Alex Smith is entering his 13th season in the NFL. He knows how to win in the regular season with a 56 percent win percentage in his 141 games played. Not so much in the playoffs though. Smith only has a 2-4 record in the playoffs. Some pundits want the Kansas City Chiefs to move away from Smith and in the direction of another quarterback. It also has been reported that the Chiefs have met with multiple quarterbacks from this quarterback class including including North Carolina’s Mitchell Trubisky, Notre Dame’s DeShone Kizer, Texas Tech’s Patrick Mahomes II, Pittsburgh’s Nathan Peterman, Brad Kaaya of Miami (Fla.) and Clemson’s Deshaun Watson.
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With the Chiefs meeting with this group of quarterbacks, it is safe to say that they are looking to pick up one of them in the draft. When talking to Terez Paylor at the Kansas City Star during the Pro Bowl, Smith said this referring to adding talent:
“If I were running a team, of course you would continue to bring in young talent — are you kidding me, the quarterback touches the ball every single play. It’s hard to develop guys, it’s hard to find guys. Every year, you want to be taking a shot — that’s just smart football.”
It is safe to say from that quote that Smith expects John Dorsey, the general manager of the Chiefs, to select one of these quarterbacks in the 2017 NFL draft. Even though Smith has been a decent performer during the regular season, he will need to address his playoff woes if he expects to be the Chiefs’ starting quarterback for much longer. None of these quarterbacks look ready to jump under center from the beginning of the season, but with a year of coaching from Andy Reid and company, they could be ready to take the helm in 2018 if Smith doesn’t improve.
If Smith isn’t careful, 2018 could turn into 2012 all over again.