Alex Smith will make history on Sunday

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Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith will make history on Sunday without playing. In fact, the only way he won’t make history is: (1) if he plays; and (2) if he throws five interceptions.

As noted by NFL Football Operations, Smith is one game away from a fifth straight season of at least 3,000 yards passing and fewer than 10 interceptions. That will be an all-time record.

He currently has more than 4,000 passing yards and five interceptions for the year, his fifth in Kansas City. Given the draft picks (two first-rounders and a third-rounder) invested in getting rookie Patrick Mahomes (who is slated to play on Sunday), the Chiefs surely plan to make the move to Mahomes, sooner than later. If they decide to do it for 2018, they’ll likely be able to get significant trade value for Smith, given his exploits in Kansas City.

Of course, it will make sense to put Smith in an Andy Reid version of the West Coast offense, if the goal is to stretch the more-than-3,000-yards-less-than-10-picks streak to six seasons. Given the manner in which the offense has improved with offensive coordinator Matt Nagy calling the plays, a Nagy-Smith package deal could make plenty of sense for one of the many teams that could be looking to upgrade a bad team and a worse quarterback situation.

If only a former member of the Chiefs’ front office had just become the G.M. of one of those struggling teams. Oh wait.

35 responses to “Alex Smith will make history on Sunday

  1. This year notwithstanding, he has that few of INT’s due to playcalling having no balls going downfield with the football. Alex is a fine QB, but let’s not confuse this with what Aaron Rodgers has done in his career.

  2. Been saying it for months. The Cleveland Chiefs is about to happen. Look at the success of Pederson in Philly, that said, look at the mess of Ballard in Indy.

    We’re about to find out what Dorsey really thinks of Nagy and vice-versa, as Nagy will surely have some options, thanks to Pedersons success in Philly. Smiths top 5 QB season will hopefully get my Chiefs a 2nd rounder in return.

  3. People are pushing Smith out the door cause he is an average game manager. Smith is 9-38 as a starter when the opposing team scores more than 24 points. You aren’t going to comeback from a small deficit if Smith is your QB.

  4. Alex Smith will lose the game for us in the playoffs. So much of his game isn’t what he does,it is what he doesn’t do, namely throwing to open receivers for touchdowns. Instead he throws the check down or into double coverage on a predetermined throw. Watch the GIF’S from last year’s Pittsburgh playoff game of Alex Smith and you’ll see all you need to.

  5. Nobody ever pushed Alex Smith out the door. He’s been a terrible QB for most of his career, but he’s been able to get enough opportunities to where he’s finally become a top 25 QB. If you can get a top 24 QB, you play him. It’s as simple as that. The object is to win a super bowl. As soon as SF replaced him with Kaepernick, they immediately went to the super bowl. I’m not re-writing history, just reciting it.

  6. To this day the Alex Smith vs. Aaron Rodgers draft day haunts him. Take a look at what Smith has done and tell me a team like Tampa Bay wouldn’t be better off with him than Winston. Or Texas, etc. Smith is a good quarterback who deserves better.

  7. Alex Smith is one of those QB’s that always scares this Pats fan. I could see him turning Cleveland around, as long as they get some support around him, guarantee.

  8. Bruce Payne says:
    December 30, 2017 at 4:05 pm
    Alex Smith will lose the game for us in the playoffs. So much of his game isn’t what he does,it is what he doesn’t do, namely throwing to open receivers for touchdowns. Instead he throws the check down or into double coverage on a predetermined throw. Watch the GIF’S from last year’s Pittsburgh playoff game of Alex Smith and you’ll see all you need to.
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    Open receivers in Kansas City. Hahahaha

  9. TheodoreBabyHandsBustAqua says:

    This year notwithstanding, he has that few of INT’s due to playcalling having no balls going downfield with the football.
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    That isn’t based in reality. Here’s the reality. He’s averaged 8.0 yards per pass. That’s on the high end of starters. He has 13 passes of 40 yards or more. Only Roethlisberger has more at 14. A media darling like Cam Newton only has 4.

  10. Hard to wrap my head around the constant calls for Mahomes. 20 teams in the league would love to have him as their QB if the Chiefs are stupid enough to let him go. Right now he is
    6th in total yards
    1st in QB rating
    2nd in Comp %
    4th in yards per attempt
    6th in yards per game
    Has the best TD/int ratio
    Has rushed for 355 yards
    They lost one game against the Jets when Alex threw for 4 td’s,ran for 70 yards, had no int’s and Josh McCown was somehow named the offensive player of the week.
    Yeah, good luck with that, Mahomes.

