We are about a month away from the start of training camp for the Kansas City Chiefs in St. Joseph, Missouri and with the offseason program complete, it is never too early for the coaching staff to evaluate the progress of the players. Specifically, new quarterbacks coach Matt Nagy who was the QB coach in Philadelphia under head coach Andy Reid, is already speaking about new Chiefs signal-caller Alex Smith and how he has taken on the challenge of leading the new offense.
"Really pleased, he's super intelligent. He has a very high-football IQ. He understands the game, the protection, all facets of the game, he gets it. If you have that, for all of us who have played most of our life, the physical side of the game comes pretty easily."
Those are pretty positive words that Chiefs' fans should feel comfortable hearing about their new QB. After leading the San Francisco 49ers to the NFC Championship game in 2011 and another solid first half of the 2012 season, Smith has gained the experience of leading his team to wins. That is something he will look to bring with him to Kansas City on a team that already has their core players intact. A 2-14 football team with six Pro Bowlers is not something to overlook, and if Alex Smith can continue his success that he had in San Fran, good things will happen for the boys in red.
A mid-season concussion allowed backup Colin Kaepernick to take over the reigns for the '9ers and he never looked back. Leading them to the #2 seed in the NFC and a Super Bowl birth is the reason why Kaepernick became the quarterback of the future for San Francisco and the end of Alex Smith's tenure there. The Chiefs should feel fortunate to have him as their new guy with the recent draft class that was weak on QB's.
According to the coaching staff, Smith's offseason has gone just as planned, if not better. He is "everything they had hoped for" and those words echoed by the staff will only get Chiefs fans more eager and excited for the season to start. If Smith can repeat the success he enjoyed while in SF and ultimately win football games in KC, it would be safe to say the move by GM John Dorsey to trade two high draft picks for him was the right move.
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