Was listening to Arrowhead-Pride podcast yesterday and the question came up as to who they felt would be our QB in the 2018 season? Out of the three guys one said Smith and the other two said Mahomes simply because Smith is hot property right now and we could get a 2nd round pick out of him, and then unleash Pat.
And tbh, I'd probably agree with that but if he continues to play the way he has been then my word it's gonna be a tougher decision to make. The only thing that makes me agree is Pat's potential is scary and he could genuinely be a "Rodgers" type of QB. So is there any point in holding him back any longer when we could just let him play and potentially strengthen the team in other areas with another 2nd round pick?
Don't take this the wrong way as I don't think that Smith wants "to be out of Kansas City" but he will want to play as long as he can and so the sooner he gets to a good situation, the better. He would rather play here one year than go to a bad situation.
So while he is playing for next year and I don't believe he would demand a trade, that would work out best for him in my opinion longer-term.
For us, getting something good in return, using the cap savings, and giving Mahomes more playing time as opposed to learning time would be good. No one wants to be a lame duck quarterback. Especially the one who is going to be 34.
I think that if we win the Super Bowl, that guarantees that Smith will start somewhere next year. If we don't, I believe he will be on a team no matter what and he will have to compete for every year he plays. But this year determines whether he is a mentor, stopgap, longer term starter, etc.
While I thought that Andy Reid would emphasize competition when asked about Patrick, he has instead emphasized that Smith isn't getting any younger. That doesn't tell me anything on their plans on the future because we already assumed that Mahomes is the guy, but it does show a little bit about the mutual understanding that this isn't a job that Smith will fend away for long term. Smith can fend a way to keep his job until next year and then boom everyone gets old.