The Case for Kenny Smith(s)

Steve SwearenginContributor IOctober 22, 2009

FOXBOROUGH, MA - 2009:  Kenny Smith of the New England Patriots poses for his 2009 NFL headshot at photo day in Foxborough, Massachusetts.  (Photo by NFL Photos)

Derrick Johnson, Larry Johnson, and I think even Magic Johnson were said to be on the Chiefs "chopping" block approaching the trade deadline.  As Oct. 20 came and went, the Chiefs were left with only one pre-deadline transaction. 

The Chiefs ended up trading Nose Tackle Tank Tyler to the Carolina Panthers for a fifth-round 2010 pick in the draft.  Yaaawwwnnnnnn.  Where were the fireworks, where was the Derrick Johnson trade or even a Larry Johnson blockbuster?  Yaaawwwwnn.

Then it happened, as if on-cue. The Chiefs' brass chose not to let the fans down, chose not to let the team down.  Instead they chose to make a move that would help the Chiefs, not next year but this year! 

Ladies and gentleman, we've got him...Kenny Smith everyone! 

Wait a minute...who?  The Kenny Smith who hasn't played in the NFL since 2003 or the "Gone fishin" Kenny "The Jet" Smith, NBA analyst on TNT?  Don't laugh, it's a legitimate question. 

When I first heard that the Chiefs added Kenny Smith, for a few minutes, the thought had crossed my mind.  Knowing how impatient Todd Haley can be with the progress of receivers, I began to entertain the idea of "The Jet" lining up opposite of Dwayne Bowe.  It could happen.  Why not?  Is it not plausible?  Could he be an improvement?

Let's look at the evidence.  Todd Haley has been openly unhappy with the play at Wide Receiver since training camp.  Hence, a revolving door of aging, past-their-prime, never-had-a-prime, injury prone, NFL cast-offs that have dressed (or are currently) in a Chiefs' uniform this season including: Bobby Engram, Ashley Lelie, Bobby Wade, Amani Toomer, and now rumored-to-be Joey Galloway. 

You have to ask yourself, is it that far-fetched to see Kenny "The Jet" Smith in a Chiefs' uniform?  I mean, his nickname is "The Jet" after all, that has to count for something, right?!  That thought of "The Jet" playing at WR may not be that crazy after all.  Crazier things have happened.

Is it anymore out-of-the-question than the Raiders taking Darrius Heyward-Bey at No. 7 in the draft?  Is it anymore crazy than Vinny Testaverde coming back to the NFL at 43-years old?  Is it anymore crazy than Al Davis?

Then I realized that the "Kenny Smith" that the Chiefs actually signed was going to fill the Nose Tackle position left open by the vacating Tank Tyler.  Immediately, I thought this makes sense, we need someone to fill this spot, there can't be that many NT's to work in a 3-4 defense on the market, this move seems to make sense.

However, after about an hour of online research trying to figure out exactly who in the heck is Kenny Smith and how the Chiefs even found this "gem?"  I had to ask myself did the Chiefs get the right guy?  Did we even get the right 'Kenny Smith'?  Which Kenny Smith could make more of a positive impact for the Chiefs?

Lets check the tale of the tape:



Kenny "The Jet" Smith: 6'3"

Kenny Smith: 6'4"

Advantage: The Chiefs' Kenny Smith



The Jet: 170 lbs

Kenny Smith: 303 lbs

Advantage: Kenny Smith



The Jet: 44 years old

Kenny Smith: 32 years old

Advantage: Kenny Smith



The Jet: University of North Carolina

Kenny Smith: Alabama

Advantage: Kenny Smith (Alabama much better football school)


Draft position

The Jet: First round (sixth overall)

Kenny Smith: Third round pick (19th pick)

Advantage: The Jet


Last game played

The Jet: 1997

Kenny Smith: 2003

Advantage: Push (No advantage here, the amount of rust on the body after that many years out of either of these leagues is equal.)


League Championships

The Jet: 2

Kenny Smith: 0

Advantage: The Jet


The Final Tally

Advantage: The Chiefs' Kenny Smith (3-2 with 1 'push')


According to my calculations, the Chiefs' added the right Kenny Smith to the team, but only by a nose.  

The "Kenny Smith" experiment could prove be another failed attempt by Pioli and crew, to fill another hole on the roster.  On the flip-side, the roster vacancy left by this unusual mid-season trade could have ushered in the coveted "3-4" NT that we've always been looking. 

Only time will tell.


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