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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, 08:04 PM   #1021
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Old 06-27-2013, 08:05 PM   #1022
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False as in "real facts."

Most sacked QB in the NFL.

Glad he's ours.
Yeah, because you're so impartial.

The guy hasn't played a single down yet your 230th screen name is Alex Smith HATER.
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Old 06-27-2013, 08:05 PM   #1023
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Well yeah of course he gets sacked. Anytime he was pressured, his coach demanded he take a sack.

Sounds like his OL put him in positions to take a sack quite a bit.
no his progression reads are ****ing slow because hes always gun shy to fit it in a tight window to WR1. So its either to the TE or check down and he cant get there quick enough
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Old 06-27-2013, 08:06 PM   #1024
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no his progression reads are ****ing slow because hes always gun shy to fit it in a tight window to WR1. So its either to the TE or check down and he cant get there quick enough
Who were his receivers in 2011 and 2012?
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Yeah, because you're so impartial.
Most sacks on a per snap basis is pretty cut and dry.

No bias whatsoever.

Watch him play, too. Downright Casselian in his ability to respond to pressure. Pants shat all over the place.
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Who were his receivers in 2011 and 2012?
and who is his WRs going to be on the Chiefs? Bowe and then nobody.

at least he had a top TE on the 49ers. Who is he throwing to on this team at TE? Anthony Fasano? Brokedick Moeaki? I laugh just thinking about these "weapons" on the Chiefs.
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Most sacks on a per snap basis is pretty cut and dry.

No bias whatsoever.

Watch him play, too. Downright Casselian in his ability to respond to pressure. Pants shat all over the place.
Right.

That's why he was an overtime loss away from the Super Bowl and had the best QBR in the league last year. Because he's Matt Cassel.

How can you type this nonsens with a straight face?
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and who is his WRs going to be on the Chiefs? Bowe and then nobody.

at least he had a top TE on the 49ers. Who is he throwing to on this team at TE? Anthony Fasano? Brokedick Moeaki? I laugh just thinking about these "weapons" on the Chiefs.
You failed to answer my question.
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Yeah taking sacks is the end of the world.
Doesn't fit my false narrative/GoChiefs
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Yeah, because you're so impartial.

The guy hasn't played a single down yet your 230th screen name is Alex Smith HATER.
What's wrong with not liking a move "before he has even played a down in KC" all of a sudden?

Trading For Cassel was a bad move as was drafting Tyson Jackson.

Some of US (including YOU) thought we knew that before either had played a down for us.

And we were right.
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Well yeah of course he gets sacked. Anytime he was pressured, his coach demanded he take a sack.

Sounds like his OL put him in positions to take a sack quite a bit.
Or his coaches recognized the flaw in Alexs game and worked around it...choosing the lesser of two evils.

What does that say about a quarterback when his coaches would rather see him take a sack rather than throw the ball past 20 yards?
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Old 06-27-2013, 08:33 PM   #1034
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What's wrong with not liking a move "before he has even played a down in KC" all of a sudden?

Trading For Cassel was a bad move as was drafting Tyson Jackson.

Some of US (including YOU) thought we knew that before either had played a down for us.

And we were right.
There's nothing wrong at all with disliking the trade.

But GoChiefs has created a false narrative about Alex Smith and pushed his agenda for months on end.

He makes general statements are disproven as relative constantly, such as taking sacks just one reason why he's "bad", yet when it's pointed out that Rodgers took more, he's silent.

When discussing his QBR, he's silent. When discussing his completion percentage, he's silent. When discussing the overtime NFC Championship, the only reason they were there according to him, was defense. On and on and on.

It's intellectually dishonest and a false narrative.
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Yeah taking sacks is the end of the world.
Let me know when Alex Smith throws for 4300 yards and 39 touchdowns.

So far, the only comparable aspect is their amount of sacks taken.
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