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Andy Reid: We love Alex Smith, but he’s getting older

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Chiefs coach Andy Reid insists that the decision to trade up in the first round and draft quarterback Patrick Mahomes is not a reflection on the current status of the incumbent starter, Alex Smith.

Reid said on PFT Live that Smith is still the starting quarterback and still getting ready to lead his team in 2017, hopefully all the way.

“Alex’s primary worry is about getting himself ready to go win a Super Bowl,” Reid said. “Because of my respect for Alex, I do keep him abreast of things, and I did in this case by just telling him, ‘Listen, there’s a good chance we take a quarterback. I can’t tell you exactly where, but there’s a good chance we take a quarterback in this draft. And you just keep being you and go play.'”

So why spend both this year’s first-round pick and next year’s first-round pick to go get Mahomes? Because Smith turns 33 on Sunday.

“We have complete confidence in Alex Smith, we love Alex Smith here, and we love the things that he’s done and will continue to do for us,” Reid said. “That’s not an issue. The only issue is that we’re all getting a little older. Unfortunately this happens in life, and Alex is getting up there at 32, and you’ve got to start thinking of — not that it’s happening right now — but you’ve got to think a little bit about the future there. Particularly at that position, you have to do that.”

So Reid has full confidence in Smith helping the Chiefs beat their opponents in 2017. He just doesn’t think Smith, or anyone, can beat Father Time.

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  1. ricko1112 says: May 2, 2017 8:34 AM

    And he’s the definition of average…

  2. touchdownroddywhite says: May 2, 2017 8:37 AM

    Alex Smith surely is bright enough to look at Reid’s past handling of QBs and see he has 2 years left before he’s shipped out for a bag of Funyuns, if not just outright released.

    Smith has been a pro’s pro his whole career though and will play his tail off in the mean time and handle his exit with class before getting one last short term starter contract from a team who just wants respectable play at the position for a season while they rebuild.

  3. twoteamsforlosangeles says: May 2, 2017 8:39 AM

    Translation: We love you Alex, but you’ve hit your plateau.

    Remember, Harbaugh pulled the trigger on Smith and reached the Super Bowl, even if it was with Kaepernick

  4. jgedgar70 says: May 2, 2017 8:40 AM

    Father Time is undefeated, so it’s wise to think ahead. Just not sure this guy is worth 2 first-round picks.

  5. joetoronto says: May 2, 2017 8:42 AM

    I think they’re looking for a QB that can throw beyond 5 yards from the LOS.

  6. brandonj21 says: May 2, 2017 8:47 AM

    Age 33 for a QB is not really that old. The KC organization just realizes that they will not win a title with Alex Smith. What you have been seeing the past years is what you get from him.

  7. agbnewfoundlaw says: May 2, 2017 8:47 AM

    Father Time is undefeated, so it’s wise to think ahead. Just not sure this guy is worth 2 first-round picks.

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    I mean if you think about it if he is their starter for the next say 12 years it was worth it. Even if they don’t win a Super Bowl.

    In those 12 years at most there would be 12 QBs only to win a SB. When you figure that at least 1 or 2 will win multiple SBs then it’s more like 10 so less than 1/3 of the league will win on.

    QB has been such a terrible and influx situation for the Chiefs for the last 40 years almost. The last QB they drafted that won them a game was Todd Blackledge in 83. He was also the last QB taken by them in the 1st round until this year.

    So yeah if Mahommes leads them for 10-15 years and they are always in the conversation and pushing for playoff berths and wins and possibly the occasional SB appearance it was well worth it even if they don’t win one.

    Now if he’s out of the league in 5 years like Jamarcus Russell then it was a terrible pick obviously :).

  8. 49ersfury says: May 2, 2017 8:52 AM

    Chiefs love former 49er QBs.

    Problem with Alex Smith is that he’s not accurate outside the numbers , but he’s hell with throws to the middle of the field.

