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Alex Smith says Chiefs can win right now, go from worst to first

John Dorsey, Andy Reid, Alex Smith AP

On the first day of the Chiefs’ offseason conditioning program, quarterback Alex Smith made it clear that he thinks this team — this team that went 2-14 last year and earned the first pick in the NFL draft — can win in 2013.

I think that’s the case for every NFL team, and if it’s not the case, it’s a problem,” Smith said. “We’re trying to win right now. I think that’s the great thing about the NFL. You’re out there and there are very few perennials. It’s a battle every single year. You can go first to worst, worst to first. There is so much parity across the league. That’s the mindset here, that’s for sure. If it’s not win now, then that’s a problem.”

Some people may think Smith is crazy if he believes the Chiefs can be contenders this year. Then again, those same people probably would have said Smith was crazy if he had said at this time two years ago that the 49ers would be contenders. At that time, the 49ers were coming off a 6-10 season that got coach Mike Singletary fired, and most people viewed the 49ers as a rebuilding team. Instead, Smith led the 49ers to a 13-3 record in 2011.

Will Alex Smith lead the Chiefs to a 13-3 record in 2013? Probably not. But he’s right that if “win now” is not the mindset, the Chiefs have a problem.

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35 Responses to “Alex Smith says Chiefs can win right now, go from worst to first”
  1. Patriot42 says: Apr 2, 2013 8:57 AM

    The QB situation in KC has been in bad shape for quite some time and a good QB could turn around quickly.

  2. tdk24 says: Apr 2, 2013 8:58 AM

    Not without a Harbaugh coaching them they can’t.

  3. spellingcops says: Apr 2, 2013 9:03 AM

    If by win now he means squeak out 8 or 9 wins and possibly be a wild card, I couldn’t disagree with that. No way they beat the Broncos for the division barring injury though.

  4. Iknoweverything says: Apr 2, 2013 9:06 AM

    Mr. Alex Smith is right.
    The Kansas City Chiefs, led by the genius Mr. Dorsey and the best head coach in the AFC, Mr. Andy Reid, have methodically assembled a team that will own the AFC for the next decade.

    Mr. Andy Reid finally has a class organization to support him, and a classy fanbase that actually knows football.. He has swindled the most underrated QB in the league. A QB that has never been given a top 10 WR, a top 5 RB, or the same system for more than 2 years in a row.

    The Raiders will never compete.
    The Chargers have squandered away their talent.
    And the Broncos are led by a over the hill QB, who’s neck will give out any day, and a defense that is S L O W.

  5. 4superbowls says: Apr 2, 2013 9:06 AM

    It’s cute when QBs sign with new teams…

  6. filthymcnasty1 says: Apr 2, 2013 9:08 AM

    Privately he’s admitted the Chiefs are screwed.

  7. goldrush36 says: Apr 2, 2013 9:11 AM

    I don’t know about first but i certainly wouldn’t take them for granted. Denver did have a buttery soft schedule last year so I wouldn’t be shocked if KC makes it tough on them

  8. jjb0811 says: Apr 2, 2013 9:14 AM

    Sure they can. It happens every year. But Smith and Reid have proven with other teams they aren’t the best at their jobs. I’d expect 8-8 year.

  9. jshamley says: Apr 2, 2013 9:18 AM

    Sure. But can they win when the season starts?

  10. 16to87 says: Apr 2, 2013 9:23 AM

    Alex must still be in a concused daze

  11. mythaimyke says: Apr 2, 2013 9:29 AM

    Smith needs to be drugged check! Whats he smoking? No chance to be a contender.

  12. strokeytheclown says: Apr 2, 2013 9:29 AM

    There may be a considerable obstacle in Denver, Alex. Hell, what am I saying? Oakland and San Diego too!

  13. staff2cj says: Apr 2, 2013 9:33 AM

    Another QB flop in KC…Remember Harbaugh made you…

  14. whiskeywaters says: Apr 2, 2013 9:33 AM

    They shouldn’t be worse than last year

  15. greglloydrules says: Apr 2, 2013 9:38 AM

    You’re not THAT good. Glad you got a starting gig Alex, but just take it easy

  16. coryfor3 says: Apr 2, 2013 9:44 AM

    He’s right. There is no reason it can’t happen and it isn’t like the Chiefs are lacking the talent. And they are in a very winnable division. Only the Broncos are really clearly ahead of them.

  17. kcflake says: Apr 2, 2013 9:47 AM

    Alex Smith and Andy Reid will lead the Chiefs back to the playoff in the next 2 Years. Get Ready for Some Fun Chiefs Fans.

