Originally Posted by keg in kc
This isn't the metric in which the team is measured.
The metric is performance. It's really that simple. If this offense clicks into gear (which they should), and if, in the next few years, they're able to consistently go deep in the playoffs with Alex Smith behind center, then he's fine, and the trade was fine, regardless of who they coulda/shoulda/woulda had. Hell, he'll be the most popular guy in KC. Look how much everyone loves Trent Green, and he never even won a playoff game (through no real fault of his own)....
People are understandably concerned that we're seeing a familiar script play out. There are other ways to go about it, concerning the quarterback position. But in the end what ultimately matters is performance.
I've said this before.
I firmly believe that the only thing that separates Alex Smith and Drew Brees is confidence.
Alex Smith has similar arm strength, is more mobile, and has better physical tools overall.
He has the football IQ.
But he plays timid.
If Andy Reid could get him to play with the confidence that Brees plays with, he could easily be the guy we all hope to have.