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Chiefs QB coach: Alex Smith is who we thought he was

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With Organized Team Activities underway in Kansas City, new quarterback Alex Smith has been exactly what the Chiefs thought they were getting when they traded this year’s second-round pick and next year’s second- or third-round pick to the 49ers to get him.

He’s been everything that we thought he was,” Chiefs quarterbacks coach Matt Nagy said of Smith, via the Kansas City Star. “He’s a true professional. He’s in his [playbook] every day. He’s always asking questions, trying to get better. He’s being a leader for the other [quarterbacks] as well.”

Chiefs offensive coordinator Doug Pederson echoed those comments.

“He’s comfortable with what we’re doing,” Pederson said. “He’s understanding the terminology, and he’s orchestrating that at the line of scrimmage. We’re really pleased with where he’s at right now.”

Looking good on the practice field in May, of course, is to be expected. So it’s not exactly time to start celebrating. But as long as Smith is an upgrade over Matt Cassel, his presence represents progress in Kansas City.

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73 Responses to “Chiefs QB coach: Alex Smith is who we thought he was”
  1. kwjsb says: Jun 1, 2013 9:06 AM

    This guy got the shaft, how do you win that many games and get demoted? As if a team would fire a coach who goes 14-2. (Sorry Marty)

  2. drohanimal says: Jun 1, 2013 9:08 AM

    Did they let him off the hook?

  3. nicholaspidgeon30 says: Jun 1, 2013 9:08 AM

    Dennis Green???

  4. nicholaspidgeon30 says: Jun 1, 2013 9:09 AM

    if you wanna crown him then crown his ass

  5. jr4real says: Jun 1, 2013 9:18 AM

    This thread should be comical

  6. unklepaulhargus says: Jun 1, 2013 9:24 AM

    Hope he is ready to throw the ball 50 times a game…..FU Andy.

  7. sb44champs says: Jun 1, 2013 9:26 AM

    Don’t worry, Chase Daniel will be starting QB before you know it…

  8. thesteelers says: Jun 1, 2013 9:26 AM

    A game manager?

  9. stankytoes12 says: Jun 1, 2013 9:27 AM

    U win as many games as him and get demoted when there is someone better than u on the bench who gets paid alot less money, for now.

  10. harrisbarton says: Jun 1, 2013 9:30 AM

    All Niner fans are rooting for an 8 – 8 season, to move that draft pick from a third to a second. Go Alex.

  11. skinsfaninok says: Jun 1, 2013 9:34 AM

    yep they said the same about Jason Campbell.

  12. larrydavid7000 says: Jun 1, 2013 9:35 AM

    So crown his ass. LOL.

  13. greyhawk9 says: Jun 1, 2013 9:37 AM

    A DRAFT BUST

  14. aces79 says: Jun 1, 2013 9:39 AM

    This is coming from a 49er fan Alex Smith sucks and he will always suck BUST

  15. benning89 says: Jun 1, 2013 9:40 AM

    “We talking bout practice! NOT a game…Practice!!”

    ~ Allen Iverson

  16. ilovefoolsball says: Jun 1, 2013 9:41 AM

    The best case scenario is that Peckerneck turns out to be a fraud and Harblow gets a lot of egg blown all over his face.
    That would be glorious and satisfying.

  17. elwaysmilehighdenver says: Jun 1, 2013 9:45 AM

    KC Chefs = AFC Cellar Dwellers

  18. raiderlyfe510 says: Jun 1, 2013 9:47 AM

    ilovefoolsball says:
    Jun 1, 2013 9:41 AM
    The best case scenario is that Peckerneck turns out to be a fraud and Harblow gets a lot of egg blown all over his face.
    That would be glorious and satisfying.
    —————————————————-
    If Alex Smith has a MVP year somehow the media will find a way to give Harbaugh credit for it.

  19. seatownballers says: Jun 1, 2013 9:49 AM

    Poor smith. This is like his 8th different offensive coordinator. Frustrating

  20. kcchiefsfandave says: Jun 1, 2013 9:53 AM

    Trolls already out in full force. How ya doin’ elway? Where’s your bud toronto?

    The Denny Green jokes are funny though.

  21. sampsonswag01 says: Jun 1, 2013 9:55 AM

    ilovefoolsball says:
    Jun 1, 2013 9:41 AM
    The best case scenario is that Peckerneck turns out to be a fraud and Harblow gets a lot of egg blown all over his face.
    That would be glorious and satisfying.

    ________________________________

    *NEWSFLASH* —when your alternative QB takes your team to the Super Bowl…..your decision is pretty much already validated. #getaclue

  22. jrebar88 says: Jun 1, 2013 9:57 AM

    Matt Cassel 2.0? HAHA Broncos own the West. In your dreams chefs.

