When it comes to quality quarterbacking in the NFL, too much is never enough.
Unless you're the Kansas City Chiefs, in which case, over the past two years, you've hoarded them like a doomsday-prepping lover of pigskin.
Above all else, Andy Reid is two things: (1) a calorie connoisseur, and (2) the inspiration for a Beatles song the coach who flips passing projects for assets like a quarterback-whispering Mr. Miyagi.
Normally, a team inches toward the preseason with a foursome of signal-calling field generals. And normally, the career trajectory for at least one those four will arc toward a one-way runway—"destination" didn't rhyme—in a subordinate league whose attendance stems from frugal (see: cheap) fathers.
That's not the case in Kansas City.
Last year, Alex Smith's season began and ended with firsts—one being his Chiefs debut and the other a Pro Bowl nod. Some ticket holders see him as an efficient offensive operator with an underrated skill set. Others view him as a stopgap solution and a bump in the road to success.
At the end of the day, the talking points shouted across fences are ultimately moot. If you're a Chiefs fan, he's ultimately your quarterback for the foreseeable future.
Andy Reid told NFL Network this morning that he’s optimistic an extension will get done with Smith before the season. Smith agreed.— Terez A. Paylor (@TerezPaylor) May 27, 2014
That much is clear.
Talked about Alex Smith negotiations on Total Access Tues: Sides still far apart with no progress. It’s why Chiefs debated drafting QB early— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) May 28, 2014
OK, fairly clear.
OK, it's a Seattle forecast.
As for Smith's cohorts?
When preseason rounds the corner, Chase Daniel, Tyler Bray and Aaron Murray will engage in a three-way battle royal for the backup positions.