  18. beauregard says: Apr 2, 2013 9:48 AM

    Peyton Manning has the AFC West tied up for the next two years or so. Chargers and Chiefs fight it out for the wildcard spot.

  19. eatitfanboy says: Apr 2, 2013 9:49 AM

    It happens just about every year it seems. Some hopeless team goes from worst to the playoffs in a single season. Last year it was the Colts.

    Irregardless, what in the world do people expect him to say? Don’t get your hopes up, folks, we’re gonna stink?

  20. trollhammer20 says: Apr 2, 2013 10:02 AM

    I seem to recall a few seasons ago the Chiefs had a young, aggressive defense and an awesome running game. They won the West, lost to the Ravens in the opening round, but everyone thought they were a team to watch.

    A couple of injury-plagued seasons and some sub-par QB play later, they still have a lot of those pieces in place. If KC does turn things around this year and compete even for a Wild Card, would it really be that much of a surprise?

  21. thestrategyexpert says: Apr 2, 2013 10:05 AM

    Well sure they “could”, but not with the types of moves they have been making and all of the types of moves they “should” be making to try and set up that kind of a transition. If they want to go from worst to first, it sure looks like they are blowing that opportunity to me.

  22. jam11163 says: Apr 2, 2013 10:12 AM

    dream team part 2 for andy.

  23. redandgoldhitman52 says: Apr 2, 2013 10:26 AM

    alex please put down the blunt. your obviously still suffering from concussion symptoms.

  24. rayguyreturns says: Apr 2, 2013 10:41 AM

    I needed a good laugh this morning.

  25. wtfpft says: Apr 2, 2013 10:48 AM

    Looks like Alex smith and Tamba hali have already formed a relationship. Puff puff pass Alex

  26. salventuri says: Apr 2, 2013 10:55 AM

    It must be embarrassing to be a Chief. Not only do you get to play in that dump called Arrowhead Stadium, but you also get to see tickets to home games being sold on Stub Hub for $9.

  27. salventuri says: Apr 2, 2013 11:16 AM

    Alex Smith = Mark Sanchez.

  28. fosteraustralianfortouchdown says: Apr 2, 2013 11:31 AM

    I think thats what you would expect him to say, Kansas City has a lot of pieces in place, elevated qb play would make a big difference from their record in 2012. I hope he works out KC has suffered long enough.

  29. raiderstink56 says: Apr 2, 2013 11:43 AM

    I sure hope your not a 9ner bum because if you do look at your own stadium, and also are fans don’t shoot other fans, and while we are at it we do pay our light bill and Arrowhead never go’s black by the way your team came all the way to Missouri to look at Aldon Smith you couldn’t find anyone at UCLA are USC pretenders made it all the way to the show just to have your coaches little brother kick your but and you have the nerve to talk trash trolls in Santa suits!

  30. coltzfan166 says: Apr 2, 2013 12:02 PM

    Alex Smith will do fine. I think Andy Reid is smart enough to know that all he has to do is manage Smith they way Harbaugh did.

  31. jprcox says: Apr 2, 2013 12:39 PM

    Chiefs are solving a lot of problems very quickly. The draft will simply add to this effort, and I think many people will predict a second place finish this year. A wildcard spot would be just fine for this year…looking up for next.

  32. sixjak says: Apr 2, 2013 2:13 PM

    @Iknoweverything , ummm okay Smith has had Gore his whole career. Do you know who Frank Gore is and what calibre of RB he is? Easily a top 5 RB.

    Granted A S has had a rough hand of cards dealt him from day one. He is a class act but he’s only ever flourished under Coach Harbaugh and Urban Meyers.

    With that, I hope all of your wildest dreams come true.

  33. kcmoney93 says: Apr 2, 2013 2:59 PM

    There are so many Chiefs haters and fake fans on here posting that it’s ridiculous. Chiefs will be a top contending team and will win it’s division. They have made alot of good offseason moves. Getting rid of Cassell was the best move. Picking up Alex Smith was ok but not great. I personally like Geno Smith. So keeping Albert and picking up Geno would be my move. With him you don’t need a great line but a good one and keeping Albert would provide that. There are alot of players being over looked in this years draft. So hopefully the Chiefs can cash in with some sleepers at draft time to fill some spots.

  34. dallas1993 says: Apr 2, 2013 3:20 PM

    Im predicting KC to end up 8-8 .. They dont have a bad team at all, just didnt have a QB to lead the team. With the addition of A. Smith AND Andy Reid, the Cheifs have a bright future.

  35. dallas1993 says: Apr 2, 2013 3:27 PM

    @kcmoney93 KC is in a division with Denver, San Diego, and Oakland. You’re saying KC is going to beat Payton Manning and the Broncos? You’re crazy.

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