Kansas City Chiefs: How Alex Smith Changes 2013 Outlook

Dilan AmesCorrespondent IFebruary 27, 2013

Alex Smith acknowledges the fans
Alex Smith acknowledges the fansEzra Shaw/Getty Images

News broke late Wednesday morning that the San Francisco 49ers have agreed to trade Alex Smith to the Kansas City Chiefs (per ESPN).

The Chiefs were arguably the most desperate team for a quarterback, but not anymore. Smith not only fits into new head coach Andy Reid’s West Coast offense, but is also a talented player in this league. 

The Chiefs hold the first overall pick in this April’s draft, and general speculation had them drafting former West Virginia QB Geno Smith, but that has surely changed. 

Considering the questions surrounding this year’s quarterback class, Kansas City now has the flexibility to draft a passer in the later rounds to develop behind Smith before stepping into the spotlight. 

While the Chiefs were the most miserable team in football last season, the large part of the blame can be put on the quarterback position; Matt Cassel and Brady Quinn certainly left much to be desired. Both passers looked like a fish out of water when in the game, and they were just a mess. 

Enter Alex Smith. Smith threw for over 3,000 yards in 2011 and led the Niners to an NFC Championship. Before he was benched in favor of the upstart Colin Kaepernick this past season, he was having another solid year as he threw for 1,737 yards and 13 touchdowns in just 10 games. 

He is a seasoned veteran that is joining an already talented roster. Kansas City has several stars on the offensive and defensive side of the ball. Impending free agent WR Dwayne Bowe, who has played his entire career with the Chiefs, may decide that he would like to return to the team now that there is a new regime in place. 

Even if Bowe does decide to leave, the Chiefs have a lot of young talent on the offensive side of the ball. From the speedy Dexter McCluster to All-Pro running back Jamaal Charles, the Chief’s certainly have all the pieces in place to be explosive. 

Instead of being forced to take a quarterback with the first overall pick, they now have the option to take the best player available. Many people have mocked former Texas A&M tackle Luke Joeckel to go first overall, and now that pick makes more sense than ever. 

The Chiefs were a playoff team a few years ago with Cassel at the helm, and could very well make a playoff push next year now that they have Smith. 

If you recall, the last time the 49ers traded a quarterback to the Chiefs, it worked out pretty well. Joe Montana only played two seasons in Kansas City, but threw for over 5,000 yards and led them to two playoff appearances. 

While Smith is surely no Montana, he could definitely yield the same results. In a division that is pretty weak outside of the Denver Broncos, the Chiefs will have a good opportunity to make the playoffs in 2013.