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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 06-29-2013, 12:52 PM   #1621
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He's going to be a good quarterback. I'm sure of it.

Wait and see.
Please explain his failures, in detail, in the K-State game and Texas game.

Thanks in advance. I look forward to your biting and expert responses.
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Old 06-29-2013, 12:52 PM   #1622
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While this may be true, we've seen legit talent from Cam.
As we have seen from Geno. Sick ****ing arm, accuracy and mobility.
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Old 06-29-2013, 12:53 PM   #1623
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Please explain his failures, in detail, in the K-State game and Texas game.

Thanks in advance. I look forward to your biting and expert responses.
Scads of touchdowns and yards. Bite me.

PS - THEY BEAT TEXAS. 48 ****ing points from GENO.
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Old 06-29-2013, 12:56 PM   #1624
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As we have seen from Geno. Sick ****ing arm, accuracy and mobility.
Not nearly as sick as you think.

I liked him.

The fact that the entire league passed on him in the 1st, opened my eyes.
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Old 06-29-2013, 12:58 PM   #1625
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That's honestly meaningless.

Colin Kaepernick went in the 2nd.

Suppose he wasn't worth a 1st?
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Old 06-29-2013, 12:58 PM   #1626
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As we have seen from Geno. Sick ****ing arm, accuracy and mobility.
If he was so sick, why did he fall to #39? Why was E.J. Manuel chosen long before him?
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Old 06-29-2013, 01:00 PM   #1627
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Scads of touchdowns and yards. Bite me.

PS - THEY BEAT TEXAS. 48 ****ing points from GENO.
****ing Landry Jones put up 63 vs Texas.
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Old 06-29-2013, 01:00 PM   #1628
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If he was so sick, why did he fall to #39? Why was E.J. Manuel chosen long before him?
As I said: post-RGIII/Luck draft climate.

Geno would have gone early in the 1st the year before those two.
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****ing Landry Jones put up 63 vs Texas.
I was just pointing out that Dane was wrong. Again.
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That's honestly meaningless.

Colin Kaepernick went in the 2nd.

Suppose he wasn't worth a 1st?
So, you're telling us that Geno Smith and Colin Kaepernick had the same exact questions about them coming into the draft, which is why they both fell to the second round?

That's your logic for why Geno fell? Colin Kaepernick did, too?



You need to work on your defense but this makes you look, well, dumb.
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Old 06-29-2013, 01:04 PM   #1631
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No, that's not what I said at all.

They went in the 2nd for different reasons.

The only thing you should take from my post is this: going in the 2nd round doesn't mean a QB can't be ****ing awesome.

Colin is awesome, and Geno will be too.
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As I said: post-RGIII/Luck draft climate.

Geno would have gone early in the 1st the year before those two.
If Geno Smith had come out in 2011, he'd have been a 4th round pick.

See, I can speculate as well and guess what? Who was RIGHT about how the NFL viewed him and who was WRONG?

It's funny: All of you Genobaters have taken a different tactic. SNR retreated and hasn't admitted he was wrong, but doesn't get caught up in the conversation. PGM hasn't said a word about him, as far I can tell and BossChief has been very quiet as well. I haven't seen Milkman mention him but Milk was never a spammer or an asshole, so he really doesn't count.

But you and your parasite, SDH, have taken the opposite road: Keep the pimping him like nothing happened!

1. He didn't fall to the second round and if he did, he's STILL a first rounder!

2. He didn't act like a mopey, whiny crybaby at the draft in front of the entire world? Nah, man, wouldn't you be disappointed, too?

3. He didn't fire his agents! He just wanted to get close to Beyonce!
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Old 06-29-2013, 01:08 PM   #1633
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No, that's not what I said at all.

They went in the 2nd for different reasons.

The only thing you should take from my post is this: going in the 2nd round doesn't mean a QB can't be ****ing awesome.

Colin is awesome, and Geno will be too.
And going in the 6th round doesn't mean you can't be awesome, either.
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If Geno Smith had come out in 2011, he'd have been a 4th round pick.
He'd have gone before Christian Ponder.

Vastly superior prospect.
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Old 06-29-2013, 01:09 PM   #1635
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And going in the 6th round doesn't mean you can't be awesome, either.
Well, Dave seems to think that Geno going in the 2nd means he sucks.

Couldn't be further from the truth.

He's going to be the black Aaron Rodgers.
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