The Kansas City Chiefs traded this year’s second-round draft pick and a conditional pick in next year’s draft to acquire quarterback Alex Smith from the San Francisco 49ers, and he has been everything that they had hoped he will be during the early stages of organized team activities.
Chiefs quarterbacks coach Matt Nagy was speaking to the Kansas City Star, and he had nothing to say about the new quarterback.
“He’s been everything that we thought he was,” Nagy said. “He’s a true professional. He’s in his [playbook] every day. He’s always asking questions, trying to get better. He’s being a leader for the other [quarterbacks] as well.”
For Smith, there is good news because he is impressing more than just the quarterbacks coach. Chiefs offensive coordinator Doug Pederson also had nothing but positive things to say.
“He’s comfortable with what we’re doing,” Pederson said. “He’s understanding the terminology, and he’s orchestrating that at the line of scrimmage. We’re really pleased with where he’s at right now.”
Kansas City needs to hope that Smith can continue to improve as he becomes more familiar with the team’s office. However, if he just stays at the level he is currently playing at, it will still be an improvement of their quarterback situation just a year ago.