Alex Smith: “Pointless” to worry about adding a quarterback

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The Chiefs have 10 picks in this year’s draft and a look at both their list of visitors in the pre-draft season and the makeup of their roster suggests one of them will be used on a quarterback.

The team has spent time with top prospects at the position, including this week’s visit with Cal’s Davis Webb, and they have three quarterbacks on their current roster, leading starter Alex Smith to note that “someone’s coming in” one way or another. If that quarterback should come in as an early draft pick, there will be plenty of speculation about what it means for Smith’s future with the team but Smith says it’s “unproductive” for him to worry about it.

“This time of year, QBs are coming in just like every other position,” Smith said, via the Kansas City Star. “To be honest, it’s a pretty free, open conversation. We talk to the QBs. ‘Hey, who do you like? How’s this guy? How’s that guy?’ You know? And kind of have open conversation. … It’s out of our hands, so in a sense, any anxiety you might have over it is pointless, to be honest.”

Coach Andy Reid noted the team has drafted quarterbacks in two of the last three years by way of saying that Smith knows “how this whole thing works.” There would certainly be a difference between those fifth-round additions, neither of whom remain on the roster, and what a pick in the first couple of rounds would say about the franchise’s plans.

25 responses to “Alex Smith: “Pointless” to worry about adding a quarterback

  1. Typical mindset of typical fans: Alex sucks, because he’s not elite.

    I hope those people don’t consider their kids stupid for not being in the top 5% of their grade.

  2. If the chiefs select a QB in the 1st round, it’ll be the first time doing so since 1983 where they passed on HOFers Jim Kelly and Dan Marino to instead select Todd Blackledge.

  3. Alex has taken the Chiefs as far as he can, he just doesn’t have the ability to get any further.

  4. Alex Smith played his first NFL snap before twitter was invented. He must be doing something right.

  5. Alex is the definition of mediocre, and the team is not good enough for him to Dilfer his way to a Super Bowl. If they can get a viable option who ain’t afraid to throw it more than 8 yards down the field, they should do it.. But, as a Raider fan, I’d rather they stick with Captain Checkdown and keep being 1 and done when it counts.
    Thanks for passing up on Carr!
    – Raider Nation

  6. Here’s my analyisis after watching every Chiefs game and every Chiefs play ever since Super Bowl #1. In the NFL you have the top 5 QB’s and you have the bottom 5QB’s. Then there’s a scramble how to place the other 22 starters. Alex Smith probably comes in around somewhere about #14 to #16 in my opinion. I do NOT believe the Chiefs will win a SuperBowl with this guy.

  7. Even if the Patriots ceased to exist tomorrow, Alex Smith is never leading KC to represent the AFC in the Super Bowl.

    Having a maximum distance throw of 5 yards is enough to eek out a decent record here and there, but it’s not enough to advance through the playoffs against big boy teams.

    Time to move on, Chiefs.

  8. bighoser says: Apr 18, 2017 10:39 AM
    But, as a Raider fan, I’d rather they stick with Captain Checkdown and keep being 1 and done when it counts.
    Thanks for passing up on Carr!
    – Raider Nation

    Oh, you must be one of those “true Raider fans” who Derek Carr appreciates. You know, the “loyal ones”. You’re like the cuckold who doesn’t mind being cheated on, left for multiple times and she only comes back to you because you throw a boatload of money at her. Now she’s leaving you again and you’re still “loyal”. Point your finger at another team’s QB, but at least that team isn’t leaving their city AGAIN.

  9. The Chiefs are on the lookout for a QB that can throw it 6 yards downfield because they don’t have one right now.

  10. absolutevisuals says:
    Apr 18, 2017 11:14 AM
    “Having a maximum distance throw of 5 yards”

    And this is why nobody gives fans any serious thought.

    I noticed you didn’t dispute the first point I made…because there is no disputing it.

  11. Even if the Patriots ceased to exist tomorrow, Alex Smith is never leading KC to represent the AFC in the Super Bowl.

    Having a maximum distance throw of 5 yards is enough to eek out a decent record here and there, but it’s not enough to advance through the playoffs against big boy teams.

    Can’t wait for the preseason. Then you can get out there and show us why you should be starting instead of Smith..

  12. Having a maximum distance throw of 5 yards is enough to eek out a decent record here and there, but it’s not enough to advance through the playoffs against big boy teams.

    Which makes you wonder how Brady does it. Last year TB was 8.23 in YPA, Smith was 7.16. A little over 1 yard per attempt.

    Brady wins the SB and Smith gets tagged as a QB that can’t get it done. Even though he ranked higher than Palmer, Carr, Flacco, Cam Newton, & Eli Manning to name a few.

  13. Which makes you wonder how Brady does it. Last year TB was 8.23 in YPA, Smith was 7.16. A little over 1 yard per attempt.

    Brady wins the SB and Smith gets tagged as a QB that can’t get it done. Even though he ranked higher than Palmer, Carr, Flacco, Cam Newton, & Eli Manning to name a few.

    Smith was also 27th in touchdowns, and KC as a team was 24th in yards per completion. So no, it all doesn’t make me wonder why Smith is tagged as someone who can’t “get it done.” It’s pretty obvious.

  14. The Chiefs culture, furthered now by Andy Reid, is merely to make the playoffs. That makes everybody happy, win or lose. Small market team, small time goals. That’s the Chiefs.

  15. Smith was also 27th in touchdowns, and KC as a team was 24th in yards per completion.

    Ahhh….so you are saying the WRs have to do something with the ball after they catch it. I guess this is really a team game after all.

  16. Poor raider fans. “Captain Checkdown” is 7-1 against them since coming to KC. Of course being 1-13, in winning seasons in the last 14 years, they’re easily confused by statistics and numbers.

  17. It’s funny when smart guy Football guys don’t understand screens and bubbles. “Check down Alex and all that.” That’s exactly what Brady & Manning do, they’ve just had better guys to work with in those systems. Apparently being more run reliant didn’t work at those times.

    Of course, there are so many people that never talk about defense..

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