Alex Smith lead the Kansas City Chiefs to a monster improvement in 2013 where the team climbed from a 2-14 record in 2012 to 11-5. While Smith has often been beleaguered for lacking a cannon arm or the confidence to go for many deep throws at all, his positive impact on the Chiefs was undeniable.
Smith threw for over 3,000 yards with 23 passing touchdowns to only 7 interceptions.
More than anything, Smith gave the Chiefs and their stout defense a chance to win every game they played.
Now, it’s up to Kansas City’s GM John Dorsey to decide how much that’s worth to the Chiefs beyond this 2014 season when Alex Smith’s contract is up. If a recent interview is any indication, Dorsey isn’t worried about it.
John Dorsey spoke on SiriusXM NFL Radio regarding Smith and he sounded confident a deal would be struck, even if there was little reason to rush things.
“This thing will go on for a little bit. There’s a degree of patience here,” Dorsey said. “There’s no reason to rush. We haven’t even gotten to rookie minicamp yet.”
No matter what Kansas City does with Alex Smith, they’re taking a gamble.
If they sign Smith, they’ll have to pay pretty decent starter money to a quarterback who will never be dominant enough to carry a team to the postseason. Smith is an apt player, but not a franchise quarterback.
If they let Smith leave town though, the team would be resting all its hopes on 2014 fifth-round pick Aaron Murray.
A general manager can let a starter go at many positions when he has a promising rookie to back him up, but the quarterback position is a more fickle prospect.
Patience or not, Dorsey will have a lot to think about this summer as the Chiefs look to prove that 2013 was no fluke.