  9. bonitalocal says: May 2, 2017 8:57 AM

    “Andy Reid: We love Alex Smith, but he’s getting older”
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    Folks……you have just witnessed the full extent of Andy’s time-management skills!

  10. sodoyoufeelluckypunk says: May 2, 2017 8:57 AM

    Why Alex, you look like someone just walked all over your grave. Aint that a daisy?

  11. captainwhodat says: May 2, 2017 8:58 AM

    has anyone described Mahomes as a “franchise qb”…Chiefs with what they gave up to select Mahomes sure must think so..

  12. sodoyoufeelluckypunk says: May 2, 2017 8:59 AM

    Kicked to the curb at 32. Yeah Andy, the guy is ancient. Brady is laughing!

  13. FourTimeLoserTorontoBills says: May 2, 2017 9:00 AM

    Moby Mahomes will be a major bust

  14. mickmars says: May 2, 2017 9:02 AM

    You gotta wonder how much longer it’ll be until Andy Reid’s deft clock management and timeout skills will be “getting old” to the front office folks in KC…

  15. jxt2521 says: May 2, 2017 9:24 AM

    Mahomes won’t see the field for at least 2 years. He has tons of talent but the WC offense is hard to pick up and he’s coming from a college spread. He’s basically going to learn Chinese and how physically superior nfl players are to college players for two straight years. 2019 might be his time to shine.

  16. jonathankrobinson424 says: May 2, 2017 9:24 AM

    Andy Reid has great success with QB’s Favre, McNabb, Smith….I see no reason why he won’t mold Mahomes into a high caliber NFL QB…..it will just take a year or 2. In addition, Andy is going to start getting fan pressure to get over the hump in the playoffs….he knows he only has few more years of rope left.

  17. jjackwagon says: May 2, 2017 9:24 AM

    mickmars says:
    May 2, 2017 9:02 AM
    You gotta wonder how much longer it’ll be until Andy Reid’s deft clock management and timeout skills will be “getting old” to the front office folks in KC…
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    Well let’s see, Rex Ryan took the Jets to the AFCC twice and then had four losing seasons before the Jets FO got rid of him(granted it is the Jets). Rexy doesn’t have near the resume’ of Andy.
    So I would guess Andy will need a minimum of four consecutive losing seasons before they will even think about it.

  18. steelerdeathstar says: May 2, 2017 9:35 AM

    Alex Smith is a solid veteran QB, whose lack of great arm strength limits KC’s playbook a bit. He likely has one more year as their starter…maybe two…before Mahomes takes over.
    Mahomes has a much stronger arm than Smith, but whether he will ever match Smith’s on-field discipline is open to debate.

  19. charliecharger says: May 2, 2017 9:36 AM

    This is also about Andy getting older, and he wants to win a super bowl before he retires. He also doesn’t want to have to work so hard to do it. With Alex Smith at QB, Andy has to use every second he has to try to figure out a play that’s going to trick the defense. He really has to win the chess match every play. That’s why they burn timeouts. Andy is one of the best game managers I’ve ever seen. He’s never had the HOF QB that most great coaches have had. Andy’s had to actually coach.

  20. dvdman123 says: May 2, 2017 9:37 AM

    Well somehow I don’t buy it when Brady and Brees seem to be doing just fine and they are in their late 30’s. Just be honest Andy and tell them the real reason, we just don’t think Alex can takes us to the next level so we are preparing.

  21. factschecker says: May 2, 2017 9:37 AM

    I mean if you think about it if he is their starter for the next say 12 years it was worth it. Even if they don’t win a Super Bowl.
    ———–
    If you are suggesting that it will be OK for Mahomes to only be competitive (Make the playoffs but not win a Super Bowl over the next 12 years) and you would be content with that then why not just stick with Alex Smith as your starting QB?

    ” So yeah if Mahommes leads them for 10-15 years and they are always in the conversation and pushing for playoff berths and wins and possibly the occasional SB appearance it was well worth it even if they don’t win one.”

