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Alex Smith touted as the right fit for Andy Reid’s system

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As West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith prepares to visit the Chiefs with hope that the team holding the first overall pick is “legitimately interested” in him, the local newspaper has made the case in extensive fashion for Alex Smith being the right fit for new coach Andy Reid’s system.

Extensively quoting Trent Dilfer and Herm Edwards of ESPN, Adam Teicher of the Kansas City Star explains that Alex Smith is the answer, reasoning that the trade for the first overall pick in the 2005 draft means that the Chiefs “obviously felt more strongly” about Alex Smith than Geno Smith.

So why are the Chiefs reportedly “fascinated” with Geno Smith if Alex Smith is the answer?  The preference for Alex Smith makes any flirtation with Geno Smith an obvious effort to entice someone else to trade up to the top spot in the draft, allowing the Chiefs to slide back a few spots, perhaps getting the same guy they would have taken at No. 1 and definitely acquiring other picks that can help the Chiefs improve quickly.

Improving quickly provides the Chiefs the biggest reason to not take Geno Smith.  With this year’s second-round pick and next year’s third-round (and possibly second-round) selection already devoted to the Alex Smith trade, the Chiefs need to use this year’s first-round pick on a player who will help them get better now, not later.

In today’s NFL, coaches rarely have the luxury to wait until later to make a team better.

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30 Responses to “Alex Smith touted as the right fit for Andy Reid’s system”
  1. tokyosandblaster says: Mar 31, 2013 10:57 PM

    So was McNabb. So was Kolb. So was Vick.

    …and?

  2. bigj7769 says: Mar 31, 2013 11:02 PM

    Alex is obviously the chiefs qb for at least this year if not the next 3. Perfect for Reid’s system and they wouldn’t draft a qb after trading for one. O-line or D-line is the choice

  3. ambitoos says: Mar 31, 2013 11:17 PM

    If it wasn’t for the running ability of that new kid in SF. Alex would be #1 there. He’s a good QB and will do well for years to come. That QB in SF won’t last long with those spindally legs.

  4. thehatefulnerd says: Mar 31, 2013 11:26 PM

    People will laugh at this, but I take it quite seriously.

    I also don’t rule out that they’d still take Geno Smith. Their GM is of the Ted Thompson GM tree. Best Player Available baby!

    Alex Smith could go down in week 8 and the dude will look like a genius. Or they develop and trade him (or Smith) and recoup all the picks they’ve spent, plus a little.

    Chiefs are on the rise. Take it from someone who saw the same thing happen when Ron Wolf and Mike Holmgren came to Green Bay.

  5. Sideline Mob says: Mar 31, 2013 11:33 PM

    The right QB for Andy Reid’s system? That’s not fair – we didn’t see Alex Smith throwing up during the Super Bowl.

  6. richiesaurus310 says: Mar 31, 2013 11:49 PM

    Ambitoos obviously has never seen Kaep throw a football.

  7. WestCoastVet says: Mar 31, 2013 11:49 PM

    While this may seem like common pre-draft positioning, I’d like to remind everyone that for the first 5 years of his career Smith was garbage. He only started playing good in the 2011 season after the team spent YEARS trying to build a team around him that complimented his abilities/made up for his deficiencies and once the team found arguably the best Quarterbacks coach currently in football to coach him. The Chiefs may realize this and want to get a backup who can play if Smith chokes.

  8. WestCoastVet says: Mar 31, 2013 11:51 PM

    Also, he may not throw very many INTs be in 2011 he was probably the most-sacked QB in the NFL because of his inability to feel and escape from pressure and not knowing when to throw the ball away.

  9. norcalmafia says: Apr 1, 2013 12:04 AM

    The story of Alex Smiths career..he hasnt even takin a snap yet and hes already in another qb controversy..This dude just doesnt have it.

  10. bryantrulen says: Apr 1, 2013 12:10 AM

    The thing that intrigues us with Kansas City for Alex.. Is he is going to be groomed by an Offensive Minded Guy who made Nick Foles look legitimate .. Alex has looked great when he has played Under Norv Turner and Jim Harbaugh. Smith Looked abismall under D Minded Coaches Singletary and Nolan. Im just saying that if Alex Smith has any chance to blossom, odds are it’s in KC.

