Alex Smith: Chiefs were top choice
Alex Smith will be a key part of the process to mark the revival for the Kansas City Chiefs, who ended last season on a 2-14 record and will play under new coach Andy Reid nest season. The 28-year-old Alex Smith is quickly embracing his new role, after ending last season on the bench and losing his starting job to Colin Kapernick following a concussion on Nov. 13. The San Francisco 49ers informed him Alex Smith at the end of the 2012 season that they wouldn’t be releasing him. But Alex Smith wasn’t prepared to spend another season in a backup role. That’s when the Kansas City Chiefs, who were in dire need of a solid quarterback started emerging as a realistic option the veteran Alex Smith.
“When our season was done, for me, I wasn’t going to get released, and options were kind of laid out,” said Alex Smith. “There was no doubt in my mind that this is where I wanted to be.”
"It's what I've wanted from the start, from when all this trade talk first started, was to end up here," continued Alex Smith. "I'm thankful it worked out and excited to get to work."
However, Alex Smith acknowledged his experience in San Francisco helped him “grow as a player” and “as a person. Andy Reid too was impressed by the way Alex Smith, who led the San Francisco 49ers into the NFC Championship Game during the 2011 season followed by his late-game heroics in the Divisional Round win over the New Orleans Saints, handled his demotion so professionally last season.
"From a coaching standpoint, what a tremendous addition to a locker room,” said Andy Reid. “He's a fine football player, but even a better person. That's welcome here - his leadership."
In fact, Andy Reid has been following Alex Smith’s career since his collegiate career in Utah under Reid's friend Kyle Whittingham, who was then the team's defensive coordinator.
"When I was at Philadelphia, for whatever reason we seemed to play (the 49ers) every year, and I got to see him first hand," said Andy Reid. "He was somebody if I had the chance, I would want on my team. So I did inquire about him periodically with the 49ers."
In another interesting highlight of the press conference, Andy Reid claimed that the Kansas City Chiefs were “We're going to work on getting Alex into the Hall of Fame.”