I woke up this morning, got on Twitter, and the first thing I saw was that the Chiefs had traded for Alex Smith. I knew today was going to be a good day.
It didn’t come as a surprise to me—or the rest of the Chiefs Kingdom I suppose—that the Chiefs went after the former San Francisco quarterback. Talks of the trade had been happening for several weeks prior, and it was only a matter before the new general manager, John Dorsey, made a move to pick up Smith.
Smith, who led the 49ers to a 6-2-1 start to the season before suffering a concussion, sat out the rest of the season behind rookie quarterback Colin Kaepernick. After the 49ers loss in the Super Bowl, it became clear that they would either release him, or trade him to a team for the right price.
Immediately after the news came out that Smith had been traded—it will not become official until March 12—negative reaction hit social media like a storm. Both local and national media slammed Dorsey and the rest of the Chiefs organization for making such a move.
Their claims? Smith is an average quarterback. He is only slightly better than Matt Cassel. He can’t win championships. This makes the team mediocre at best.
I think you get the point.
But as for myself, I’m on the other side of the fence. The side where the sun is shining bright, and the plants are flourishing. Sure, the Chiefs may have over paid for Smith—a second round pick in this year’s draft and a mid-round pick in next year’s draft—but that was the price for a commodity they simply haven’t had for years.
Smith brings so much to the table, more than any irrational angry fan can imagine. Coming from a San Francisco west coast style offense, he will fit perfectly into Andy Reid’s offense. He nearly took the 49ers to a super bowl two years ago, if it weren’t for a muffed punt.
The NFL draft never guarantees a winning quarterback, and the field of available quarterbacks in this year’s draft was overall weak. Sure there was Geno Smith, but clearly the Chiefs didn’t like what they saw in him.
Smith was the best available quarterback, and the Chiefs took advantage of it. After watching the Senior Bowl and the Combine, they knew they were going to have to look elsewhere if they wanted to obtain a winning quarterback.
Smith, who had a 70.2 completion percentage last season before suffering his concussion, would have led the NFL had he played enough games to qualify. Kansas City will offer him the chance to do that. It’s no secret that Andy Reid likes to throw the ball, so this is a perfect fit for Smith.
The Chiefs haven’t seen a winning quarterback in years, and now is the time that they may have found one who can finally take them to the playoffs (let’s not give Cassel credit for the 2010 season; that was all Jamaal Charles).
This is the best possible offseason move that the Chiefs could have made in terms of acquiring a quarterback. He was the best available option, and the Chiefs took advantage of it. Expect them to win at least 10 games next season.