  23. bearsoxass says: Jun 1, 2013 9:58 AM

    SF make a big mistake.

  24. whatjusthapped says: Jun 1, 2013 9:59 AM

    It’s human nature to compare your level of misery to the next guy’s and claim you don’t have to so bad.

    In this case, the Chief fans are looking at Ponder and saying they have it pretty good.

  25. bigbwoy000 says: Jun 1, 2013 10:01 AM

    “Hope he is ready to throw the ball 50 times a game…..FU Andy.”

    Do Bills fans treat Marv Levy the way Eagle fans treat Andy?? Of course not, because the much more football savvy fans in Buffalo understand how hard it was/is to get the chance to play for 4 Championships. How about Viking fans in Minnesota, do the treat Bud Grant as Eagle fans treat Andy Reid? Once again of course not.

    Eagle fans have no idea how good they have had in in the Andy Reid/Donovan McNabb era. But they are gonna find out.

  26. sampsonswag01 says: Jun 1, 2013 10:04 AM

    As a #49ers fan I can say that Smith is a serviceable QB when given strong QB coaching, such as with Any Reid, and a good support structure.

    He’ll never ‘wow’ you with his performances but he’s a smart, efficient and conservative QB who you can trust to not turn the ball over. That being said you better have a good defense because you don’t want to get behind if he’s under center.

    I hope Alex does well (a) because he’s a good guy (b) because a better than 8-8 season means another 2nd round pick and (c) KC has great BBQ and history of having success with past 49er QBs.

  27. phloorioisanarcissist says: Jun 1, 2013 10:08 AM

    elwaysmilehighdenver says:

    KC Chefs = AFC Cellar Dwellers
    ——————————————-

    Whatever you say troll. Better hope Peyton doesn’t get injured this year, or the donkeys are up the crick. Given his faltering play in the championship last year, don’t count on him putting on much of a show again come December, that is, if he stays healthy. At least the Chiefs are a team on the rise. No Peyton=no Donkeys.

  28. faithful209er says: Jun 1, 2013 10:08 AM

    O….K…..

    Good luck with that!
    smh

  29. faithful209er says: Jun 1, 2013 10:15 AM

    ilovefoolsball says:
    Jun 1, 2013 9:41 AM
    The best case scenario is that Peckerneck turns out to be a fraud and Harblow gets a lot of egg blown all over his face.
    That would be glorious and satisfying.

    ————————————————-

    Unfortunately, let me introduce you to the more likely scenario. Maybe not the “best case scenario” but certainly the most likely:

    Kaepernick is even better than before.
    Colt McCoy becomes as good as or better than Alex.
    Kaepernick goes down for a couple games in the next couple years.
    McCoy fills in admirably.
    Baalke trades McCoy for a couple more picks.

    All the meanwhile, Alex Smith is, well, the Alex Smith we all know and love (but still throws worse than Tebow.)

    End result: People like me will gloat and cheer and continue to praise IN HARBAUGH WE TRUST!!!

  30. phloorioisanarcissist says: Jun 1, 2013 10:16 AM

    @bigbwoy000:

    Couldn’t have said it any better. Don’t know of a more spiteful fan base in all the NFL. Instead they should be thanking him for so many winning seasons. As a chiefs fan, I know how frustrating it can be to go from a winning franchise (a long time ago) to one that can’t even smell the surface of the playoffs.

    “Playoffs, don’t talk about playoffs! Playoffs?!!”

    - Marv Levy

    At least when you have a chance at a Super Bowl, it gives you something to cheer for during the season.

    Most first year coaches in the NFL struggle, and I don’t see chip Kelly being any different. And that’s putting it mildly.

  31. canetic says: Jun 1, 2013 10:17 AM

    5-11 at best. 20 td’s, 18 int’s. Teddy Bridgewater next year. Alex Smith to Jets. There you go, I saved you a full season of watching the Chiefs.

  32. faithful209er says: Jun 1, 2013 10:18 AM

    bigbwoy000 says: Jun 1, 2013 10:01 AM

    “Hope he is ready to throw the ball 50 times a game…..FU Andy.”

    Do Bills fans treat Marv Levy the way Eagle fans treat Andy?? Of course not, because the much more football savvy fans in Buffalo understand how hard it was/is to get the chance to play for 4 Championships. How about Viking fans in Minnesota, do the treat Bud Grant as Eagle fans treat Andy Reid? Once again of course not.

    Eagle fans have no idea how good they have had in in the Andy Reid/Donovan McNabb era. But they are gonna find out.

