Well it goes both ways....
A QB can not be successful if he's on his back all game. Oline has to block first because anything can be accomplished offensively.
Having that said I think Alex Smith sucks, I think he's always sucked and I think he benefited from a great defense in SF the last couple years, a defense the Chiefs do not have currently at the moment. He's a game manager just like Cassel was. Smith isn't going to be asked to win ball games, he's gonna be asked to not turn the ball over and put the ball in the playmakers hands.
Reid is known for being a passer first, but I just don't see how that's going to be this team's philosophy w/ Smith at the helm. I just don't. If you're going to be a pass-first team in this league you have to have a guy that's willing to put a team on his back, make everyone around him better and march down the field for TD drives, not this FG bullshit we've been witnessing for the past 8-9 yrs.
Damn it's been a decade since we had that awesome 2002-2003 offense. But that offense thrived w/ only having an average QB and no WR threats on the outside. Now granted we had one of the best Olines in NFL history in 2002 and a HOF TE, but our game was a run first offense and we passed a lot out of the backfield to our RB's, which is what Reid is going to do this season. Getting the ball into Charles hands in open field? I'm sold.
People also forget how much Dante Hall changed games for the Chiefs then. Something that we've been sorely lacking since he's left. This team needs to score TD's and set up good field position on every opportunity. Who'd going to return punts? McCluster? Gilyard? Gray? DMC better hold onto the god damn ball this season....same goes for Knile Davis...esp if he plans on being back#2.
Good thing about signing Albert long term is that it allows Stephenson to get better under the radar...so that if any of our starting tackles gets injured down the road, hopefully Stephenson can be good enough to step in and the offense not skip a beat. He was horrible at times last season but he also held his own a lot of times as well. He just needs time to get better and adjust to the league, I truly believe he can be a good tackle.
I'll agree w/ anyone that this team needs a top10 elite NFL QB in order to win it all...it's a god damn shame this team didn't suck for Luck, or fill their pants full of pee for RGIII. This was just a horrible year to have the 1st overall pick if you're wanting to draft a franchise QB...there just wasn't one in this draft.
2014 Adopt-A-Chief: RT Donald Stephenson #79
Last edited by CoMoChief; 05-03-2013 at 01:37 AM..