Alex Smith shows importance in consistency
The engineer of the Chiefs’ fast start: Alex Smith. Last time we saw Smith, he was riding the pine on San Francisco’s bench. He didn’t lose his job to Colin Kaepernick because of performance, rather because of injury (concussion).
Smith posted great numbers before his concussion: 13 touchdowns, 5 interceptions, and completed 70% of his passes.
This year, he has thrown 4 touchdowns, 0 interceptions, and completed 61% of his passes. He might not be in people’s Top 20 fantasy football QB ranks because of lack of prolific passing statistics, but taking care of the football is one of the most important aspects on the field.
When you think of quarterbacks nowadays, you think of gunslingers. While Smith may not go to a Pro Bowl anytime soon, he plays an important part.
He has had the best record as a starter since 2011 according to ESPN’s Trey Wingo with a record of 22-5-1. His performance has definitely gone up since coach Jim Harbaugh came along in 2011 in San Francisco.
According to NFL.com team stats, Kansas City was -24 in turnover ratio last season. In the first three games, their ratio is +9.
Smith is also helped by having a Pro-Bowl running back in Jamaal Charles and the 2nd ranked defense in the league.
Having all these commodities makes it even more important to not make mistakes. More teams should try to have an Alex Smith type of player at quarterback.
This is why first-year Chiefs head coach Andy Reid decided to give up a 2013 second round pick and 2014 conditional second/third round pick for Smith in a trade with the Niners in the offseason.
So far, Smith has been enjoying the ride in Kansas City, as he told NFL Network in the postgame interview.
“It’s been great to say the least,” Smith said. “I didn’t know where my next opportunity would come. This is where I want to be and I’m thankful that it happened.”