    ————————————–

    What are they gonna find out? That they aren’t going to keep winning Super Bowls, like they did in the Reid/McNabb era? Just like how the football savvy Bills fans missed all the Wheaties boxes that Marv put their team on?

    Oh… Wait…….. :/

  33. hawkhater3825 says: Jun 1, 2013 10:26 AM

    Alright Alex! We hope for nothing but the Best for you…U are nothing but a class act and a True professional.I am u True Niner fan, but i will be rooting for Alex and the Chiefs this season..

  34. ninerfan81 says: Jun 1, 2013 10:30 AM

    He wont go down the field that’s what drives me nuts with Alex …he will not test the back end of the defense and stretch the field. Our scoring suffered as a result. Hewould also take unnecessary sacks. He grew under Harbaugh by leaps but just wouldn’t go down field over 20 yards.

  35. germanstingray says: Jun 1, 2013 10:39 AM

    After Cassel and Quinn last year, any QB would be an improvement. Unfortunately, I think Smith will be just good enough to doom the Chiefs to mediocrity for years to come.

  36. 49erstim says: Jun 1, 2013 10:40 AM

    Well THIS 49ers fans thanks Alex Smith for his time in SF and I’d root for him to do well even if there wasn’t an upgraded draft choice on the line. If you aren’t smart enough to understand all the turmoil this guy went through and see how it would’ve mentally broken most other players then you probably shouldn’t be commenting on anything…anytime. He inherited a franchise in SF that was skating on it’s past accomplishments and didn’t have any true direction. He showed flashes of ability, but nobody would’ve won consistently in the Nolan or Singletary eras. In short….go troll somewhere else.

  37. manuscriptx says: Jun 1, 2013 10:48 AM

    Alex Smith is who the Chiefs thought he was? Yeah, right.

    I’m sure Arizona thought the same about Kevin Kolb until week 5.

  38. droyer85 says: Jun 1, 2013 10:48 AM

    Chase Daniel will give him a run for his money.

  39. bigbwoy000 says: Jun 1, 2013 10:49 AM

    “What are they gonna find out?”

    So what you’re saying is that you would rather miss the playoffs & not have a chance to win a Super Bowl??

    Andy is the best coach in that franchises modern history, they had a chance most years with Andy. Many NFL franchises would love to take that chance with a coach & QB that Philly ran out of town & NEVER appreciated.

  40. jpmelon says: Jun 1, 2013 10:51 AM

    @ phloorioisanarcissist

    In reference to the guy who said “Playoffs?!? Don’t talk about playoffs. Playoffs?!?”

    Aren’t you thinking about Jim Mora? Not Marv Levy.

  41. cypressballs says: Jun 1, 2013 10:53 AM

    KC Chiefs: Give/trade us your tired, benched, aged backups. We don’t care. We just want to BBQ and get drunk and screw in the parking lot!! WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

  42. sampsonswag01 says: Jun 1, 2013 11:02 AM

    phloorioisanarcissist says:
    Jun 1, 2013 10:16 AM
    @bigbwoy000:

    Couldn’t have said it any better. Don’t know of a more spiteful fan base in all the NFL. Instead they should be thanking him for so many winning seasons. As a chiefs fan, I know how frustrating it can be to go from a winning franchise (a long time ago) to one that can’t even smell the surface of the playoffs.

    “Playoffs, don’t talk about playoffs! Playoffs?!!”

    - Marv Levy

    ________________________

    ehhhh….that was Jim Mora, Sr not Marv Levy.

  43. raidadon says: Jun 1, 2013 11:04 AM

    The net is full of haters. Not a fan of the chefs, but lookin at their options I dunt think the move fer Alice S”meh”th was all that bad. Season is a lot more fun when the Raiders n the chefs rivalry means somethin and doesn’t just decide who resides in the cellar. Now lets load up n kick Peyton Fanning’s hillbilly ass! RAIDER DAWN!!!

  44. smartanis says: Jun 1, 2013 11:09 AM

    Matt Nagy…isn’t he the guy that Andy Reid had in camp as a “coaching intern” who was actually practicing (and later signed) as a QB?

  45. lagg1 says: Jun 1, 2013 11:23 AM

    Andy Reid will build an offense around Smith, Charles and Bowe. The Chiefs have much more talent than teams with just 2 wins. Give Reid a chance.

  46. prmpft says: Jun 1, 2013 11:27 AM

    larrydavid7000 – man you beat me to it! HA!

    also raidadon – I love coach Allen – we will miss him in N.O. for sure – but you guys could not possibly hire enough DBs to stop P.M. from kicking your collective asses!

