I think we all know that Alex Smith is not going to come to Kansas City and start throwing the ball deep down the field. The hope for this guy is that he can be an efficient passer in the short game and also complete some balls in the intermediate area of the field to keep the defense honest.
So with that in mind, it's fair to take a look at his intermediate passing over the last two seasons. Unfortunately, I don't like what I found.
In comparing Alex Smith's best to Cassel's best, Cassel wins, easily.
Not only was Cassel throwing the ball more in the intermediate area, he was picking up more yards per completion, completing more passes per game, and avoiding turnovers better while hitting TDs at a higher rate.
Can Andy Reid make Alex Smith even better than Jim Harbaugh did? We have to hope so, because at the high point of his career, there's nothing to suggest Alex Smith is a better intermediate passer than Matt Cassel was in 2010, and he needs to be if we're going to look back on this trade with any kind of approval.
TLDR - 2010 Matt Cassel > Alex Smith.
Editor's note: I don't want 2010 Matt Cassel. I want a QB far better than that guy.