Alex Smith: Chiefs Weapons Will Give Chiefs' QB Chance to Succeed

Kyle NewportFeatured ColumnistMarch 8, 2013

KANSAS CITY, MO - SEPTEMBER 26: Alex Smith #11 of the San Francisco 49ers looks to pass against the Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium on September 26, 2010 in Kansas City, Missouri. The Chiefs won 31-10. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
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The Kansas City Chiefs have quality playmakers on offense, so new quarterback Alex Smith is in a great position to succeed next season.

With six Pro Bowlers last season, the Chiefs are a quality quarterback away from being competitive. Jay Glazer of Fox last week that the Chiefs acquired Smith from the San Francisco 49ers, but it's not official yet.

It will be yet another offensive coordinator for Smith to work with, but he should be used  to it after having a new one almost every season in San Francisco. 

The former first-round pick will now get to work with Andy Reid, who is widely considered a quarterback guru. Heck, he got an unproven Kevin Kolb a huge contract.

San Francisco was 20-6-1 when Smith was the starter the past two seasons, so there will be high expectations for him in Kansas City. Once thought to be a bust, he evolved into an efficient quarterback in a conservative passing game, making enough plays to lead his team to the NFC title game in 2012.

In the past two seasons, Smith threw 30 touchdowns against just 10 interceptions. Before his concussion in 2012, he had a quarterback rating of 104.1, which was one of the best in the league.

Now he will head to Kansas City, a team that features Pro Bowl talent at both running back and receiver.

Jamaal Charles has turned into a formidable back. Outside of when he tore his ACL in 2011, he has been very productive.

He has seen his workload and yardage increase with every season. In every full season since he was a rookie, he has eclipsed the 1,000-yard mark and scored at least five touchdowns. He has never averaged below 5.3 yards per carry, breaking the occasional long run, while Peyton Hillis is capable at moving the chains.

On the outside, Bowe has quietly become a Pro Bowl receiver. He has played all 16 games four times in his six-year career, and he has had at least 995 receiving yards in each of those seasons.

Bowe also has averaged six touchdowns per season and has a career-high of 15 in one season. He is good for 70 to 80 catches per season, so Smith has a quality receiver to throw to.

Charles and Bowe are elite players, so it should be a smooth transition for Smith. Smith may be working behind an improved line, too, as Kansas City also slapped the franchise tag on lineman Branden Albert and is a strong candidate for selection Luke Joeckel with the draft's top pick.

That said, Smith will need to continue to be smart with the football, but he will have trustworthy weapons to give the ball to in key situations.

Expectations shouldn't be too high for Smith, considering he has to learn a new system and players. However, the division is weak outside of Denver. Now will be the time for Kansas City to win, so he needs to adjust quickly.

Although the Chiefs only had two wins last season, they have plenty of surrounding talent that will help Smith succeed next season.


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