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Alex Smith thinks being a game manager will help this weekend

HOUSTON, TX - JANUARY 09: Quarterback Alex Smith #11 of the Kansas City Chiefs walks to the bench in the second quarter against the Houston Texans during the AFC Wild Card Playoff game at NRG Stadium on January 9, 2016 in Houston, Texas.  (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images) Getty Images

Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith has been called a game manager many times over the course of his career and seemed to bristle at it a few years ago.

That feeling seems to have gone away. During a conference call on Wednesday, Smith was asked if he takes it as a slight when people describe him as a game manager. Smith explained why he didn’t have a problem with it.

“You take the public’s meaning of the word and the negative connotations of it, but yeah, hands down, there absolutely is – there’s so many different situations, especially at this level that you have to know and they’re hard to teach,” Smith said. “Sometimes it comes from experience and playing a lot and being around, and the more you play, you just kind of bank all that stuff and you learn from watching other games and guys and what they do and talking about situations. But no question, I think that’s a huge aspect of football, especially situational football.”

Smith went on to say that he thinks his ability to manage situations will “absolutely” help him against the Patriots this weekend, because “little things can get magnified” in big games. It would help if Smith and the Chiefs don’t have to manage around wide receiver Jeremy Maclin’s absence due to a high ankle sprain, but Smith’s record over the last five years with both the 49ers and Chiefs shows that he has the ability to manage his way to wins more often than not.

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35 Responses to “Alex Smith thinks being a game manager will help this weekend”
  1. hatersgonnahatehate says: Jan 13, 2016 2:21 PM

    Should be a good game. Hopefully pats D can contain him, dudes a threat with his legs

  2. patsxsaintsfan says: Jan 13, 2016 2:27 PM

    I liked Alex smith I thought he was in some hard situations and as soon as he started to come into his own they put in kaepernick. I think he will never be the Brady’s or the Rodgers or rothelisburger who can just slice through a defense with adjustments at the line and with pure accuracy when you need it but that’s not a bad thing there’s only s few people in the world that talented and to be a top 10 or even 15 quarterback isn’t bad when you have a coach that knows that and isn’t asking you to do things you can’t. Call him a game manager but I saw a stat the other day only 4 other QBs have more wins than him in the past 5 years (might be slightly off) but still that says a lot. However with all that said I wouldn’t mind seeing him unable to manage the game this weekend

  3. TeeHeeLOLatPatsHaters says: Jan 13, 2016 2:30 PM

    I don’t think Smith is a game manager today.

    He’s not exactly an elite quarterback in this league but he actually will take chances from time to time both with his legs and in the air. Game managers have the reins on them and they’re not allowed to do that.

  4. joetoronto says: Jan 13, 2016 2:33 PM

    All he can do when he sees the flats and short middle covered is run, and he’s going to get blasted doing that.

  5. iamkillerfin says: Jan 13, 2016 2:37 PM

    Best be on your game Smith or the CHEATER patsies, the darlings of the NFL will end up with a win!!! GO CHIEFS!!!

  6. bsiefkes says: Jan 13, 2016 2:38 PM

    The only difference between Smith and the ‘elite’ quarterbacks is he is not as accurate with deep throws and he is more likely to take a sack then throw a risky pass. I’d take that as my quarterback back all day, given there are only 3 to 4 ‘elite’ quarterbacks at any given point in time. He may be a game manager, but he is one of the best game managers.

  7. jayniner says: Jan 13, 2016 2:41 PM

    Love to see Alex’s success in K.C.. We were stupid to let him go.

    Good job once again York and Baalke….morons.

  8. solo681 says: Jan 13, 2016 2:46 PM

    Hoyer was GIVER
    Smith is a MANAGE
    Brady is a TAKER

    Give + Manage = TAKE

  9. ctchiefsfan25 says: Jan 13, 2016 2:46 PM

    Go CHIEFS !!!

  10. usedjock says: Jan 13, 2016 2:47 PM

    I have never understood why it is such a bad label to call someone a game manager. If you win does it really matter?

  11. patsfan says: Jan 13, 2016 2:47 PM

    the term “game manager” misused anyway.

