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Chiefs give Alex Smith some work in the pistol

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It didn’t take long for the Chiefs’ new pistol consultant, Chris Ault, to get busy.

The former Nevada coach helped popularize the short shotgun formation and became famous with the success of his pupil Colin Kaepernick. Now, he’s helping Alex Smith try to learn it.

According to Adam Teicher of the Kansas City Star, the Chiefs ran a “handful of plays” from the formation in OTAs last week.

Smith was an effective runner in college at Utah, rushing 135 times for 631 yards and 10 touchdowns in 2004.

But perhaps the biggest beneficiary could be Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles, who should have more open space with which to work if Smith’s on the move. Coupled with what could be a very good offensive line, the Chiefs have a chance to make it work.

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29 Responses to “Chiefs give Alex Smith some work in the pistol”
  1. mazblast says: May 20, 2013 5:53 PM

    Pistol? OK, in small doses and to give the opposing coaches something else to plan against.

    Just don’t put Smith in the read option, he’d get killed.

  2. elwaysagenius says: May 20, 2013 5:54 PM

    A futile attempt at defeating the genius that is John Elway

  3. treesloth16 says: May 20, 2013 6:16 PM

    I hope the Chiefs destroy the Chargers 2x this year, to show what an inept and futile franchise San Diego is. Get rid of the Spanos family, and the Chargers will be successful once again. Oh not to mention I’m rooting for Alex Smith (a native San Diegan).

    Sincerely,
    a Chargers fan

  4. papertiger418 says: May 20, 2013 6:22 PM

    Ha! We’ll see how Jazz Hands holds up.

  5. afcdomination says: May 20, 2013 6:24 PM

    its funny to read negative comments from people who seem to think that pistol means read option.

  6. anicra says: May 20, 2013 6:26 PM

    Just think how far Alex Smith has came.
    Carl Brutananadilewski said this about Alex Smith after Saints playoff loss in 2011,
    “They (Saints) just got beat by a dude who was one year away from Arena league or cutting is foot off for insurance money.”

  7. jdphx says: May 20, 2013 6:29 PM

    Ouch! Bring in the Coach.. who taught the guy..
    who took your job.. to teach YOU! Very ouch!!

  8. sgtr0c says: May 20, 2013 6:30 PM

    two words—- Andy Reid. He had Brian Westbrook and McCoy and still avoided the run. And, he had a lot of chances to draft/sign a big back to be a power run team and he avoided it like the plague. Don’t get to excited about free space for a running back. Better hope he can catch a lot of passes, cause to Reid, a pass to a running back is the same as a run to him.

    He also brought in the wildcat system, as a decoy, and never really tried to run it.

  9. baileytheskydiver says: May 20, 2013 6:33 PM

    not at all a chief fan but i think this could be the surprise team of the year, a lot of talent with a good coach and a decent QB that i feel is a little underrated. I wouldn’t be surprised at all if they give Denver a run for their money.

  10. starvingardens says: May 20, 2013 6:35 PM

    I think with the addition of Chris Ault and the pistol, paired together with Reid’s offensive capabilities, it looks like the Chiefs are going to do good things.

    The only real concern for the Chiefs would be getting passed the Broncos in the division. Other than that, things are wide open. All of the powerhouses in the AFC have lost key players so picking a favorite is a lot harder.

  11. surfer9er says: May 20, 2013 6:48 PM

    “But perhaps the biggest beneficiary could be Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles, ”
    —————————————————-
    lol, even without the Pistol, he’d be the biggest beneficiary ……… because “Captain Checkdown” will be dumping it off to him almost immediately. Good luck!

  12. deathonwings410 says: May 20, 2013 6:52 PM

    Chiefs will win the AFC West.

  13. therealtrenches says: May 20, 2013 7:21 PM

    Now that we have a bona-fide picture of the QB, any of you half-witted Chiefs fans wanna comment about how Eric Fisher is really the guy who’s gonna protect Smith’s blindside, because Smith is left handed?

  14. beauregard says: May 20, 2013 7:26 PM

    Wow Deathonwings….I know you’re a fan and all but this was a 2 win team last year and you have them overtaking a team that went 13-3 last year and has a HOF QB passing to some of the leagues best receivers? I gotta love your enthusiasm though.

