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Old 06-05-2013, 06:26 PM  
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Prodded by Andy Reid, Chiefs QB Alex Smith learning to be more aggressive
By ADAM TEICHER
The Kansas City Star
One of the qualities the Chiefs like in new quarterback Alex Smith is his recent history with few turnovers. Smith threw just 10 interceptions in his last 25 games for the San Francisco 49ers, a stat that looks extremely pretty in Kansas City after Chiefs quarterbacks committed 27 turnovers last season.

Smith’s low turnover rate was due at least in part by his reluctance to throw the ball down the field. He was referred to by frustrated 49ers fans as Captain Checkdown for his habit of throwing shorter patterns to receivers for shorter gains.

Smith is in the process of being reprogrammed by Andy Reid, his new coach. Reid doesn’t want to turn Smith into a turnover machine but wants him to be more aggressive, particularly during offseason practice.

“You want to get a feel for the offense now, particularly when you’re new at it (and) if there are close throws, challenge it, see what you can get away with,” Reid said. “If it ends up being an interception, OK, it’s an interception. You learn from it. These are smart guys so they learn from it and once they get into the season, they’re not experimenting with it on game day and they know what they can get away with and know what they can’t.

“It’s a new offense. I would tell any quarterback that comes in new that that’s what you need to do. I’ve told them all that. Go ahead and take your shots and see what you can get away with, within reason. But if it’s a close throw, there are going to be a few of those in the National Football League on game day so you need to know what you can get away with on each route.”

Smith and the other Chiefs quarterbacks were rewarded with several long completions in Wednesday’s practice. Smith had three such plays, including two to Jon Baldwin, while Tyler Bray and Ricky Stanzi had one apiece.

Wednesday’s barrage of big passing plays isn’t necessarily an indication the deep ball is back in the Chiefs’ offense. But since such plays have been scarce for the Chiefs in each of the past two seasons, they’re taking it as an encouraging sign.

“We’re just kind of continuing to press to see what we can do … finding out what we’re capable of,” Smith said. “You’ve got to find that out at some point. This is what the practice field is for.”

Smith was the NFL’s highest-rated passer last season before he was injured, missed a start and then replaced by Colin Kaepernick as San Francisco’s starting quarterback. Smith was completing more than 70 percent of his passes, a high rate, and had just five interceptions.

Still, he had just 30 touchdown passes in his final 25 starts for the 49ers. While that’s a good number as a ratio with his 10 interceptions, it still represents a shortage of big plays.

Smith won’t turn into a mad bomber overnight, if he ever does.

“You want to stay aggressive,” Smith said. “But in the end I’m always trying to make the right read and throw where the defense is telling me to throw. You don’t come out here and predetermine anything, like ‘Oh, I’m going to chuck it deep on this play.’ I’m constantly trying to just trust my eyes and what I’m seeing out there, trust my reads and what I’ve prepared for and then come out here and throw good balls.”

For his part, Reid might be OK with that. But for now, when an interception costs the Chiefs nothing, he would prefer Smith be more of a gambler.

“Everybody is all on board (with Smith),” Reid said. “He’s a good football player. He’s showing that (along with) good leadership. I’m asking him to do a ton of things. He’s handling it. We’ve had an interception here or there but that’s all part of this thing. You’ve got to find out about the offense and you can’t do it with your hands in your pocket. You’ve got to go out and try things and experiment. That’s what he’s doing now.

“It’s just good stuff. He’s staying aggressive with the ball, and I appreciate that.”

The final offseason practice is today. The Chiefs won’t get together again as a group until training camp begins in July at Missouri Western State University.

Smith indicated he may try to throw to some Chiefs receivers during their downtime in an effort to stay sharp.

“We’re heads and shoulder above where we were a couple of months ago,” he said. “But that’s a never-ending thing. I don’t think it’s something like, ‘We’ve got a good feel for each other so we don’t need to work anymore.’ You’re constantly working at it. This is our job, this is our craft. Every single day, it’s coming out here and pushing to get better.”
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Old 06-12-2013, 05:56 PM   #91
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Yeah, I will always be a die-hard 49ers fan, but Harbaugh is an asshole snake for stabbing Alex in the back. Jim got what he deserved by losing the SB... though we the fans didn't deserve it. (well, some did) Oh well.. won't historically be the first team I adore that is coached by a despicable person.
Unfathomable.

Harbaugh took the players Singletary couldn't do shit with...and immediately took them to the NFC title game then followed that up with a Superbowl run that came up one non-call short of a Lombardi trophy.

Yeah...if I were a Niner fan, I would hate him for upgrading the QB and hurting Alex Smith's feelings.
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Old 06-13-2013, 06:49 AM   #92
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Holy Shit. My friend, Harbs is a God.

He did not "stab Alex in the back." The Niners moved up in the second round to draft CK7. He was not drafted to be a backup. Everyone, including Alex, knew he was drafted to take over eventually.

As the head coach, his "prime directive," to wax star trek, is to do what was best for the team. It was apparent to everyone that turning it over to Kaep at that point was what was best for the team. I always supported Alex and wanted him to succeed, but, unfortunately, that is part of the game.

What Harbs did for the Niners was incredible, miraculous. And Alex got to ride that wave for a while. Not going to tell you how to feel, but I just cant understand being pissed at Harbs.
I am not saying that I think Jim is an incompetent coach... not even saying that I am unhappy he is our HC.