    Heck, Brady is a “game manager” also, albeit an exceptional one.

  12. vancouversportsbro says: Jan 13, 2016 2:48 PM

    Stingy defense and no turnovers…they will always have a shot. I’m just not a believer in that conservative offence against the Patriots. The Pats will score over 25 at home against any defense unless the Chiefs go beast mode like the Jets did in 2011.

  13. royallycheefy says: Jan 13, 2016 2:48 PM

    patsxsaintsfan says:Jan 13, 2016 2:27 PM

    “I think he will never be the Brady’s or the Rodgers or rothelisburger who can just slice through a defense with adjustments at the line and with pure accuracy when you need it but that’s not a bad thing…”
    ______________________

    That’s exctly what he’s been doing while on this winning streak though. Calling audibles at the LOS, playing smart football and being accurate.

  14. patriottony says: Jan 13, 2016 2:52 PM

    Big PATS Fan but: (bad news)

    Weather Sat Game time…HEAVY RAIN,,39 Degrees and winds 30 freaking MPH…I predict a 7-0 type game…you can’t even kick off with 30 mph winds much less FG or Punts…..you punt into a 30 mph wind it’s coming back at you

    This is going to be one butt ugly game

  15. kcflake says: Jan 13, 2016 2:52 PM

    Alex Smith has been GREAT for the CHiefs thus year, A Big reason we are still playing. Go Chiefs!

  16. nyjfan111 says: Jan 13, 2016 2:54 PM

    I like Alex Smith. Glad he’s successful in KC, always thought he got shafted in SF.

  17. mazenblue says: Jan 13, 2016 2:57 PM

    Alex Smith and Jim HArbaugh on to BIGGER and BETTER things.

  18. factman66 says: Jan 13, 2016 3:07 PM

    Big PATS Fan but: (bad news)

    Weather Sat Game time…HEAVY RAIN,,39 Degrees and winds 30 freaking MPH…I predict a 7-0 type game…you can’t even kick off with 30 mph winds much less FG or Punts…..you punt into a 30 mph wind it’s coming back at you

    This is going to be one butt ugly game
    ****
    Have no fear, the Deflator is still gainfully employed by the Pats. He’ll save the day!

  19. dexx57 says: Jan 13, 2016 3:16 PM

    HOW happy does Smith have to be? Traded from 49ers and then they completely fall apart and Krappersuck is a disaster and his team has won 11 in a row.

  20. ctiggs says: Jan 13, 2016 3:21 PM

    Smith is garage. 10 years in to the league and he is still behind Kap in Playoff victories. He needs a D to carry him, his arm sure cant. Quit saying that it was a mistake, he had 7 YEARS!

  21. ctiggs says: Jan 13, 2016 3:24 PM

    Alex apologist make me LOL. Please go read the comments the first couple weeks, when KC fans were tired of him. Give all the credit to Alex, “Middle classmen’s Manziel” Smith

  22. bullcharger says: Jan 13, 2016 3:25 PM

    5 of 8 QBs in the playoffs are Super Bowl champs and the other 3 are all first overall draft pics. Smith may be a game manager, but he got to the final 8 teams. I don’t understand the distinction that Smith is a game manager. He is good.

  23. jbaxt says: Jan 13, 2016 3:32 PM

    Yes, he had 7 years in SF… But totally disregard that he had 5 OC’s in that time, that when he finally had the same one for 2 years he was leading SF to the playoffs. So that BS that Kap has more wins, well it was due to Smith getting them there.

    How’s Kap doing these days? Still successful? Oh wait, they prefer Blaine Gabbert now…

  24. ctiggs says: Jan 13, 2016 3:35 PM

    bullcharger says:
    Jan 13, 2016 3:25 PM

    5 of 8 QBs in the playoffs are Super Bowl champs and the other 3 are all first overall draft pics. Smith may be a game manager, but he got to the final 8 teams. I don’t understand the distinction that Smith is a game manager. He is good.