    ^^^ that’s Alex Smith. You already have that. I’d be upset if my team traded multiple picks just to trade up to select what we already had.

  22. bayousooner90 says: May 2, 2017 9:48 AM

    Time and money will get a qb, unless they are Peyton Manning or Tom Brady, bring home the trophy this year and they won’t care if Smith is 42, keep washing out in Playoffs it is adios

  23. phinatic29 says: May 2, 2017 9:50 AM

    Patrick Mahomes has the perfect landing spot and is blessed to work with Andy Reid.

    He is right about Alex Smith. Not everyone plays as long at that position as Brady. BTW Patriot fans showed their true colors to Adam Jones. #bostonwrong

  24. jacktatumsforearm says: May 2, 2017 9:55 AM

    The way the Chiefs kept moving up in the draft it felt more like Andy Reid’s job was on the line along with Alex Smith’s

  25. pastabelly says: May 2, 2017 9:56 AM

    He should be in his prime for three more years. The move was made to replace Smith in 1 or 2 years. They can’t keep up with the Patriots with Smith at QB and Reid knows that.

  26. doubleogator says: May 2, 2017 9:58 AM

    Break it to me gently, give time oh give me a little time to ease the pain…

  27. nyneal says: May 2, 2017 9:59 AM

    Andy Reid is one of the nicest guys in all of the NFL. He’s a good regular season coach, but he always comes up short in big games. He’s today’s Marty Schottenheimer.

    The Chiefs did the right thing in drafting a QB. The price was too high for any QB in this draft, however. Not one of them is a sure bet to be a good QB in the NFL.

    And it would not surprise me to see the Chiefs draft another QB next year, either.

  28. citizenstrange says: May 2, 2017 10:07 AM

    In last year’s playoff game against the Steelers at least Smith led the Chiefs to a touchdown. That’s more than you can say for Big Bum.

    Smith’s QBR was 33.3

    Big Bum’s QBR was 27.7

    That’s just how good Big Bum is.

  29. QB Film Room says: May 2, 2017 10:36 AM

    Alek Smith is pretty good but he might be the worst natural thrower of a QB to EVER in league history have a chance to be a franchise QB year in and year out. He has genius level intellect and is really athletic though so it works..

  30. dwarftosser says: May 2, 2017 10:38 AM

    Report comment
    citizenstrange says:
    May 2, 2017 10:07 AM
    In last year’s playoff game against the Steelers at least Smith led the Chiefs to a touchdown. That’s more than you can say for Big Bum.

    Smith’s QBR was 33.3

    Big Bum’s QBR was 27.7

    That’s just how good Big Bum is.
    ——————————————————————–

    Nobody cares about QBR. Use a real statistic.

  31. therealzeitgeist says: May 2, 2017 10:44 AM

    In playoff game against Steelers last year it wasn’t Alex Smith dropping all those passes.

  32. steeltroll says: May 2, 2017 10:47 AM

    Alex ain’t that old.

  33. chuckxx says: May 2, 2017 10:47 AM

    Smith turns 33. There are plenty of QB’s that play until they are 38 and 39 etc. What it tells me is that Smith will be there a couple more years and thats it. You don’t do a trade like this and give up the world like the Chiefs did and then let the kid hold the clipboard for 4 or 5 years. Not gonna happen.

  34. mrboado says: May 2, 2017 10:47 AM

    Taking a quarterback in the draft regardless of the incumbent QB on the roster is simply smart management. Basically, if you’re drafting a QB as a dire need then you’ve waited too long–it’s such an essential position.

    Considering the Patriots have drafted eight quarterbacks since drafting Tom Brady in 2000, the Alex Smith’s and Mike Glennon’s of the league should understand their position.

    No one is bigger than the position. Not Brett Favre, Peyton Manning, or Tony Romo. The legends of the game are all eventually going to bow down to Father Time.