... but I value honesty and loyalty... and I think those are qualities that Jim lacks. He's a silver-tongued salesman looking to get what he wants. If that produces trophies? Of course, I'll learn to live with it.... I don't respect him as a human being... and I wouldn't trust him or go to war with him as a player. (well, I would cause I love the game and they pay well, lol)
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Old 06-13-2013, 07:44 AM   #93
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I am not saying that I think Jim is an incompetent coach... not even saying that I am unhappy he is our HC.

... but I value honesty and loyalty... and I think those are qualities that Jim lacks. He's a silver-tongued salesman looking to get what he wants. If that produces trophies? Of course, I'll learn to live with it.... I don't respect him as a human being... and I wouldn't trust him or go to war with him as a player. (well, I would cause I love the game and they pay well, lol)
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Old 06-13-2013, 07:52 AM   #94
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Yeah, **** Harbs! If it wasn't for him taking Alex out, he would still be playing for your team and not for ours!
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Old 06-13-2013, 08:01 AM   #95
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I think the suckfest for CK is a bit much. He took the team 1 game farther than Smith did and truth be told just about ****ed them several times with bad turnovers early in playoff games.He did have the talent to make up for most of it though.

He is a good QB for sure but until he can win for a period of time I'm not sold he is super man. He has had a 9 game stretch that was damn good. Lets see what he can do when teams know what they are going against.
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Old 06-13-2013, 08:15 AM   #96
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Yeah, **** Harbs! If it wasn't for him taking Alex out, he would still be playing for your team and not for ours!
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Old 06-13-2013, 09:02 AM   #97
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I am not saying that I think Jim is an incompetent coach... not even saying that I am unhappy he is our HC.

... but I value honesty and loyalty... and I think those are qualities that Jim lacks. He's a silver-tongued salesman looking to get what he wants. If that produces trophies? Of course, I'll learn to live with it.... I don't respect him as a human being... and I wouldn't trust him or go to war with him as a player. (well, I would cause I love the game and they pay well, lol)
How about we trade you Smiff and Reid straight up for Harbs? Reid is loyalty to his guys, you'd like him.
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Old 06-13-2013, 09:48 AM   #98
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I am not saying that I think Jim is an incompetent coach... not even saying that I am unhappy he is our HC.

... but I value honesty and loyalty... and I think those are qualities that Jim lacks. He's a silver-tongued salesman looking to get what he wants. If that produces trophies? Of course, I'll learn to live with it.... I don't respect him as a human being... and I wouldn't trust him or go to war with him as a player. (well, I would cause I love the game and they pay well, lol)
You dolt. Kaepernick threw for 280 yards and rushed for 180 against green bay. He threw for 233 yards with a 75 pct completion rate against Atlanta. Even against Baltimore, in a slow start, he threw for over 300 yards and almost had a huge comeback.

And the kid has only played a half season.

But by all means... It was a dumb decision to switch qbs to kaepernick.
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Old 06-13-2013, 10:39 AM   #99
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I am not saying that I think Jim is an incompetent coach... not even saying that I am unhappy he is our HC.

... but I value honesty and loyalty... and I think those are qualities that Jim lacks. He's a silver-tongued salesman looking to get what he wants. If that produces trophies? Of course, I'll learn to live with it.... I don't respect him as a human being... and I wouldn't trust him or go to war with him as a player. (well, I would cause I love the game and they pay well, lol)
"Loyalty" in this sense is inconsistent with coaching in the NFL. Any competent coach would have made the same decision, IMO.
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Can we just backpack pressure cooker bomb this ****ing thread already?

All it is is a festering cesspool of niner fans swilling niner QB cocks. Let them go to their own site and do that shit.
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Old 06-13-2013, 11:11 AM   #101
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The only ****ing thing Smith is great at is protecting the football.

You knew what you got when you signed him.
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Old 06-13-2013, 08:41 PM   #102
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How about we trade you Smiff and Reid straight up for Harbs? Reid is loyalty to his guys, you'd like him.
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Old 06-14-2013, 01:19 PM   #103
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"Loyalty" in this sense is inconsistent with coaching in the NFL. Any competent coach would have made the same decision, IMO.
No, not every coach would of done the same thing, but, Harbs has displayed that he goes with his coaching gut, and I fully understand that. In the end, it wasnt the decision to go away from Alex that bothered me, it was the WAY it was handled. I would of preferred that it wasnt as strung out as it was. The writing was on the wall.
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The only ****ing thing Smith is great at is protecting the football.

You knew what you got when you signed him.
Incorrect on two parts. One, Alex Smith is great at diagnosing defenses pre snap, and getting the team into the correct play.

And, he wasnt signed, he was traded for.

Remember, if he had been a free agent, no one would of cared that the chiefs had him. I have read this about 100000 million times on here.
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No, not every coach would of done the same thing, but, Harbs has displayed that he goes with his coaching gut, and I fully understand that. In the end, it wasnt the decision to go away from Alex that bothered me, it was the WAY it was handled. I would of preferred that it wasnt as strung out as it was. The writing was on the wall.
How was it strung out? Alex smith got injured, Kaepernick started the rest of the season. How was there any stringing out?
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How was it strung out? Alex smith got injured, Kaepernick started the rest of the season. How was there any stringing out?
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