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    Rex Grossman, TJ Yates etc……………….. smith is a game manager

  25. ctiggs says: Jan 13, 2016 3:37 PM

    jbaxt says:
    Jan 13, 2016 3:32 PM

    Yes, he had 7 years in SF… But totally disregard that he had 5 OC’s in that time, that when he finally had the same one for 2 years he was leading SF to the playoffs. So that BS that Kap has more wins, well it was due to Smith getting them there.

    How’s Kap doing these days? Still successful? Oh wait, they prefer Blaine Gabbert now…

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    The ole 5 OCs in San Francisco argument. Did you guys ever stop and think if he was any good they wouldn’t have been fired.

  26. gotmygameon says: Jan 13, 2016 3:43 PM

    vancouversportsbro said:
    Stingy defense and no turnovers…they will always have a shot. I’m just not a believer in that conservative offence against the Patriots. The Pats will score over 25 at home against any defense unless the Chiefs go beast mode like the Jets did in 2011.

    Well Bro! That conservative offense has scored 28 points a game and allowed only 12 points a game and won 11 in a row so check your stats. Chiefs will win in New England.

  27. pats74 says: Jan 13, 2016 4:18 PM

    patriottony says:
    Jan 13, 2016 2:52 PM
    Big PATS Fan but: (bad news)

    Weather Sat Game time…HEAVY RAIN,,39 Degrees and winds 30 freaking MPH…I predict a 7-0 type game…you can’t even kick off with 30 mph winds much less FG or Punts…..you punt into a 30 mph wind it’s coming back at you

    This is going to be one butt ugly game
    ———————————————————————
    According to weatherbug the rain will have moved out by game time and it will be 42 degrees and partly cloudy with 9mph winds at kickoff. Not sure if that’s what the local forecasters are saying in Boston, but sounds like perfect football weather to me if that’s the case….

  28. jbaxt says: Jan 13, 2016 4:28 PM

    How’s the argument of SF completely sucking 3 years removed from Smith. I hear there are some leadership opportunities there. On the flip side, Smith is succeeding quite well in a stable environment. 11-6 year 1 with a playoff loss, 9-7 year 2, 12-5 with a playoff win and counting in year 3.

    Smith is not a top 5 QB, never will be, more like 8-12 range. But thats 20 notches higher than anyone else SF’s had in the last 3 years.

  29. patsfiend says: Jan 13, 2016 4:50 PM

    They called Brady a game manager.

  30. farmboss17 says: Jan 13, 2016 4:50 PM

    iamkillerfin says:
    Jan 13, 2016 2:37 PM
    Best be on your game Smith or the CHEATER patsies, the darlings of the NFL will end up with a win!!! GO CHIEFS!!!

    Why don’t you just go worry about the dullfins? Read up on your new coach. If you want to fill the time, read about the 9 head coaches the dullfins have had since BB became HC of the Patriots.

  31. bu2b1970 says: Jan 13, 2016 7:25 PM

    I’m sorry, but over the past few weeks I have watched the Chiefs, they have gotten away with obvious holding non-calls more than any team I have ever seen in my life. It’s obvious the WWE, I mean NFL, has an agenda here. If they beat the patriots, the fix is in.

  32. racyman57 says: Jan 13, 2016 8:56 PM

    So Alex Smith is embracing the “Game Manager” label. That tells me that he will come out and throw for 380 yards and 4 TD’s, like he did against Indy, in his first playoff game with the Chiefs.

    Andy Reid knows how well Belichick takes away the opponent’s strengths. He will likely focus on the short passing game, the screens, etc. Watch Reid have Alex come out slinging the football deep, to catch the Pats off guard and to try and get an early lead. I wouldn’t be a bit surprised by that.

  33. ashevillechief says: Jan 13, 2016 9:04 PM

    Alex Smith is a stud. Iceman.

  34. jjackwagon says: Jan 13, 2016 10:06 PM

    Hey ctiggs,

    Alex and the Chiefs have it better than you.

  35. alcottclan235 says: Jan 14, 2016 8:27 AM

    Wow, even VancouverSportsBro has seen the light and admitted the Pats are great. I think I just saw a pig fly past my window.

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