  11. The object is to win a super bowl. As soon as SF replaced him with Kaepernick, they immediately went to the super bowl. I’m not re-writing history, just reciting it.
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    Well, it certainly helps when the punt returner doesn’t drop the ball twice in the NFC championship game (4th Qtr and again in OT). Alex Smith played better that year than Kaepernick did when he took over. Smith lost his job due to a concussion and not putting him back as the starter was Harbaugh’s biggest mistake. (He just set an NFL record or two the game prior) Alex Smith took that team to the previously mentioned NFCC game the year prior so it isn’t like the protester carried that team to the Super Bowl. You may not be “re-writing” history” but you certainly erased the parts that didn’t support your weak point.

  12. Alex picked a perfect time to have the best season of his very mediocre career. A perfect time for the Chiefs. Sell, sell, sell! I promise the Chiefs will get more for him than what he’s worth.

  13. FinFan68 says:
    December 30, 2017 at 6:49 pm

    Well, it certainly helps when the punt returner doesn’t drop the ball twice in the NFC championship game (4th Qtr and again in OT). Alex Smith played better that year than Kaepernick did when he took over.
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    Exactly right. If Kyle Williams doesn’t epically choke as the PR in that game, Alex Smith is in the SB, probably more than once. And Harbaugh might still be there.

  14. Alex Smith was already the first NFL quarterback to be drafted first overall and then traded to a team about to draft first overall. Why would he want to go through a third franchise reboot and inevitably be traded or cut just as he had helped yet another franchise become football solvent once again? He built Levi’s Stadium, and he led the Chiefs to their first playoff victory in over two decades, but those are nothing to him. He wants to win a Super Bowl. He’s not going to Cleveland.

  15. Michael E says:
    December 30, 2017 at 5:50 pm
    A media darling like Cam Newton only has 4.
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    Not sure anyone thinks of Newton as a darling. Considering that Newton has as many team accomplishment in 6 years as Smith has in 12 and several more personal accomplishments I’m not sure why anyone wouldn’t think Cam was better. Smith is having a career year he’s leading the league in a number of passing stats. Newton is coming off shoulder surgery (ask Colts fans how basic that is) and played without his two top pass catchers for most of the year and is still having a comparable season to Smith’s career averages. Then we can add his value as a runner. Cam is a “media darling” because Cam is an above average QB (he compares to Eli Manning stat wise) and and an electric runner. If he wins a Super Bowl he’ll be regarded as the best dual threat QB in the game and have the stats to prove it. Smith is a hyper efficient game manager at best.

  16. Poor Alex, he was put into such a bad situation in SF for the first part of his career. Once he gets stability he gets shipped out, I’m glad he’s been able to succeed in KS. I hope he does well wherever he ends up.

  17. Chargers Fan Here:

    I sure hope the Chiefs move on from Alex Smith and start the Patrick Mahomes era. Smith is a good quarterback and he is having the best season of his career. Plenty of teams would love to have him, especially the Browns. However, Smith only has 1 year remaining on his contract. And that may limit what the Chiefs could get in a trade. But I think a 2nd round draft pick is realistic.
    Mahomes may be a good quarterback in the future, but he hasn’t even played yet. So I think it is unrealistic to expect him to lead the Chiefs to the Super Bowl in 2018. Giving what the Chargers have done this year, I think this team could be 10-6 or 11-5 in 2018. This would probably be good enough to win the AFC West.

  18. Chiefs fans knocking Alex Smith, it’s the coach calling all those check downs. Andy Reid is a modern day version of Marty Schottenheimer. Always good enough to get beat.

  19. Steelers going to need a QB after they go one-and-done in the ‘offs and Big Bertha finally retires.

  20. Smith can play a better than average game a lot of the time if he’s in a good frame of mind.

    Problem is he is not able to put the team on his shoulders and play comeback football. Just doesn’t have it.

  21. With the extra draft picks this year, the Bills certainly have the ammo to make a trade for Smith. That would allow us to use the two first round picks on an offensive tackle, WR or defensive lineman who is a run stuffer….or still trade up for maybe Mason Rudolph and let him learn behind Smith for a couple of years.

  22. In that 2014 playoff game vs Luck & the Colts, Alex Smith went 30-for-46 378 yards and four touchdowns.

    The Chiefs (Sutton defense choked bigtime) just like the Chiefs defense has been choking all this year.

    Smith has tossed for 4000 yards, 5 picks, 26 touchdowns…’reek Hill has 1000 yards receiving and so does Kelce. Kareem Hunt won the league rushing title this year and this combination makes it only the fifth time in NFL history for these stats the same year.

    But let’s toss Smith to the curb while he’s at his prime, and this potent offense finally has some consistency.

    Yeah, you guys know winning football. ‘tards.

  23. stampede101 says:
    December 30, 2017 at 3:36 pm
    Why are people always trying to push Alex Smith out the door?

    He’s not flashy. People love the flashy players… until they stink.

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