It cannot get any worse for the Chiefs under center. They only managed to put up a tepid 169.6 passing yards per game, good for last in the league.
Matt Cassel threw for six touchdowns and 12 interceptions. He had a 66.7 passer rating and failed to throw a touchdown in five of his eight starts. His overall inefficiency caused the midseason switch to Brady Quinn, who didn’t do much better.
If anything, a change under center will reinvigorate a franchise desperately in need of a new start. Smith will serve as a fresh face under center who has proven he can be successful.
It guarantees that the fans won’t become impatient with the direction of the team and show signs of protest against the organization.
Also, the pick gives the Chiefs a lot of flexibility with the No. 1 overall pick. It was once assumed that the Chiefs would be forced to use the pick on Geno Smith, just like the Raiders were forced to draft JaMarcus Russell when Calvin Johnson was clearly the best player available.
Andy Reid is considered by many to be a quarterback guru, and he should be able to help sustain Smith’s success.
The Chiefs can either draft Geno Smith and give him time to be mentored by Alex Smith, or they can use the pick to fill one of their other needs on their roster.