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Old 06-05-2013, 06:26 PM  
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Teicher:Prodded by Andy Reid, Chiefs QB Alex Smith learning to be more aggressive

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 06-26-2013, 06:49 PM   #751
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where is the upgrade at DL?
where is the upgrade at FS?
where is the upgrade at CB2? CB3?
where is the upgrade at WR2? WR3?

They upgraded the LBers, Oline, RB, QB, and TE. Some of those were already "strong points" of the team.

We still have holes is my point
And none of this has a ****ing thing to do with how incredibly bad Cassel and Quinn were and their willingness to give the ball away.

Cutting last seasons turnovers in half gets them to 5 or 6 wins.
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Old 06-26-2013, 06:51 PM   #752
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where is the upgrade at DL?
where is the upgrade at FS?
where is the upgrade at CB2? CB3?
where is the upgrade at WR2? WR3?

They upgraded the LBers, Oline, RB, QB, and TE. Some of those were already "strong points" of the team.

We still have holes is my point
So, you're claiming DeVito, Abdullah, Robinson, Smith and Avery aren't upgrades?

What team were you watching last year?
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Old 06-26-2013, 07:02 PM   #753
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Reid is one of the best coaches in the NFL, period. You don't get to five NFC champoinships by being a slouch.
Yep, he's been burning up the charts as of late! But, I'm sure his relocation to KC will change all of that.
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Old 06-26-2013, 07:05 PM   #755
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So, you're claiming DeVito, Abdullah, Robinson, Smith and Avery aren't upgrades?

What team were you watching last year?
Playing Devil's Advocate.
Devito is a career backup replacing a first round pick, Abdullah hasn't played for over a year and was an undrafted Free agent anyway, Dunta is older now and was a liability at times last year, Sean Smith is an upgrade, and Avery would be if he was healthy but as of now it's a tricky situation with the ankle sprain.

Solid signings, don't get me wrong, but I think Bishop would've been our biggest signing (if healthy of course)
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So, you're claiming DeVito, Abdullah, Robinson, Smith and Avery aren't upgrades?

What team were you watching last year?
The only one of that group that you can say objectively and with absolute certainty is an upgrade is Avery.
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Robinson is an upgrade to nothing. Dude was one of the worst CBs in football last year. That goes for Smith, too.
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Doug Pedersen was a fine QB coach and a solid NFL backup for more than a decade. He knows the system and if Reid didn't feel he was ready for the job, he wouldn't have hired him for it. He'd have hired Childress

Reid, Chilly, Pedersen, Sutton, etc. versus Romeo Crennel, Romeo Crennel, Mo Carthon, Brian Daboll. You may not see a massive upgrade by I certainly do.

Reid is one of the best coaches in the NFL, period. You don't get to five NFC champoinships by being a slouch.
Reid is overrated as a QB guru, and he has done nothing of note since Jim Johnson died.
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Old 06-26-2013, 07:17 PM   #760
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I wonder if the Chiefs will ever stop playing it safe? Probably not. Clark doesn't strike me as much of a student of the game. The people who claim him as a no risk/no reward/fill the seats guy are pretty much spot-on.
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Robinson is an upgrade to nothing. Dude was one of the worst CBs in football last year. That goes for Smith, too.
Not an upgrade over Jalil Brown? What?
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Reid is overrated as a QB guru, and he has done nothing of note since Jim Johnson died.
You're right, he sucks.

How does he have a job?
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The only one of that group that you can say objectively and with absolute certainty is an upgrade is Avery.
Smith is an upgrade, Avery is an upgrade, DeVito is an upgrade, even if its just leadership, Abdullah, if healthy will provide experienced depth if not win the job outright.

This team has been upgraded across the board in terms of experience, leadership and depth.

That matters.
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Smith is an upgrade, Avery is an upgrade, DeVito is an upgrade, even if its just leadership, Abdullah, if healthy will provide experienced depth if not win the job outright.

This team has been upgraded across the board in terms of experience, leadership and depth.

That matters.
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Playing Devil's Advocate.
Devito is a career backup replacing a first round pick, Abdullah hasn't played for over a year and was an undrafted Free agent anyway, Dunta is older now and was a liability at times last year, Sean Smith is an upgrade, and Avery would be if he was healthy but as of now it's a tricky situation with the ankle sprain.

Solid signings, don't get me wrong, but I think Bishop would've been our biggest signing (if healthy of course)
Dorsey was nothing special and he wasn't a vocal leader. DeVito will provide leadership, knows the system and is a tough player.

Smith and Robinson are upgrades to Jalil Brown, Arenas and the rest of those chumps. Abdullah should be great insurance when Lewis inevitably gets hurts, if he doesn't beat him outright.
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