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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 06-27-2013, 01:01 PM   #856
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There's nothing "false narrative" about poiniting out that Alex Smith sucks on third down.

That doesn't help a defense.
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Old 06-27-2013, 01:03 PM   #857
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There's nothing "false narrative" about poiniting out that Alex Smith sucks on third down.

That doesn't help a defense.
You're running away from your original quote.

And there is no way to ascertain whether or not Alex Smith has the same problem in Kansas City as he did in San Fran until there's actual data to analyze.
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Old 06-27-2013, 01:04 PM   #858
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Old 06-27-2013, 01:05 PM   #859
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I see this thread hasn't changed much...
Nope. Same handful of you whiny bitches complaining about something that has yet to occur.
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Old 06-27-2013, 01:05 PM   #860
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You're running away from your original quote.

And there is no way to ascertain whether or not Alex Smith has the same problem in Kansas City as he did in San Fran until there's actual data to analyze.
Oh, sure. He's magically going to become a guy who can throw the ball down the field and get rid of the ball quickly.

After 8 years in the league.

Sure, Dane.

Ride on your steed of homerism!

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Old 06-27-2013, 01:07 PM   #861
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Oh, sure. He's magically going to become a guy who can throw the ball down the field and get rid of the ball quickly.

After 8 years in the league.

Sure, Dane.

Ride on your steed of homerism!
I didn't realize that he'll be in the same offense with the same personnel and be asked to do the same exact things in KC as he was in San Francisco.

You're attention whoring is boring but at least you've got a follower in SweetDickWillie/ROR/DCS.

You must be proud.
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Old 06-27-2013, 01:07 PM   #862
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No, I'm not.

I'm merely pointing out that Alex Smith doesn't help defenses like a top tier QB would.

He's not doing shit for our defense that Matt Cassel couldn't do in 2010.

That's all Matt did in 2010. He didn't turn it over. If that's all Alex is going to do, that's not enough. You want to help the defense? Own third down and extend drives.

That is something Alex Smith has shown time and time again that he can't do.
In 2012 San Francisco was 14th in the league in the number of 1st down attempts. They were 30th in the league in the number of 3rd down attempts. Alex Smith owned third down by not needing them. He tended to get the first down on either the first or second down. I know as Chiefs fans that is a foreign concept, but some QBs can actually do that....
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Nope. Same handful of you whiny bitches complaining about something that has yet to occur.
And you whiny bitches that are doing the same thing
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Old 06-27-2013, 01:09 PM   #864
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In 2012 San Francisco was 14th in the league in the number of 1st down attempts. They were 30th in the league in the number of 3rd down attempts. Alex Smith owned third down by not needing them. He tended to get the first down on either the first or second down. I know as Chiefs fans that is a foreign concept, but some QBs can actually do that....


OK.

This is getting dumb. Every QB in the league has to convert on third down in every game 6 or 7 times at least.

Also, pointing to 2012 stats is weak since Alex didn't even finish the whole season. It paints an incomplete picture.
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Old 06-27-2013, 01:10 PM   #865
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And you whiny bitches that are doing the same thing
Who's whining?

Since when is taking an optimistic approach, whining?
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Who's whining?

Since when is taking an optimistic approach, whining?
You whine about the people being objective and pointing out undeniable truths.
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Old 06-27-2013, 01:12 PM   #867
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You whine about the people being objective and pointing out undeniable truths.
Objective?



I get it, I'm just a silly homer.
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Old 06-27-2013, 01:14 PM   #868
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Yes, I'm being objective about Alex Smith.

If I was being unobjective I would say he completely sucks and he will kill this team.

He won't. He just won't do much for it beyond "hey thanks for not ****ing up the rest of the team bro."
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Old 06-27-2013, 01:19 PM   #869
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Who's whining?

Since when is taking an optimistic approach, whining?
You're whining about the negative people. Optimism (aka Homerism) doesn't make you right, although you seem to feel the need to stress that you are. Hence why I quit arguing with yous types, its a waste of time. October will be here soon enough to solve the argument. I'm just waiting with anticipation on what the excuses will be.
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I get it, I'm just a silly homer.
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