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Alex Smith “shocked” to lose “great teammate” Jeremy Maclin

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Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith was taken aback to learn he has lost one of his favorite receivers.

Smith pronounced himself “shocked” when asked for his reaction to the news that Jeremy Maclin has been cut.

“Jeremy is a really good friend, an amazing teammate, so still kind of just processing that he’s not going to be in there with us, a guy that’s done a lot for us the last two years, a guy I’ve grown really close to,” Smith said, via the Kansas City Star. “Jeremy’s a great person, a great teammate, a great player. On all those levels, just kind of letting that sink in, I guess.”

Although Maclin had the worst season of his career statistically last year, Smith said he was trying to tough it out at a time when some players wouldn’t have been playing.

“He played through a lot last year, played through injuries and pushed through trying to help this team,” Smith said. “Obviously as players we don’t get to make these decisions. For us, we have to move on a roll as a group. We obviously wish Jeremy well wherever he lands, and he’ll land on his feet.”

Smith has been around long enough to know that veteran players with big contracts are never safe — and with the arrival of first-round quarterback Patrick Mahomes, Smith himself isn’t safe for long either. But just because Smith understands the business, doesn’t mean he has to like it.

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49 Responses to “Alex Smith “shocked” to lose “great teammate” Jeremy Maclin”
  1. redlikethepig says: Jun 3, 2017 4:35 PM

    Alex is the next Drew Brees.

  2. kayes says: Jun 3, 2017 4:36 PM

    Alex…better start packing up your bags

  3. tonebones says: Jun 3, 2017 4:38 PM

    Alex was never one to shy away from excuses. Looks like he’s getting an early start this year.

  4. RandyinRoxbury says: Jun 3, 2017 4:43 PM

    We’re all shocked that Alex has lasted this long in the NFL!

  5. mcniner55 says: Jun 3, 2017 4:44 PM

    Chiefs are obviously looking to rebuild. Losing a top RB and top WR. having the textbook definition of a game manager QB. Reid is probably in his last year along with smith. Im sure upper management is looking for the new “hot head coach”.

    Reid is and A Smith are done after this year. The chiefs are looking to move on. This is that year that upper management quietly throws a way a season for better draft positioning.

  6. absolutevisuals says: Jun 3, 2017 4:55 PM

    Looks like Kelce is getting all the TDs….again.

  7. raiderrob21 says: Jun 3, 2017 4:56 PM

    Don’t be too shocked Alex, your next.

  8. smartcollegefootball says: Jun 3, 2017 5:03 PM


  9. maust1013 says: Jun 3, 2017 5:14 PM

    My my just look at the insecurity out of the Raiders fans. It’s understandable from the pathetic niners fans but aren’t the Raiders supposed to be all that and a bag of chips now?

  10. shayeezy says: Jun 3, 2017 5:17 PM

    the chiefs were 12-4 last year, beating derek carr and the darling raiders twice, and maclin was not a significant part of their success. anyone suggesting they are tanking or moving on from reid is delusional – the offense will continue running through kelce and hill as it should.

  11. omeimontis says: Jun 3, 2017 5:18 PM

    Alex Smith has not been able to get the team into the SB, and a team will move on and try it with another qb sooner or later.

  12. reptar310 says: Jun 3, 2017 5:22 PM


  13. goodtogo28 says: Jun 3, 2017 5:37 PM

    alex won’t have a problem finding a starting job somewhere else. there are too many teams starving for a competent starting quarterback even as a bridge gap.

  14. bamboozle99 says: Jun 3, 2017 6:08 PM

    Why waste any cap money on established wideouts in KC?

  15. milkcan44 says: Jun 3, 2017 6:18 PM

    I don’t follow the Chiefs closely, but their roster of other receivers is not exactly overwhelming.
    Salary dump must have been the deciding issue.

  16. droppedinagreasefire says: Jun 3, 2017 6:29 PM

    Smith will also be SHOCKED when he loses his job later this season.

  17. thejetssuck2001 says: Jun 3, 2017 6:37 PM

    mcniner55 says:
    Jun 3, 2017 4:44 PM
    Chiefs are obviously looking to rebuild. Losing a top RB and top WR. having the textbook definition of a game manager QB. Reid is probably in his last year along with smith. Im sure upper management is looking for the new “hot head coach”.