  47. souldogdave says: Jun 1, 2013 11:32 AM

    Peyton Fanning! I love it! I can’t stand him or Denver. I wanted to hate Alex Smith, but, as I’ve said before, I just can’t. He’s got both heart and stones, nice combo.

  48. spideysdog says: Jun 1, 2013 11:36 AM

    In no way a fan of the Chiefs or the Whiners. My Hawks were rivals of the Chiefs back in the good ole days of the AFC West and well, we all know the love between the Hawks and FortyWhiners now.

    On the flip side, I think this was a great trade for both sides. San Fran picks up valuable draft picks, and KC immediately upgraded the most important position on the field.

    In a year in which the QB crop out of college was ridiculously untalented and less than promising, I think Alex Smith was probably the best option available and they made the upgrade.

    While I don’t deny, as a Hawks fan, that I would rather see Smith under center than Kaepernick, I think most of the trolls on here are forgetting one important thing.

    Andy Reid, for all the smack Philly fans will talk, brought the most out of QBs. What success did McNabb have in Washington or Minnesota? Kevin Kolb was seen as the best up and coming back up qb when he was with Reid. Look what happened in AZ.

    I think Reid will have KC going in the right direction. Their not overcoming DEN this year. At least not if Manning stays healthy. But I kind of see the Chiefs as the Rams of last year under Fisher. Heading in the right direction.

  49. raiders757 says: Jun 1, 2013 11:36 AM

    I think Smith is a step up from what the Chiefs have had over the past few seasons, but I would advise their fans to step their expectations for this season down a few notches. The odds of going from THE worst team in football to a legit playoff contender in one off season is very slim. Don’t set yourself up for the same sort of disappointment you had last season.

    I’m not saying this out of bias, I’m just passing along some good advice from my own personal experience. The Raiders were in a similar position a few times in the 90′s, where expectations from the fans and media were much higher than what the team could actually achieve on the field.

  50. gosfvr says: Jun 1, 2013 11:37 AM

    Whatever disgruntled Eagles fans may think about Reid, he does get his QBs to play well.
    Alex is set up for success, I just hope Reid has learnt from his past mistakes and relies on a good ground game to help Alex Smith out.

    I wish nothing but the best for Alex, I appreciate him sticking with the niners through everything that happened.

  51. lanzurrah says: Jun 1, 2013 11:46 AM

    He’s still better than Matt Flynn? So…they have the 3rd best QB in the AFC West.

  52. outlawshark says: Jun 1, 2013 11:53 AM

    A once proud division has 3 rebuilding teams and one buying the Super Bowl. I have always had great respect for KC and will always root for their success. They are one of the grass roots teams in the NFL. I think they are moving in the right direction as well as their developmentally challenged division mates. As a Donkey hater, I can see the writing on the wall. In 2 years, the aging Donkeys will be in the cellar and all 3 young rebuilders will be competing for the division. Here’s to hoping Denver continues their failing ways until then. P.S. Not a Niner fan, but I’m hoping KC success turns into that second rounder for them.

  53. sportnorcal says: Jun 1, 2013 12:15 PM

    Good luck Alex.
    Always handled yourself with class. A true professional.

    I dont know many players that could have survived what he endured our here with us but wish him the best. He finally gets a fresh start with no baggage to see what he can do.

  54. Stiller43 says: Jun 1, 2013 12:29 PM

    “He’s been everything that we thought he was,”

    So you already regret the trade, huh?

  55. blogatron2000 says: Jun 1, 2013 12:31 PM

    This is actually very good news.

    Alex Smith was hands down the best available choice for the Chiefs this off season. Is he a franchise QB or a long term answer? No. That’s not why he’s here.

    He was brought in to be exactly what he is, an efficient and effective leader who takes care of the ball. The Chiefs will be a markedly better team instantly with him in the huddle. The additions of Chase Daniel and Tyler Bray mean that the QB situation in KC is more solid than it has been in years. Chiefs are definitely on the rise.

    Troll all you want, but have the stones to show back up admit you were wrong when this team kicks your team’s backside.

  56. redandgoldhitman52 says: Jun 1, 2013 12:33 PM

    im glad hes gone. worst 49er qb in the last 30 years. cant believe how many chances he got in SF after playing crappy year after year. JT o’sullivan and shaun hill were better then alex smith.

  57. thirdistheworrd says: Jun 1, 2013 12:34 PM

    Good thing they didn’t let him off the hook then. Also I apologize if that joke has already been made 67 times.

