When assessing the Kansas City Chiefs' acquisition of Alex Smith, let's start with what he is not:
He's not an aging and injured Joe Montana. Smith is not a stiff and mediocre Steve Bono. Smith shouldn't be compared to an unproven Elvis Grbac or an unworthy Matt Cassel. Let's don't even analogize Smith to Trent Green, who was 31 years old when he arrived in KC and strung together five mostly successful seasons.
Alex Smith is quite different from the usual parade of retreads brought to my adopted hometown to make Chiefs fans forget Len Dawson.
Unlike Montana (3rd round), Bono (6th), Grbac (8th), Green (8th) and Cassel (7th), Smith is a former No. 1 overall pick, a blue-chipper, coming to Kansas City in the absolute prime of his career. In his last 28 games, including the playoffs, Smith has thrown 35 touchdown passes and just five interceptions, come within two Kyle Williams turnovers of a Super Bowl appearance and completed an astonishing 70.2 percent of his passes in the 2012 re...