    Reid is and A Smith are done after this year. The chiefs are looking to move on. This is that year that upper management quietly throws a way a season for better draft positioning.


    yea im sure theyre gonna sack reid, since he has them a game or two away from the super bowl every year he coaches the team. you sound like an ignoramus.

  18. hawkforlife says: Jun 3, 2017 6:43 PM

    You mean Andy Reid and whoever the GM is didn’t even bother to tell the starting QB before this happened. Guess that’s why Reid will never sniff the ring.

  19. patsfan4lifesbchamps says: Jun 3, 2017 6:46 PM

    Receivers look bad because of Alex Smith’s noodle arm.

  20. descendency says: Jun 3, 2017 7:02 PM

    “Reid is and A Smith are done after this year. The chiefs are looking to move on. This is that year that upper management quietly throws a way a season for better draft positioning.”

    Not only has Andy Reid been pretty successful, the Chiefs upper management allowed them to draft a developmental QB. Bringing in a new HC with a developmental QB on the bench (or in the lineup) is a recipe for disaster. KC is certainly smarter than this.

    So, Andy Reid isn’t going anywhere anytime soon.

  21. ctiggs says: Jun 3, 2017 7:18 PM

    Alex is awful

  22. justamoguy says: Jun 3, 2017 7:25 PM

    Right off, I am sorry to see Maclin leave, and I wish him the best. I figured he would be a big piece of the offence this year.

    However, the people spouting off that the Chiefs are giving up on this year, that Ried will be gone after this year, and ripping on Alex Smith, need to check in on reality.

    A) Alex Smith DID help get a team to the Super Bowl. He played more games in the regular season and had a better winning percentage the Kapernick, the year the Niners went to the Superbowl, and was within 3 points of taking the Niners to the Superbowl the year before. Add to that, Smith is still a starter in the NFL, while Kapernick is not.

    B) Andy Ried has more then sniffed a Super Bowl, he has been in one, and came within 3 points of winning it.

    C) The Chiefs have done nothing but get better under Ried. Let me reminder you, only one team a year wins the Super Bowl. So failure to win a ring in four years does not rank as being a failure as a coach.

    D) Men who get paid to analyze NFL teams, and therefore I place more weight in their opinions than people who post in the comment section (myself included), think the Chiefs have a good chance of winning a Super Bowl this year. So I will choice to listen to them when they say this is not a “rebuilding” year.

    Lastly, Dorsey and Ried (Both before they came to KC and once here) have proven that they know what they are doing. So while I am really a little dumbfounded by letting go Maclin, I trust they have a reason.

    I can think of many players that were let go by a team to a chorus of fans and critics saying, “What were they thinking” Only to look back a year or two latter in hindsight and say, “Oh, I see why.”

    There is a reason those men get paid to make these decisions and we do not.

  23. bitw44 says: Jun 3, 2017 7:30 PM

    This is like the slowest gutting of a team I have ever seen. They need to just rip the band-aid off and rebuild the offense in one offseason.

  24. thepopefromtv says: Jun 3, 2017 7:56 PM

    “Although Maclin had the worst season of his career statistically last year”

    Statistically or not, Alex Smith had his worst season since 2010 last year. I watched the games and it was not pretty by a long shot. Mahomes in the 1st was a win-asap move and incredibly prudent by the front office.

  25. bannedfromchoirpractice says: Jun 3, 2017 8:00 PM

    I’ve been shocked for an entire decade that Alex is a QB in the NFL. The guy is a professional loser. Who can’t see that after his 12 years in the league? “Game manager” is a losing bet more times than not. Alex is a loser with Maclin or without him.

  26. shayeezy says: Jun 3, 2017 8:42 PM

    brady and rodgers are the only QBs to have won more games since 2011. criticize his style of play all you want, but if there’s one thing he isn’t it’s a loser.

  27. campcouch says: Jun 3, 2017 8:42 PM

    No idea why people think Smith is a bad QB. He’s not flashy but his stats are good and he holds NFL records and records for two long lived franchises. Like any quarterback, the improvement of talent around him has allowed him to showcase what he does. I guess it sucks that he plays within the offense and tries not to lose games with dumb turnovers. I’m sure if he was sent walking he wouldn’t be unemployed for a week.

  28. curmudgeon13 says: Jun 3, 2017 9:10 PM

    Alex! Buh-bye…

  29. ctchiefsfan says: Jun 3, 2017 9:50 PM

    This Chiefs fan is sad we’ll probably be losing Alex in 2018. But it does seem to be inevitable.

