Let's start with this: I agree with Reid and Dorsey trading for Alex Smith. Whether or not you think Smith going to be "Cassel 2.0", it is obvious Reid and Dorsey think he is a significant upgrade. Am I thrilled about the price? Absolutely not. I would have been much happier if it had been a second and a fourth or two thirds. But the price they paid makes it clear they see him as someone they can win with, not just a one-year stopgap. So please bear that in mind when answering and responding to this question.
The question is simple, and please don't go off on Geno Smith or Elvis Grbac or how Reid and Dorsey are wrong or lament the Chiefs not drafting a first round QB since Washington crossed the Delaware (true story). There are other posts for those types of comments. Here's my question:
What level of success does Alex Smith have to have in KC to make you consider the trade a success?
Is it throwing for 4,500 yards? Is it winning the AFC West? AFC Champions? Super Bowl Champions? Will you hate the trade no matter what? What do Smith and Reid have to do this year and next year to make you admit, "you know, I was wrong about that trade"? From the comments from those opposed to the trade I have been reading, I get the impression that unless Smith wins the Super Bowl in his first year he won't win over many fans.
And I'm not saying Smith will for sure lead the Chiefs to the Promised Land. I'm just wondering what it will take to win over the skeptics.