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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 06-28-2013, 09:11 PM   #1411
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What's wrong with 3,200 yards.
Nothing, if you like not winning shit.
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Old 06-28-2013, 09:11 PM   #1412
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Either Fasano or Kelce will have 500 receiving yards.

If Brokeaki can get 450 with Matt ****ing Cassel and Quinn, then I see no reason why one of those TE's listed above can't get 500 with a better QB in a very TE friendly offense.
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Old 06-28-2013, 09:13 PM   #1413
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McCluster catches dinks and dunks.

Alex Smith throws dinks and dunks.

Not hard to do the math.
Charles will catch dinks and dunks...too.

-The Difference-

McCluster will spin, get touched, and fail.

Charles will cut, see daylight, and burn.

Do you even watch this team...?
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Old 06-28-2013, 09:13 PM   #1414
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Splitting hairs.

The point is, Alex Smith can easily reach his pathetic potential with Avery having less than 500 yards.
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Old 06-28-2013, 09:14 PM   #1415
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Old 06-28-2013, 09:14 PM   #1416
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Yes, but he still had 104 targets. And he was a legit downfield threat.

This was not the 49ers passing game with Alex Smith.

That's the point. Alex Smith is our QB. Donnie Avery will probably be lucky to get 60 targets next year.
As I watched the replay of the '94 Bronco's/Chiefs Monday Night Game last week, I couldn't help think that Smith could put the ball in the air 50+ times in a game and be successful... just like Montana did that night.

Now don't read into this that I said Smith is as good as Montana. However, the game plan that night in Denver could be pulled off by Reid and Smith.

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Old 06-28-2013, 09:22 PM   #1417
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Nothing, if you like not winning shit.

List of 4,000 yard passers that won nothing last year:

Drew Brees
Matthew Stafford
Tony Romo
Aaron Rodgers
Josh Freeman
Carson Palmer
Peyton Manning

List of 3200 or below QB's that won "something"

Russell Wilson

List of 3200 or below that made the playoffs:

Russell Wilson
RGIII (although that's unfair because he missed a game)
Christian Ponder

List of 3200 or below "Noted" QB's that won nothing:

Ben Rothlisberger
Jay Cutler
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Old 06-28-2013, 09:25 PM   #1418
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Yes, but he still had 104 targets. And he was a legit downfield threat.

This was not the 49ers passing game with Alex Smith.

That's the point. Alex Smith is our QB. Donnie Avery will probably be lucky to get 60 targets next year.
This will not be the 49ers passing game either.
Pop quiz. Who is known as the most pass happy HC in the league?
Hint: its not Jim Harbaugh.
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Old 06-28-2013, 09:27 PM   #1419
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This will not be the 49ers passing game either.
Pop quiz. Who is known as the most pass happy HC in the league?
Hint: its not Jim Harbaugh.
It's Alex Smith.

Our #2 receiver is not going to be all that involved.

Mark my words.
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Old 06-28-2013, 09:28 PM   #1420
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As I watched the replay of the '94 Bronco's/Chiefs Monday Night Game last week, I couldn't help think that Smith could put the ball in the air 50+ times in a game and be successful... just like Montana did that night.

Now don't read into this that I said Smith is as good as Montana. However, the game plan that night in Denver could be pulled off by Reid and Smith.
So we're bringing our passing game up to 1994 standards?

Cool.
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Old 06-28-2013, 09:28 PM   #1421
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List of 4,000 yard passers that won nothing last year:

Drew Brees
Matthew Stafford
Tony Romo
Aaron Rodgers
Josh Freeman
Carson Palmer
Peyton Manning

List of 3200 or below QB's that won "something"

Russell Wilson

List of 3200 or below that made the playoffs:

Russell Wilson
RGIII (although that's unfair because he missed a game)
Christian Ponder

List of 3200 or below "Noted" QB's that won nothing:

Ben Rothlisberger
Jay Cutler
I'm convinced now.

Passing the ball down the field is stupid.
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Old 06-28-2013, 09:37 PM   #1422
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I'm convinced now.

Passing the ball down the field is stupid.
I'm not particularly fond of Dane's posting style, but he has repeatedly kicked your ass in this thread.
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I'm convinced now.

Passing the ball down the field is stupid.
Right, because that's exactly what those stats indicate.

More false narrative. The mod's should change your user name to Cherry Pickin' Hater.
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I'm not particularly fond of Dane's posting style, but he has repeatedly kicked your ass in this thread.
Aren't you on a plane yet, Mr. Ovitz?

We've got record heat this weekend so the beaches will be packed.

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Old 06-28-2013, 09:40 PM   #1425
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I'm not particularly fond of Dane's posting style, but he has repeatedly kicked your ass in this thread.
Yeah, whatever. He's just a dumb homer (which is a pity, he used to have a brain), and so are you.
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