  11. randomcommenter says: Apr 1, 2013 12:30 AM

    The first thing Reaid did in Philly was sign journeyman QB Doug Pederson and then draft McNabb.

    He signed Pederson to take the beating the first year that the team was bad and to teach McNabb.

    Maybe Reid is doing the same here with Alex Smith and Geno Smith.

  12. BED MAN OKC says: Apr 1, 2013 12:46 AM

    Excuse me Tokyo…but I think Mcnaab is a Hall of Famer, who went to 5 Straight NFC Championship games, (not division titles – but Championships & a Super Bowl. I think Kolb did very well under Andys system, so well in fact that he died after leaving Kiladelphia. Oh and I remember the fans and press “boo too ing because they wanted to see Vick” Andy kept his mouth shut. Media and Fans finally got what they asked for & THEN started b*****g again, when Vick stunk it up. I remember seeing Coach Reid just grin to himself, because he has way too much class to spar with these idiotic fans and media who got EXACTLY what they asked for. Only to find out what Reid already knew – that Michael Vick, while an electric runner, & great arm – has a 15 Awareness. If you ask me, Michael Vick was Andy Reid most impressive stunt with a QB, he took Dogcentration Kamp Kommodant Michael Vick & made him look like a decent 3rd stringer for the CFL. Thanks Murderadelphia – we here in Kansas City, are happy that you folks are so dumb. Go Chiefs !

  13. xxakshunxx says: Apr 1, 2013 1:09 AM

    Haven’t watched much of Kansas City so not sure how good their OL is, but know enough about football that you don’t trade for Alex Smith if you plan on taking a qb with your first pick.. Only way they take him is if they know they could flip him to another team while the draft is still going on

  14. sourdoughsam says: Apr 1, 2013 2:06 AM

    I don’t think some of the commenters here were really paying close attention to Smith and the 49ers prior to 2011. Smith’s improvement as a QB began in 2010, before Harbaugh arrived. He was better at avoiding sacks than people realize and Kaepernick actually lost more yards per sack than Smith because Smith had a better understanding of when to step up into the pocket and work towards the LOS. As for the team being built “around him”, look up Mike Nolan’s quotes about what kind of team the organization wanted to build and it is exactly what Baalke has put together. The plan was always tailored around efficient/conservative QB play, no matter who the QB was. I think KC will be a good fit for Smith because he’ll be able to get into a rhythm as a passer with Reid’s screen game. In SF, he was constantly being put in 3rd & long when runs on 1st and 2nd didn’t pan out. He’s not good enough to shred a defense anticipating the pass like Drew Brees, but he’s good enough to make a defense pick their poision when he’s got a good RB, like he will with Jamaal Charles.

  15. jasonwitten0656 says: Apr 1, 2013 2:23 AM

    Nothing against the guy at all but…I hope he gets benched for Stsnzi

  16. joetoronto says: Apr 1, 2013 4:15 AM

    He is what he is, average.

  17. reasonableeaglefan says: Apr 1, 2013 5:27 AM

    Alex Smith was undoubtedly the best QB that a team could add this offseason, but I think Reid’s offense is the worst fit for him. He’s the ultimate game manager. I saw a stat that he has a losing record when asked to throw more than 35 times, that’s a half for Reid. This will be a test of Smith’s progress as an elite QB

  18. spideysdog says: Apr 1, 2013 5:42 AM

    tokyosandblaster, what a completely uneducated and ridiculous statement. do you watch football? McNabb found the ONLY success of his NFL career in Reid’s system. the only time that Kevin Kolb has ever looked like a legitimate NFL QB was when he was a backup under Reid. Michael the dog killer Vick, had the best year of his career under Reid. I’m a Seahawks fan, and couldn’t care less about the Eagles or Chiefs, but to question Reid’s ability with QBs is pretty ridiculous.

