KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The book says the Alex Smith passing tree hits every direction along the compass, and with surgical precision, save for one fairly big one: North. An upgrade, he is. "The Mad Bomber," he ain't.
Statistically, Smith is the anti-Lamonica: accurate, smart, low-risk, right-of-Rush conservative, a pilot with an excellent safety record but pretty dull flight plans. Before his trade to the Kansas City Chiefs, the nicer San Francisco fans called him "efficient," the jerks called him "Checkdown Charlie," and ne'er the twain.
Smith currently ranks 25th among active quarterbacks in terms of yards per pass attempt in his career (6.6) and ranks 28th in yards per completion (11.1). With the bulk of his heavy preseason lifting done, the early numbers with the Chiefs certainly fall in line with the rest of the NFL dossier: 6 yards per attempt; 9.29 yards per completion.
In fact, among the 11 signal-callers who've attempted at least 47 throws this month, only young'uns Ryan M...