Alex Smith: Where do we go from here? Part 1

I like to start off every article with a little bit about me.  This week I am going to tell you what is on my DVR.  There are several shows including The Golden Globes(my gf), Keeping up with the Kardashians(my gf),  Dr. Who(me), The Walking Dead(me), The Magicians(both of us) and the movie Insurgent(both of us) on my DVR.  Now of these show, I would like to talk about The Magicians!  The Magician is TV show on SyFi that is based on a series of books by Lev Grossman.  The show follows Quentin Coldwater and his friends as they discover a world of magic. The best way to describe it would be to say its Harry Potter the College years.  Positively entertaining.  Along with NFL games and The Walking Dead, I look forward to watching this show on Wednesday night.

ALEX SMITH

 

The Good: 

     In Alex Smith’s 12 year career he has compiled a 88-62-1 record in the games he has started.  He has gained 31,888 passing yards with 183 passing touchdowns against 96 interceptions.  He has added another 2433 rushing yards and 14 more touchdowns on the ground.

In his 5 years in Kansas City he has led the team to 50 wins against 26 losses. In those 76 games he has thrown for 17,608 yards with 102 touchdowns and only 33 interceptions.  In that time he has completed just over 65% of his passes.   He has also added 1672 rushing yards and 10 more touchdowns.

Alex Smith has been exactly what Head Coach Andy Reid was looking for from a franchise quarterback. Alex Smith is the perfect quarterback for the Andy Reid offensive scheme.  This offense features passing to the tight ends and running backs while limiting downfield passes to the wide receivers.   This has been Smith’s strong point throughout his  career.   Alex Smith has been durable, no major injuries to report.  He has been productive, over 100 touchdowns while limiting his mistakes with 33 interceptions.  Smith has led this team to a winning record in the games he has started.  Smith also lead this franchise to 4 playoff appearance in 5 years, only missing in 2014.  Alex Smith brought stability to a franchise that was starved for a franchise quarterback.  In 2017, Alex Smith had a career year.  He completed over 67 % of his passes for over 4000 and threw 26 touchdowns against 5 interceptions.  He had a Passer Rating of 104.7, the best in the NFL in 2017.

The Bad

     Alex Smith has been good but not great in his time in Kansas City.  In his 5 seasons as the Kansas City Chiefs quarterback he only has 11 come from behind wins.  For comparison Matthew Stafford of the Detroit Lions had 8 come from behind wins in 2016.   In 2014 he failed to throw a touchdown pass to a wide receiver.  Alex smith has led this team to a 1-4 playoff record.  His only playoff win coming against a Houston Texans team that failed to score any points.  He has earned the reputation of being a game manager.  A game manager is a type of quarterback that does just enough for his team to win the game.  A game manager is expected not to lose the game by throwing interceptions or making bad decision with the ball.  Smith is 33 years old.  There are only 6 starting quarterbacks that are older than him.  Tom Brady, Drew Brees, Eli Manning, Ben Roethlisberger, Philip Rivers and Aaron Rodgers.  Alex Smith is under contract for 1 more season.  He will be getting paid a cool 20 million dollars for that season. The Kansas City Chiefs drafted a young gunslinger quarterback in Patrick Mahomes.   Many believe Mahomes to be the anti Smith, a quarterback with superior arm strength and the ability to beat defense with sensational plays.

 

That is it for Part 1, stay tuned for the 2nd part coming soon.  I look forward to hearing from you.  Feel free to leave comment or suggestions below.  Thank you for taking the time to read this article.

 

Alex Smith: Where do we go from here? Part 2

Written By: Tom K.

 

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