  35. steeltroll says: May 2, 2017 10:49 AM

    citizenstrange says:
    May 2, 2017 10:07 AM
    In last year’s playoff game against the Steelers at least Smith led the Chiefs to a touchdown. That’s more than you can say for Big Bum.

    Smith’s QBR was 33.3

    Big Bum’s QBR was 27.7

    That’s just how good Big Bum is.
    ________________________________________

    Unless you are a Packers or Pats fan, I’m going to take Ben (still and for now) over your Bum everyday of the week. Thanks for chiming in.

  36. medialovesthecowboys says: May 2, 2017 10:49 AM

    He’s a career journeyman. No shame in it.
    But to think Alex Smith can get you to a Super Bowl is to never ever reach the Super Bowl.

  37. toldlikeitis says: May 2, 2017 10:54 AM

    Mahomes is the definition of a system QB. Davis Webb put up great numbers in that offense before him, Nic Shimonek who was Mahomes back up last year played well when Mahomes was injured. If Mahomes were white playing in that texas tech offense he would of been labeled a system QB and a late round pick.

  38. QB Film Room says: May 2, 2017 10:54 AM

    in all honesty Andy may be right Alex has basically played a bunch or started every year since 2005. He kind of is old in that sense

  39. jimmysee says: May 2, 2017 11:11 AM

    No one’s saying “he’s getting older” about draft-mate AaronRogers. The two will be joined at the hip their entire careers.

  40. QB Film Room says: May 2, 2017 11:19 AM

    Rodgers didnt see the field from 05-07 though… Smith Basically was a starter since 06 I believe and played in 05

  41. absolutevisuals says: May 2, 2017 11:19 AM

    Too bad the 49ers wasted his career before Harbaugh.

  42. absolutevisuals says: May 2, 2017 11:20 AM

    “Remember, Harbaugh pulled the trigger on Smith and reached the Super Bowl, even if it was with Kaepernick”

    Revisionist history. Smith won most of the games than had a concussion.

  43. QB Film Room says: May 2, 2017 11:21 AM

    Smith has thrown 157 career TD Passes, Rodgers has thrown for 297 TD paasses and he didnt even play from 05-07.

  44. jedimasterbates says: May 2, 2017 11:26 AM

    Meanwhile Tom Brady turns 40 next season and only has 10 or 12 good years left.

  45. stevejjones says: May 2, 2017 11:27 AM

    Andy Reid’s coaching pedigree comes directly from Norm Peterson.

  46. steeltroll says: May 2, 2017 11:30 AM

    And speaking of Ben, wish the Steelers could have somehow been in a position to get Mahomes. Less accurate, but the kid looks like he has a lot of Ben in his game.

    But really, next year is the QB draft class. Alex Smith is not chopped liver. Did KC brass really believe Mahomes is better than the QBs in the next class or just assume that they would have no shot at those QBs?

    Mahomes is an intriguing prospect. You could do a lot worse than Alex Smith, though.

  47. joetoronto says: May 2, 2017 11:32 AM

    Smith is only 32 but he has a weak arm and it’s not going to get any stronger.

  48. medialovesthecowboys says: May 2, 2017 11:37 AM

    “Remember, Harbaugh pulled the trigger on Smith and reached the Super Bowl, even if it was with Kaepernick”

    Revisionist history. Smith won most of the games than had a concussion.

    Yeah except not revisionism in this case. Smith was hurt which opened the door for Kaepernick, but Smith was healthy by the Playoffs.

  49. headwoundharry says: May 2, 2017 11:42 AM

    Right now, the AFC West is pretty interesting re QBs.

    You got Derek Carr who has yet to hit his ceiling, the always capable Rivers who can’t win a big game, KC with Smith (see Rivers) and the new kid that can throw the ball a country mile from his knees, and Denver with a bunch of average talent (keep your eye on Chad Kelly, he will be back in jail soon). The AFC West landscape is changing dramatically. Denver in decline, Chiefs stable, Raiders on the rise. Stay tuned.

