Alex Smith: You have to enjoy the wins, but can’t dwell on them

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Alex Smith has experienced a lot of different things since the 49ers made him the first overall pick on the 2005 draft and that’s helped him understand that the start to this Chiefs season is something special.

They’ve won their first five games and Smith has posted a passer rating above 100 in each of them, leaving him in position to become the fourth quarterback to do that in each of his team’s first six games. As that’s not the sort of thing that happens all that often, Smith wants to make sure he and his teammates appreciate it.

“I think you have to enjoy the wins,” Smith said, via “If you’re not enjoying the process, there’s a problem. You’re not doing it for all the right reasons. You invest so much with your teammates and your guys and everybody here that when you do have success, you do need to enjoy it and certainly this team does that.”

While Smith wants to be sure everyone’s enjoying the wins, he also knows that Week Five isn’t the time to feel satisfied by them. He said it’s “probably not a good sign” if anyone is stopping and reflecting on the wins at this point and that a “sense of urgency” is essential for the team as they continue moving forward.

With Patrick Mahomes on the bench, Smith knows that his time in Kansas City has an expiration date and that’s all the more reason to make the most of every moment. They’ve done that through the first five weeks and they’ll have a chance to keep it rolling against the Steelers this weekend.

8 responses to “Alex Smith: You have to enjoy the wins, but can’t dwell on them

  1. It looks like Alex Smith may be pulling a Rich Gannon: suddenly playing like a Hall of Famer to close out his career.

  2. Playing like an MVP so far.. He got lucky that Hunt has been as good as he’s been, but Alex is still doing some impressive stuff.

  3. If Alex Smith keeps playing so well and winning, and wins some playoff games (Super Bowl), Pat Mahomes may be on the bench a little longer than expected.

  4. Maybe KC can get a 1st rounder from the Cleveland Dumpster Fires for him? They have several picks and with the supposed influx of youth they’ll have maybe a guy like Smith can help right the ship.

    But that said, has anyone ever traded an MVP or Super Bowl winning QB just after they’ve won? Not saying Smith is doing either, but if he can somehow keep going at this rate it’s a possibility for 1 or both to happen.

  5. At year 13 Alex has gone from the worst QB ever, to a game manager, to a decent NFL QB. Now he’ll be replaced by another young QB. Alex will probably retire with a couple hundred million dollars in the bank, and relatively healthy. He’s done ok for himself.

  6. Smith always played too conservatively to me. Now maybe with his back against the wall he’s slinging it. Great for him. I know the talent they have certainly is a factor too. He trusts his receivers and RBs.

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