(Note: I desperately want KC to draft a QB)
I have been debating the pros and cons of trading for Alex Smith. As a Chief fan, I mentally exhaust all the possibilities for the Chiefs (as if Andy Reid and Co aren't) as I am sure all of you are. Here are some of my thoughts about some potential free agent QB's the Chiefs could sign or some QB's the Chiefs could trade for (I will mainly be dissecting Alex Smith).
I have somewhat grown comfortable with the idea of bringing in Smith while drafting a QB. What I like about Smith the most is that he doesn't turn the ball over. In 26 starts with Jim Harbaugh as head coach, he only threw 10 INT's compared to 30 TD's. He basically just takes what the defense gives him and doesn't really force anything. With a good offensive line and a good run game, he can periodically take shots down the field.
This is where my problem with him starts: if he had kept his current pace for the season and had not been replaced, he wouldn't have broken 3,000 yards passing. He was only averaging 173.7 yards per game. Also, since he was drafted in 2005, he has yet to break the 20 touchdown mark in a season.
The problem is that we have been in this situation for several years now. It worked in 2010 but hasn't been effective since. The situation I am referring to is "let's just try to run it and take what the defense gives us in the passing game." Jamaal Charles had a great season this year but we still only won two games. We cannot run our way to a championship. Obviously Cassel and Quinn put the team in a lot of bad situations by turning it over all the time. So maybe, just maybe if Alex Smith doesn't turn it over like they do, we can return to the former glory that was the 2010 season (sarcasm font).
It's hard to imagine Andy Reid getting even more out of Alex Smith than Jim Harbaugh could. Think about it: If Jim Harbaugh could have gotten more out of Alex Smith, he never would have gone with Kaepernick. What we see out of Alex Smith is his ceiling but the optimist in me thinks he might do better in the West Coast Offense, which is what Andy Reid will be running. It is hard to believe Alex Smith can make the Chiefs a dynamic team but he would still be a huge upgrade over Cassel/Quinn.
A Few Other Potential QB's
Michael Vick - Nah
Matt Flynn - Seriously intriguing to me. He looked really good in his two Packers starts. Some might say that Cassel looked good in his Patriots starts but he didn't. He looked efficient. Matt Flynn actually looked good and he would do well in the WCO.
Matt Hasselbeck - Would be a good mentor to a young QB and knows the WCO well. Age is a factor though.
What do you think? Are there any other potential veteran QB's you would be ok with in KC?