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Alex Smith thinks Chiefs committed to him only through this season


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#1 KC Warpaint

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Posted 18 May 2017 - 02:37 AM

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Adam Teicher ESPN Staff Writer

 

In his first public comments since the Kansas City Chiefs traded up in the first round to select Texas Tech's Patrick Mahomes II, Alex Smith acknowledged Wednesday that his time as Kansas City's starting quarterback might soon be finished.

 

The Chiefs view Mahomes as the eventual replacement for Smith, who has two seasons left on his contract.

 

"I think [the Chiefs are] committed to me [only] through this year,'' Smith said. "That's just the nature of it. If you don't go out there and perform, I mean, coach [Andy] Reid and [quarterbacks coach Matt Nagy] are very honest. You've got to go out there and do your deal. We all have to.

"Whether or not we drafted Patrick, it doesn't change that, right? If you're not good enough and didn't get it done, you're not going to be around long.

 

That's just our culture. I know it. That's the nature of the position.''

 

Quarterback Alex Smith has two seasons left on his contract but acknowledged Wednesday in his first public comments since the Chiefs drafted Patrick Mahomes II that his time in Kansas City might soon be over.

 

The Chiefs moved up to the 10th overall pick to select Mahomes, trading away the 27th pick, their first-round choice in 2018 and a third-rounder (91st overall) this year to the Buffalo Bills.

 

Smith went through a similar situation earlier in his career when he was with the San Francisco 49ers. The 49ers drafted Colin Kaepernick in the second round in 2011. Midway through the following season, Kaepernick replaced Smith as San Francisco's starting quarterback, and Smith was traded to the Chiefs after the end of the season.

 

"There is a little similarity,'' said Smith, who turned 33 earlier this month. "I'm an older quarterback, and they drafted a kid that's coming in young and they're looking to develop.''

 

There is, however, one major difference. Reid and the general manager who brought Smith to the Chiefs, John Dorsey, are still in place. The coach and general manager who drafted Smith with the 49ers were long gone by the time San Francisco brought in Kaepernick.

 

"This is a completely different coaching staff and a completely different team,'' Smith said. "I think I'm a much different player.

 

"In that sense it's very different. They did bring me here, and I've been here four years. I'm in my fifth year now. It was different there. Those were still new faces, so to speak, and I wasn't necessarily their guy or anything like that.''

 

Still, the addition of Mahomes represents the first legitimate threat to Smith's starting job in Kansas City. Reid and Dorsey have said Mahomes is some time away from being ready to play, and that they are committed to Smith for the interim.

 

"I've been through it,'' Smith said. "I'm in a different place than the last time I kind of dealt with something like this, [but] I get it, right? If any of us were the GM, this in my opinion might be the most important position in all of sports. You'd be crazy not to be stockpiling talent.

 

"So I get it, going into year 13. You understand it. At the same time it doesn't change my focus, right? I still feel I've got a lot of years left in me. I still feel like I'm getting better, to be honest with you.''



#2 chiefmanZada

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Posted 18 May 2017 - 04:48 AM

He's a smart man. Perhaps it's time to use his intelligence for something less sexy while he's still got it. Say, insurance salesman?

#3 azchief21

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Posted 18 May 2017 - 05:04 AM

Why would the Chiefs be "committed" to Smith this year? What if Mahommes is better from the start or 3 games in or 6. Why not commit to the best QB on the roster?


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Posted 18 May 2017 - 07:46 AM

I think Reid and Dorsey have committed to "the best player" gets the snaps.

 

The more competition the better for KC.

 

If Smith stinks up the joint or gets hurt....Here comes the Next Man up.

 

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#5 gochiefsgo

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Posted 18 May 2017 - 11:32 AM

Missing wide open receivers down the field in a playoff game and checking down to players who are running routes short of the first down marker for four straight years, one of which the Chiefs did not have a touchdown from a WR all year, of course he must realize his time is nearly up in KC. His style wins games in the regular season against lesser opponents but falls short in the playoffs where big plays are needed.

#6 xen

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Posted 18 May 2017 - 12:09 PM

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#7 PhataLerror

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Posted 18 May 2017 - 12:30 PM

Somewhere
A poem by xen

somewhere
off in the distance
a single tear
slowly falls
from phatal's cheek
the wind blows softly...

Administrators baiting the users? Nice.



#8 Spfdchiefsfan

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Posted 18 May 2017 - 12:34 PM

Administrators baiting the users? Nice.

Muscle up Buttercup!!!  Administrators are just here to keep you in line.  They are just normal users like the rest of us!  Can't handle the heat, get out of the kitchen!



#9 Calichief

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Posted 18 May 2017 - 12:50 PM

Laughing my ass off after reading this thread.

#10 xen

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Posted 18 May 2017 - 12:56 PM

Administrators baiting the users? Nice.

Get over yourself. If you can't take some light ribbing you're probably on the wrong board. I hear chiefs planet is always looking for new members.

#11 oldtimer

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Posted 18 May 2017 - 01:03 PM

Get over yourself. If you can't take some light ribbing you're probably on the wrong board. I hear chiefs planet is always looking for new members.

:lol:



#12 Handswarmer

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Posted 18 May 2017 - 03:11 PM

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Administrators baiting the users? Nice.

Mangina issues?



#13 jetlord

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Posted 18 May 2017 - 03:24 PM

Administrators baiting the users? Nice.

Forget about it.  Xen is overrated.



#14 kcchief4lif

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Posted 18 May 2017 - 04:16 PM

For all we know it could end up being the next russel wilson story??

 

There's a TON of time for things to play out between now and opening day and even the end of the season.



#15 jetlord

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Posted 18 May 2017 - 05:56 PM

Barring injury, Smith starts the season.  If the Chiefs are on track to make the playoffs, Smith plays all season.  If Mahomes learns fast, he may get into a few games that are already decided but I think the Chiefs will be cautious about creating a QB controversy.  95% sure that Smith won't be on the Chiefs' roster next year.  Bray is the odd man out unless Smith goes down very early or Mahomes just isn't close to being ready.  At least that's my take.


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#16 DieHard

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Posted 18 May 2017 - 06:13 PM

Rwanda, West Nile, Xen's poem. Its a cruel, cruel world. All we can do is try to survive. Remember what Frederick Nietzsche said in Twilight of the Idles, what does not kill us makes us stronger.






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