ST. LOUIS - JANUARY 3: Alex Smith #11 of the San Francisco 49ers listens on the sidelines during the game against the St. Louis Rams at the Edward Jones Dome on January 3, 2010 in St. Louis, Missouri. The 49ers beat the Rams 28-6. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
Alex Smith is who we thought he was! It sounds like a line from Dennis Green after a Cardinals loss. Instead, it's closer to a line from Kansas City Chiefs quarterback coach, Matt Nagy.
Nagy told the Adam Teicher of the Kansas City Star, "He's been everything that we thought he was. He's a true professional. He's in his (playbook) every day. He's always asking questions, trying to get better. He's being a leader for the other (quarterbacks) as well."
It wasn't hard to predict that Alex Smith would be a true professional making the move from San Francisco to Kansas City. To go through everything that Smith endured throughout his career and to be still kicking at this stage. Only a professional would be able to have a job as solid as Smith's current position.
Offensive coordinator Doug Pederson has been impressed with Smith as well.
"He's comfortable with what we're doing," Pederson said. "He's understanding the terminology, and he's orchestrating that at the line of scrimmage. We're really pleased with where he's at right now."
The Chiefs won't be a great team this season, especially since they have to deal with the Denver Broncos twice per year, but they'll be considerably better than last season simply because they have a solution at the quarterback position. Alex Smith's veteran leadership should keep the young players in check, and Andy Reid should be able to build a contender in a matter of two or three seasons.