  30. officialgame says: Jun 3, 2017 10:09 PM

    Andy Reid can coach but it was only a matter of time before he worked his way into personal decisions. Trading up for a QB that in my mind will never amount to anything same as Kevin Kolb and Nick Foles, both Reid picks. The dominos fall Maclin is gone and Smith will be next. Why? To rebuild when your right at the cusp of winning it all. Stupid !!

  31. briguy68 says: Jun 3, 2017 10:26 PM

    @descendency. That’s too bad for Chiefs fans. Reid is the ultimate tease. Good coach, but his shortcomings always end up killing him and his team.

  32. boknowsvt says: Jun 3, 2017 10:44 PM

    So if Smith leaves next year, does that mean Kap or Blaine Gabbert will be the next QB in KC seeing how they get all of the 49ers scraps (Smith, Montana, Grbac, Bono)?

  33. bighoser says: Jun 4, 2017 1:13 AM

    Only QB in the last umpteen years to start every game in a season and yet fail to throw a TD to a WR? That hasn’t been done since when, Knute Rockne? That is Captain Checkdown to a T and why he can’t win consecutive playoff games. He’s just good enough to get you to the playoffs and LOSE.

  34. jeremycrowhurst says: Jun 4, 2017 1:44 AM

    No receiver is worth $12 million in an Andy Reid offence, and nobody Alex Smith is throwing to is worth half that. They need a QB who will actually throw the ball downfield before investing any serious money on receivers.

  35. slick50kc says: Jun 4, 2017 2:46 AM

    Alice, the WR killer. This is no big loss, as Alice doesn’t exploit defenses with WR’s anyway. I mean, who else in history has gone an entire season without one single TD pass to a WR?

    You’re the next salary dump next year Alice. The team doesn’t need more years of cowardice at the most important position in the game, and in sports.

    Regardless how pathetic Smith is, he’s always good enough to beat the horrific raiders. Twice a year. Like clockwork.

  36. droppedinagreasefire says: Jun 4, 2017 3:14 AM

    Chiefs have done phenom under Reid. 1 playoff win in 4 years. Are you kidding me? That is so outstanding. For a team that has had little playoff success since 1970, Reid is their best coach since that little “Keep on Matriculating” guy.

  37. kcflake says: Jun 4, 2017 7:29 AM

    Alex will likely be gone after helping groom mahomes to take over. Unless if the chiefs win it all or something. Andy reid isn’t going anywhere. You don’t take a qb top 10 and then leave a year later.

    I was shocked when I saw maclin was cut. I will say he was hurt a lot and didn’t tear it up. I guess if you are being paid 11 million a year, you have to be healthier and more productive. I still wish the chiefs had cut albert Wilson instead of maclin.

  38. thetwilightsown says: Jun 4, 2017 7:33 AM

    Oh yeah, sssssure they’re gonna fire Reid and Smith. Sure they are. That makes perfect sense, seeing as they’re knocking on the door to the SB every year and, since Elway can no longer ride on the success of others, the only team left in the AFC other than the Pats who present a real threat to take it all on a consistent basis. Sounds legit.

    C’mon. The only reason this is a surprise is because Maclin somehow has a name in this league, despite Percy Harvin like tendencies to be hurt. He’s overrated and this will likely make the Chiefs stronger.

    – Raider fan who hates these Ronald McDonald looking chefs with a sweet hot holy passion

  39. streetyson says: Jun 4, 2017 9:59 AM

    I just don’t get the lack of respect for Smith. He was on fire, having a career high 104-rated season when temporarily injury-benched by the 49ers, and Harrbaugh’s decision to go with Kaep was shown to be wrong. And Smith’s clearly an upgrade on Cassel and every other QB the Chiefs have had since Montana.

    Sure, Andy Reid is a part of why the Chiefs have improved since 2012 – but if there’s a hurdle to “the next level” then Reid is the one with a long track record of building good teams that just fall short. Smith is as much a reason as Reid for the Chiefs going north of 10 wins a season – and when Smith goes Reid’s team will likely drop a notch from his current Cheifs record of 0.672 to something like his Eagles’ record of 0.583.

