chiefs coaching staff believes that as well.

It’ll be interesting to see what Smith does with the trio of playmakers at his disposal. The fact, we already know the offensive line will be better with the additions General Manager, John Dorsey, has made to date via trades and the NFL draft. Still even with upgrades at the interior of the line, Dorsey is still in hot pursuit of free agent Guard, Evan Mathis, so the line might not be set just yet.

But I’m not placing Mathis into the lock category for this franchise. The only way the Chiefs are going to win the AFC West, and remove the stench of their 8-game playoff losing streak dating back to the Joe Montana era, will only occur if Smith leads them to the finish line this season.

We saw what he could do in the post season two years ago against the Indianapolis Colts and what he did for his old team, the San Francisco 49ers, when he guided them to the NFC Championship game after the 2011 season.

The fact the 49ers special teams imploded in that NFC clash against the New York Giants was no different than the Chiefs defense collapsing against the Colts after Smith gave them a 28-point second half lead. In both games, Smith was good enough to win those post-season games.

So no matter which way you look at Smith, the fact he enters the 2015 season with more talent than he’s had to date in his solid NFL career, one has to believe he’s due for a magnificent season.

If all the pieces Reid and Dorsey have rebuilt the last two years means anything, Smith could ultimately be the biggest benefactor of those moves. For Chiefs fans, that could mean an AFC West Title and success in the post season.

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