  50. magikskillz says: May 2, 2017 11:49 AM

    Alex Smith is under contract for 2 more years. He becomes a free agent in 2019. (However he can be released after in 2018 for a savings of $17 million). So I think the Chiefs will evaluate Smith and Mahomes very closely this year and if they feel Mahomes is ready they could make him the starter in 2018 and use that $17 million in free agency. However, they will probably keep Smith for the 2018 season and make Mahomes the starter in 2019. Alex Smith is not elite and I don’t think he can win a Super Bowl. For the most part he is an above average game manager. He is smart with the football and does not have impressive numbers. At this point, the Chiefs probably think Alex Smith can’t get them over the hump.

  51. anarchopurplism says: May 2, 2017 12:04 PM

    But does Smith feel cheated on?

    This is a business folks.

  52. bigchree says: May 2, 2017 12:04 PM

    alex “raider killer” smith lol

  53. patsfan1820 says: May 2, 2017 12:05 PM

    Yeah Andy sure his age is the reason why you drafted Mahomes. Tom Brady is on the floor laughing somewhere.

  54. patsfan4lifesbchamps says: May 2, 2017 12:05 PM

    Alex Smith should have taken over the AFC West after Manning was gone. Instead he let Derek Carr and the Raiders become the new king of the AFC West. This despite the fact, the Chiefs have a better roster overall than the Raiders. Better defense, better running game, better special teams, better tight end. Yes the Raiders have better wideouts and offensive line, but the Chiefs are more than adequate in those areas. There is really no excuse for Alex Smith to underachieve with the Chiefs. Remember his only playoff win with the Chiefs came as a gift from Hoyer and the Texans when they had a meltdown a year ago. Otherwise we would still be talking about Smith and the Chiefs trying to win a playoff game let alone a SB.

  55. fwippel says: May 2, 2017 12:28 PM

    When they say “We like Alex Smith, but he’s getting older”, they really mean, “We like Alex Smith but not enough to want him around after next season”.

  56. maust1013 says: May 2, 2017 1:05 PM

    phinatic29 says:
    May 2, 2017 9:50 AM
    BTW Patriot fans showed their true colors to Adam Jones. #bostonwrong
    ==============

    Good lord chipster, only you could conflate one drunk racist at Fenway with millions of Pats fans. Your patsanoia has morphed into an obsession with all things Boston.

  57. ill42 says: May 2, 2017 1:10 PM

    “Because of my respect for Alex, I do keep him abreast of things, and I did in this case by just telling him, ‘Listen, there’s a good chance we take a quarterback. I can’t tell you exactly where, but there’s a good chance we take a quarterback in this draft. And you just keep being you and go play.’”

    I guess that’s better than being totally in the dark while being the guest at the team draft party, and then watching your team trade up for a QB.

  58. absolutevisuals says: May 2, 2017 1:16 PM

    “Yeah except not revisionism in this case. Smith was hurt which opened the door for Kaepernick, but Smith was healthy by the Playoffs.”

    Except it is revisionist in that case as Kaepernick played better than expected so had to go with the hot hand. Wasn’t just some trigger pulled for the sake of it. But since it’s brought up, more importantly, the errors in Kaep that season with his lack of ability to go through read progressions was obvious and the reason why the lost the Superbowl, besides getting dominated on defense first half. They still would of made it and possibly with with Smith.

  59. bullcharger says: May 2, 2017 1:49 PM

    Nice try. 32 or 33 are prime years for an NFL QB. Smith just isn’t good enough and they need to develop a QB to take over as soon as possible.

  60. bannedfromchoirpractice says: May 2, 2017 2:13 PM

    Alex has been overpaid his entire time in the NFL. The only QB in the league who would rather lose a game by throwing the ball out of bounds, rather risk an interception on the final play. He’s excellent at managing his own stats, but a terrible, terrible QB. That’s the Chiefs for you.