  58. 2livecoos says: Jun 1, 2013 1:06 PM

    I thought Dennis Green wrote the article when I first read the headline….. lol

  59. wolff111 says: Jun 1, 2013 1:49 PM

    Is this before he threw 2 picks in the first four passes yesterday?

  60. japmen says: Jun 1, 2013 2:23 PM

    We all will be saying the same thing…after another terrible Chiefs season goes down the tube.

  61. realphinsfan says: Jun 1, 2013 2:30 PM

    “Looking good on the practice field in May, of course, is to be expected.”

    LMFAO Unless your name is Mark F. Sanchez :P

  62. phloorioisanarcissist says: Jun 1, 2013 2:46 PM

    “Playoffs?! Don’t talk about playoffs! Playoffs?!”

    Yeah, Jim Mora, not Marv Levy.

    Thanks for the correction guys, my bad.

  63. crubenst says: Jun 1, 2013 2:57 PM

    He is what they thought he was. A leader. A studier. A workaholic with a bad arm.

  64. jrebar88 says: Jun 1, 2013 2:58 PM

    I see that chiefs fans are still delusional. Get it through your tiny brain that PFM is not going to get hurt…or keep being that low, because you bums did cheer your own qb getting injured. Worst fan base in the league.

  65. rap49er says: Jun 1, 2013 3:36 PM

    Great trade for the Chiefs.
    Great trade for the 49ers.
    Bad news for the Seahawks.

  66. steves11 says: Jun 1, 2013 3:40 PM

    “As if a team would fire a coach who goes 14-2″

    I can only guess that Alex Smith got fired as QB of the 49ers because they thought the team went 14-2 “in spite” of him, not “because” of him.

  67. pemory says: Jun 1, 2013 3:53 PM

    Above average QB, who will do fine with Andy Reid as his HC, but not win any championships. The 49ers made out great in all this by cutting the chord with Smith and trading him for draft picks. Chiefs fans will love him at first (when the win 8-9 games), but learn to hate him because he’s unwilling to push the ball down the field when needed.

  68. jprcox says: Jun 1, 2013 4:00 PM

    Chiefs got the better end of this deal. SF will be in a world of hurt if C.Kap goes down with injury, which is 10x more likely with that “type” of QB play.

    Teams who run their QB’s as another tailback option will find out why this typically isn’t done now-a-days in the NFL.

  69. unklepaulhargus says: Jun 1, 2013 5:22 PM

    Unless ya live in Philly ya don’t know how frustrating Reid is as your coach. Terrible game day adjustments, horrible time management, predictable play calling, Shall I go on? Reid had success when the rest of the division was garbage. He also had no success after JJ passed away.

  70. msclemons67 says: Jun 1, 2013 6:58 PM

    Some day the Chiefs will have a quarterback that wasn’t benched by another team. Until then, sorry Chiefs fans. I don’t know how you keep going back for more of other teams’ castoffs.

  71. bigbwoy000 says: Jun 1, 2013 8:06 PM

    So tired of Eagle fans giving Jimmy Johnson no part of the 4 NFC champ game losses & the SB loss.

    Jan. 27 2001 (NFC Championship) at St. Louis Rams Lost 29-24 — JJ’s defense gives up 29 in a loss.

    Jan. 19 2002 (NFC Championship) Tampa Bay Buccaneers Lost 27-10 JJ’s defense gives up 27

    Jan. 18 2003 (NFC Championship) Carolina Panthers Lost 13-3 THAT one os on the offense

    Feb. 6 2004 (SUPER BOWL XXXIX) New England Patriots Lost 24-21 — gave up 24 to the Pats – that Patriot team was far from a juggernaut offense

    Jan. 18 2008 (NFC Championship) at Arizona Cardinals Lost 32-25 JJ’s defense give up 32 to Kurt Warner & the Cards.

    Jimmy Johnson deserves just as much of the blame for 4 of the Championship losses guys. The guy doesn’t deserve to be given all the credit for wins with no responsibility for the failures.

  72. chadlaugh says: Jun 2, 2013 1:53 PM

    SF fans think they know who Alex Smith is because of horrific coaching. However they had the same defensive players too and no one is slamming those guys.

    We in KC know what a difference coaching makes. Even Cassel could win in NE. Six pro bowlers and a decent QB. Reid has all the tools he needs to make SF eat crow.

  73. jc3434 says: Jun 3, 2013 4:08 AM

    if u look on paper other than tight end the chiefs offensive skill positions are better than niners..Jamaal Charles over Frank gore…Dwayne bowe doesn’t benefit from an elite tight end the way Crabtree does but still plays well with no qb….kaep is mre exciting than smith obviously but if u look at the depth chart the chiefs offense is mre appealing IMO coaching and defense seperates the two

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