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Author: Jon Kuzma
Alex Smith has been the quarterback of the Kansas City Chiefs for 4 seasons but Smith’s reign is going to be coming to an end shortly. After 11 total seasons in the National Football League Smith has only thrown for a career high of 23 touchdowns in a single season and that isn’t good enough to win a Super Bowl. The Chiefs have acknowledged that their growth is limited to by Smith’s inability to produce and keep in mind Smith has never thrown for 4,000 yards in a single season either. When you factor in Drew Brees has been able to throw for 5,000 yards in a single season 5 different times, you can begin to see how big the gap is between elite quarterbacks and Alex Smith. Andy Reid knows that his window to win a Super Bowl will get smaller after Eric Berry, and Justin Houston lose a step. That means Reid has to find a replacement for Smith quickly and the 2017 NFL Draft will be the perfect place to find that player. If the Chiefs can get any of the 1st round quarterbacks that would be a great pick up for this team, that player could then push Smith for the starting job. While Alex Smith might have one more season left in him as a starter, if one of the rookie quarterbacks is clearly the better option Reid will play the better player. Why have another early playoff exit with Smith if another player can take your team further? That’s what the Chiefs’ thinking is behind close doors and Reid is just publicly backing Smith because he is a stand up coach. So now that the Chiefs are looking to move past Alex Smith that leads us to ask who could potentially be Smith’s successor? Pat Mahomes is one quarterback in the 2017 Draft who the Chiefs could be targeting and out of Mitchell Trubisky, Deshaun Watson, and Pat Mahomes Mahomes is the only quarterback who ever threw for over 5,000 yards in a single season. That premier production throwing wise is exactly what Kansas City is lacking and should give the Chiefs franchise the push it needs to get to the top. Smith on the other hand could look to continue his career elsewhere but the veteran quarterback might walk away from the game instead. Smith is entering his 12th season and at some point you have to step away from pro football if you’re an aging player. So we will see how things pan out for Smith if the Chiefs do indeed go another route at the QB position. Regardless though Smith has played in the NFL for over a decade and that’s a lot more than most people can say.
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