  61. sodoyoufeelluckypunk says: May 2, 2017 2:20 PM

    The Cheifs are doing the right thing with Smith, moving him to the back pasture. Old? hell, he is only 32. LOL! Hes got years left but has taken the Chiefs as far as he can. Time to cut bait and find a new girl.

    The chiefs, a well run, classy organization incapable of deep playoff runs. Nothing with the new guy will change this. The Chiefs and their fans are just happy to make the playoffs, nothing more. They are pretenders, never contenders. Sorry, but that’s a fact.

  62. QB Film Room says: May 2, 2017 2:36 PM

    hes been playing since 05 so yes he is old in that regard remember he was like 20 when he was drafted

  63. coltzfan166 says: May 2, 2017 2:43 PM

    He’s only 32….what are they planning to have Mahomes sit for four years? Probably not…so clearly it’s more about Smith’s performance than age.

    In fairness to Smith, the Steelers and Patriots are very tough to defeat in the playoffs. But now that they paid a king’s ransom for Mahomes, there will be a lot of pressure to start him in 2018 if they lose in the divisional round again. As if starting Mahomes will be the answer to defeating the Pats or Steelers.

  64. jim699 says: May 2, 2017 2:53 PM

    Deciding that Alex Smith isn’t good enough to take you to the next level is one thing, but what makes it weird is to respond by rolling the dice on Mahomes by trading an extra first round draft pick to move up. Are they really that certain about Mahomes? Cause I don’t think he strikes most people as even a fifty-fifty proposition, but a guy with an outside chance of being great, and a pretty decent chance of flaming out completely. Am I wrong? People seem to talk about him the same way they talked about Bortles a few years ago. And he may have panned out into a legitimate starting QB, but he’s not leading Jacksonville to Super Bowls any time soon either.

    But maybe he will turn into Big Ben or someone like that, but you have to look at the probability of that happening. I would peg it at something like 5% possibility.

  65. kcnative says: May 2, 2017 2:53 PM

    patsfan4lifesbchamps says:
    May 2, 2017 12:05 PM

    Alex Smith should have taken over the AFC West after Manning was gone. Instead he let Derek Carr and the Raiders become the new king of the AFC West.

    Uhm, KC won the division last year and beat Oakland twice.

  66. gbrim20 says: May 2, 2017 2:55 PM

    Mahomes is going to be special. Pretty pissed he didn’t fall to the Cardinals. Can’t blame the Chiefs for trying to improve, anyone who watches football knows Alex Smith is fine, but he’s not going to take you to the promised land.

  67. jimbo75025 says: May 2, 2017 4:48 PM

    As a football fan, I really wish Alex Smith was a better QB than he is.

    He was shoved into a really crap situation with the 9ers when drafted. For 4-5 years, the pick was viewed as an open joke.

    Through it all though, Smith has been all class. Only time you ever even hear about him off the field, it is something in a good context.

    In the end, his play falls in with that of Fitzgerald or a plethora of other guys in the last decade. Smart enough and enough talent to stick around for a long time

    I truly hope the Chiefs catch lightning in a bottle and can make a strong run this year with him behind center. Hard to really hate the guy.

  68. twoteamsforlosangeles says: May 2, 2017 5:52 PM

    “Revisionist history. Smith won most of the games than had a concussion”

    Not arguing with your opinion, but you need to replace “than” with “then” . Not playing spelling/English police just sayin’

  69. xiiprestige says: May 2, 2017 6:21 PM

    He will be the starter for at least 3-4 more years.

  70. briscocountyjr says: May 2, 2017 6:55 PM

    “Alex is getting up there at 32, and you’ve got to start thinking of — not that it’s happening right now — but you’ve got to think a little bit about the future there.”

    Reid is saying Alex is getting older… on KCs roster.

  71. BED MAN OKC says: May 4, 2017 12:08 PM

    Andy Reid went to 4 straight Championship games in a row in Kiladelphia, and he lost a Super Bowl to the only coach in the NFL I’d want more than Andy.

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