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Old 06-05-2013, 07:26 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 06-30-2013, 05:43 PM   #1786
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You are one clueless dumbass.

I know what Alex Smith is.

Your Smith slurpage isn't going to sway my opinion, and those with blind hate are not going to sway it.

The people who already hate him are being given more reasons because you come here to regale us with the glory of his cock in your mouth.
well, its clear. Milkman is on his period. Someone give this guy some midol, and tampax, because clearly, he is bleeding badly.

Its okay sally sensitive. It will be okay.
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Old 06-30-2013, 05:51 PM   #1787
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well, its clear. Milkman is on his period. Someone give this guy some midol, and tampax, because clearly, he is bleeding badly.

Its okay sally sensitive. It will be okay.
You and Mac both like the niners and browns.
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Old 06-30-2013, 05:55 PM   #1788
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ahhh, okay, now I get it. You refuse to be wrong twice, so you figure hating alex smith from the get go, protects you from looking like a total douche twice. I can relate to that.
No. I have made an objective analysis of Alex Smith as best I can. I base my opinion on the fact he doesn't throw the ball down the field, takes a lot of sacks, and doesn't put up a lot of points.

Do not want.

He's just another colossal waste of time at the QB position.
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Old 06-30-2013, 06:21 PM   #1789
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what? I don't care about the Browns at all.
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Never met the dude, and I don't go that way anyway. You sure have lots of homosexuality in your mind though. Sounds like you are trying to repress your own gayness for Smith. Either way, it's a childish and impotent attempt on your part. Try and elevate your social skills above this tiresome drivel. You are not gonna manage to hurt anyone's feelings with this kind of dialogue. Grow up.
I don't do subtle insults like you do.

I think you're a useless prick.

My tiresome dfrivel is far honest than your passive agrressive bullshit.
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Old 06-30-2013, 10:29 PM   #1791
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If being considered an asshole means never apologizing for shitty QB's picked by the shitty FO's of this franchise; so be it.


So Dorsey, is already a shitty front office huh?
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You mean mac, the guy who has NINERS AND CHIEFS in his user name? Hes a BROWNS FAN TOO?

Not likely, but great job at trying to stir that bullshit again. No dice though.
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I don't do subtle insults like you do.

I think you're a useless prick.
My tiresome dfrivel is far honest than your passive agrressive bullshit.
I bet you think that Mac thinks you are plenty useful lol
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Old 07-01-2013, 04:37 AM   #1798
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If being considered an asshole means never apologizing for shitty QB's picked by the shitty FO's of this franchise; so be it.


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Old 07-01-2013, 07:03 AM   #1799
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are you going to ask a 30 year old injury prone QB to do something he's never done in his 8 seasons in the NFL?
So you are saying they wont expect him to throw it 35 times a game?
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If being considered an asshole means never apologizing for shitty QB's picked by the shitty FO's of this franchise; so be it.


I dont know that being an asshole is the worst thing, being an asshole that as an IQ of about 3 is really bad though.
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