  40. tonebones says: Jun 4, 2017 11:04 AM

    Jim Harbaugh saw the same thing Andy Reid sees, and the same thing we all can see. Alex Smith is smart enough to understand his limitations, and avoid turnovers. He’s good enough to take what the defense gives him, and if the rest of the team is dominant in all phases, Alex can get you to the playoffs. However, the playoffs is where the great QBs take over the games, and they are able to get more than what the defense allows them to get. That’s when Alex’s teams exit early, and the rest of the organization is frustrated. No risk, no reward. Then they draft a young QB who can get them to the super bowl.

  41. tigershark0052 says: Jun 4, 2017 11:49 AM

    Alex and Jeremy had chemistry on the field. A mistake by the Chiefs.

  42. cadreamer1969 says: Jun 4, 2017 12:02 PM

    So, Alex Smith doesn’t run the organization and in on the numerous decisions a team has to make. The media doesn’t think much of Alex Smith. Why ask him? Thank GOD it hasn’t got so bad that a team makes decisions by taking a poll on social media. Doubt the whole story is known.

  43. ctchiefsfan says: Jun 4, 2017 1:39 PM

    – Raider fan who hates these Ronald McDonald looking chefs with a sweet hot holy passion

    I’m a Chiefs fan since ’68 and feel EXACTLY THE SAME about your Raiders! 🙂 It’s GREAT to see the Raiders competitive again. The AFC West is much more fun when the Chiefs and Raiders are slugging it out for 1st place!

  44. bigbluedeadhead says: Jun 4, 2017 2:41 PM

    Andy Teid did this?

  45. bigbluedeadhead says: Jun 4, 2017 2:42 PM


  46. scrotiemcb says: Jun 4, 2017 2:44 PM

    The great thing about KC is they are hard wired to self destruct as soon as they start threatening to be anything more than the trendy media darling.

    They can’t ever manage them selves out of a wet paper salary cap, and whenever the Broncos make a tactical blunder like panicking into Paxton Lynch, the Chiefs one up them by reaching farther and spending more on an even more hopeless prospect like Patrick Mahomes.

    The Broncos are literally fighting against themselves for AFCW supremacy.

  47. kcrobert10 says: Jun 4, 2017 3:08 PM

    I know it’s June and ota’s are coming to an end and it’s a boring time of year for football but let’s move on from this story. Maclin is an average NFL wideout who was making top 10 money. He was injured for like half the year last year and the chiefs still rolled on. This was all common since if you really think about it. It’s a business and the NFL executives get paid a lot of money to analyze these guys and make these decisions. If you think mr Dorsey doesn’t know what he is doing then why is it not only the chiefs want him to be there gm but there are plenty of packers people who want him to. Those who are saying Reid will be gone after this year just don’t understand how mr hunt runs his organization. The only way Reid and Dorsey get shown the door is if the team tanks. As I said earlier they kept winning without maclin for a lot of last year. The chiefs will be fine and I only see this a prey lode to other moves we may not be thinking about. I.E. another middle linebacker or veteran backup qb if they think the rookie needs time to work on technique and reading defenses. I have more faith in the chiefs winning the afc west than any other team. All you have to do is look at there overall record in the division the last few years to understand why I believe that. They will probably only lose one game in the division this year. That Thursday night game in Oakland is total bs the NFL should never schedule division games for Thursday night but that’s another argument for another day. As for the playoffs it’s a crap shoot. The chiefs were a referee making a right call away from winning that game against Pittsburgh last year and nobody knows what conditions these teams will find themselves in 6 months.

  48. ctchiefsfan says: Jun 4, 2017 3:16 PM

    Andy Reid did this?

    Technically Dorsey did it. But certainly Reid was consulted. Whether this was a Dorsey idea or a Reid idea. But I suspect this was more Dorsey than Reid. After all, just 2 weeks before the release Reid was at Maclin’s wedding.

  49. justamoguy says: Jun 5, 2017 1:25 AM

    boknowsvt says:
    Jun 3, 2017 10:44 PM
    So if Smith leaves next year, does that mean Kap or Blaine Gabbert will be the next QB in KC seeing how they get all of the 49ers scraps (Smith, Montana, Grbac, Bono)?


    Ha ha haaa, that is as funny as it was 17 years ago, the last time any of those QB’s played for K.C. And you forgot DeBerg.

    And on another note. I disagree with whoever said that Smith is the best QB K.C. has had since Montana. In my opinion Trent Green was better than Smith. But I think Smith is very good QB, and the fans of whichever team picks him up next year will undoubtedly do an about-face and start celebrating his arrival.

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