    Now, if you want to question game planning, clock management, locker room leadership….. I might agree. but if you look strictly at the qb position, Vick is the ONLY qb he’s had in the last decade that has success anywhere besides Philly.

    Go Hawks.

  19. spankygreen says: Apr 1, 2013 7:04 AM

    Alex smith had 6 yrs to cement himself in San Fran…….He didn’t……San Fran tried to get rid of him several times but stuck with him, provided more help around him than a lot of other QB’s got and he still sucked……the injury was the perfect reason to bench and ultimately get rid of him……Now he is the so called right fit, savior for KC…..so was Flynn is Seattle, Cassel in KC, Tebow in NY, Weeden in Cleveland, Kolb in Az, Palmer in LA, Ponder in Mn,Fitzpatrick in Buffalo,Gabbert in Jacksonville…..

  20. absolutsaints says: Apr 1, 2013 7:19 AM

    Right fit for Andy Reid’s system? Nutra-system?

  21. Patriot42 says: Apr 1, 2013 7:50 AM

    The BPA is not Geno Smith.

  22. stevequinn says: Apr 1, 2013 8:05 AM

    Anyone who quotes Trent Dilfer needs their head examined. Dilfer is a narcissistic blowhard. He has a SB ring thanks to the Baltimore Ravens defense.

  23. officialgame says: Apr 1, 2013 8:30 AM

    Gino Smith is nothing more then a smokescreen for Reid to obtain extra draft picks he lost in the Alex Smith trade. There is no chance of of KC drafting him. NONE.

  24. ajgreenshands says: Apr 1, 2013 8:38 AM

    Good luck to you, Alex.

  25. wtfpft says: Apr 1, 2013 8:44 AM

    They also gave 10 million to backup Chase Daniel, they aren’t taking a QB at 1. Although they should since the 2 they got are trash.

  26. riseabovecancer says: Apr 1, 2013 9:28 AM

    2 be really honest…I dont even think Alex Smith is really the answer. Alex Smith only came to Kansas City is because of all those other quarterbacks that come to Kansas City from San Fran. Elvis Grabac Joe Montana and they couldn’t do nothing for the Kansas City Chiefs.

    What makes you guys that Alex Smith is the savor for this Kansas City Chiefs.

    I think if Andy Reid wants the Kansas City Chiefs to be winners. They would go after Geno Smith and make him be the starter

    But again we get to see a quarterback who was replaced by a rookie and lead his team to the super bowl.

  27. blogatron2000 says: Apr 1, 2013 10:33 AM

    “So why are the Chiefs reportedly “fascinated” with Geno Smith if Alex Smith is the answer? The preference for Alex Smith makes any flirtation with Geno Smith an obvious effort to entice someone else to trade up to the top spot in the draft, allowing the Chiefs to slide back a few spots, perhaps getting the same guy they would have taken at No. 1 and definitely acquiring other picks that can help the Chiefs improve quickly.”

    This just doesn’t make any sense. After signing Alex Smith and Chase Daniel, no one really believes that the Chiefs will draft Geno at #1. Therefore, working him out in KC will not entice anyone to trade up for him. The teams that can motivate someone to trade up are those that draft after the Chiefs and need a QB like the Jaguars or Raiders. Geno visiting KC is totally pointless.

  28. jcrileyesq says: Apr 1, 2013 10:52 AM

    hope ej manuel slides in the draft to them

  29. redandgoldhitman52 says: Apr 1, 2013 11:55 AM

    ambitoos says:That QB in SF won’t last long with those spindally legs.

    its alex who got hurt not kaep. those spindally legs is what will extend kaeps career because hes a great passer as well. and alex will get hurt again before kaep. kaep is smart enough to slide or run out of bounds. alex trys to truck over defenders. lol

  30. redandgoldhitman52 says: Apr 1, 2013 12:57 PM

    riseabovecancer says:Elvis Grabac Joe Montana and they couldn’t do nothing for the Kansas City Chiefs.

    joe montana couldn’t do nothing for the chiefs? are you serious? he took the chiefs to the AFC championship game. had he not gotten hurt in that game he probably wins the superbowl with the chiefs.

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