Good starting quarterbacks want the focus to be on football — at least, such is true in the case of Alex Smith. He doesn’t want there to be a distraction going into the season. And so he’s going to stop talking to the media about it all together.
“… The focus needs to be on ball,” Alex Smith said to the Kansas City Star.
“You’re getting to the point where either way, you want it to stop being a distraction,” Smith said. “You guys know how I feel about this, and it’s the truth.”
It puts the veteran in a particularly disadvantageous position. The two sides have “significant difference” in regards to the contract, according to KC Star source. Smith wants to get paid to money he deserves, and he wants to stay with the Chiefs. There isn’t much he can do, except play football and prove he deserves the money he’s asking for. He’s itching to get going and stop this talk about money.
“You’re finally gonna cross a line where it’s like, it’s just football from here on out and I’m done not only talking about it with you guys, but even behind the scenes as well,” Smith said. He hasn’t decided the exact moment when he’s going to end the money talk. “No, no hard line,” Smith said. “At some point mentally it will come for me where it’s like ‘OK, it’s over’ and let’s just focus on the season.”
The Chiefs were a revelation, but Smith will enter this season without three of last year’s starting linemen. He’ll need to prove they weren’t a one-year wonder.