  15. thesteelers says: May 20, 2013 7:27 PM

    It will be fun to see Alex Smith crash and burn. Harbaugh’s system made him look good. Now it’s back to being career 79 QB rating quarterback we all know.

  16. benning89 says: May 20, 2013 7:29 PM

    Not a Chiefs fan, but think Alex Smith is a real Class Act and hope he as success.

  17. hedleykow says: May 20, 2013 7:31 PM

    I’m considering taking 7/1 on the Chiefs to win the division, based on which qb is mostly likely to make it through the season without physical/medical problems, Manning or Smith. 7 to 1 almost makes it worth a shot … but not quite.

  18. afcdomination says: May 20, 2013 7:42 PM

    its so funny to see people point out westbrook as some evidence of a guy not running the ball. difference here is, Jamaal Charles is the back in KC, and he can take 230 carries average 6 ypc and have around 1400-1600 yards easily give or take 1-2 big runs.

    then you look at how many receptions westbrook would get in comparison to Charles. the carries Charles will lose, he will gain back via receptions. this is a guy who can split wide like a wide receiver and beat your best DB.

    but yeah, Charles is really going to hate this offense.

    cmon haters, at least be smart with it.

  19. Iknoweverything says: May 20, 2013 8:12 PM

    Not only will the Chiefs make it work, they will lead the league in offense this year.
    Andy Reid has finally got an owner and fans with class who actually know football(unlike some of the simpletons who posted above).

    The Chiefs are almost assembled to dynasty status, just a couple more tweaks and this team will be dominating for a decade.
    Charles, and McCluster are gonna explode, KABOOM!

  20. realpro14 says: May 20, 2013 8:15 PM

    Obviously alot of fearful BRONCO fans have come to check in on the CHIEFS…

  21. officialgame says: May 20, 2013 8:29 PM

    The pistol is nothing more then a shorter version of the shot gun and it was devised to allow offenses to have more of a running game by way of formations. And the formations vary by way of the skill set of the QB. Kaperlick and Wilson would use more read option sets while Alex Smith would use more spread formations. Both pistol versions allow a more potent running game then a standard shot gun offense because the backs gets a running start.

  22. bobleblah says: May 20, 2013 8:33 PM

    Dream Scheme.

  23. Iknoweverything says: May 20, 2013 8:43 PM

    bobleblah says: May 20, 2013 8:33 PM

    Dream Scheme.

    ************************************

    After waiting for so long, you finally got to use another persons lame quote.

    Awwww, I feel so sad for you.

  24. Iknoweverything says: May 20, 2013 8:57 PM

    officialgame says: May 20, 2013 8:29 PM

    The pistol is nothing more then a shorter version of the shot gun and it was devised to allow offenses to have more of a running game by way of formations. And the formations vary by way of the skill set of the QB. Kaperlick and Wilson would use more read option sets while Alex Smith would use more spread formations. Both pistol versions allow a more potent running game then a standard shot gun offense because the backs gets a running start.

    *********************************

    And folks, now you have the true definition of the pistol, it’s history, and a quick play by play for good measure.

    Aren’t we so lucky to have such legendary football geniuses, who are never hesitant to give us all their unsolicited wealth of brainpower?

  25. kennykenken8 says: May 20, 2013 10:50 PM

    Alex Smith is no stranger to the pistol offense. He ran it at Utah in college…

  26. joetoronto says: May 21, 2013 5:52 AM

    Talk about a match made in heaven, Alex Smith and the Kansas City Chiefs.

    Last overall, again.

  27. boyshole25 says: May 21, 2013 6:50 AM

    Surprise team on the upcoming season

  28. bigj7769 says: May 21, 2013 10:20 AM

    It’s amazing how everyone praises Elway, he wouldn’t have even won a Super Bowl without Terrell Davis and his big west personnel move was signing Peyton Manning! LOL What a brilliant personnel decision, signing a hall of fame qb. What a mastermind

  29. jjackwagon says: May 21, 2013 3:35 PM

    Good to see Trollonto back in action. I thought you were sick or something. Chiefs probably won’t win the division, but they will finish better than your trainwreck team.

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