But Wait! Dorsey and Reid compounded the gamble by signing Chase Daniels to back up Alex Smith! If the Chiefs had been patient, and elected to draft the best QB available at pick 65 (their third round pick), the fan base would have grudgingly accepted the QB situation. Yeah, we gave the Niner’s a bounty for Alex Smith, but at least we would have had a young guy to coach up for the future. Again, Dorsey and Reid took the more risky of the two options (assuming that we don’t draft a QB in Rd. 3 regardless of the fact that we already have two). As things stand now, the Chiefs’ brain trust’s job security rests on whether on not Alex is the best Smith QBing an NFL franchise for the next two or three years (and better than Barkley, too). If he isn’t, the fan base will get very ugly very quickly.
Can Alex S. do it? Is he the second coming of Joe Montana? Obviously, it is possible, but Bowe needs to take that final step up, and become one of the top WR’s in the AFC (and earn those big $ in his new contract). At least one other receiver (outside, slot, TE or back-out-of-the-backfield) has to step their production up. The OL needs to get in the act, keeping Alex S.’s jersey clean. The D needs to get more consistency. Last season, we held the Ravens to 9 points, but couldn’t do much against several weaker opponents. Finally, we need a good running game to keep the heat off Alex S. Will that happen? History would suggest not. Reid has, to this point in time, been a pass-first kind of a guy. Can he change his M.O.? He’d better; Alex S. just isn’t a QB who will take the entire team on his back and carry them into the play-offs. He’s going to need help.
Am I being hyper-critical of the KC braintrust? No, I’m merely pointing out that Dorsey and Reid have rolled the dice, and chosen to take the riskier path to returning the Chiefs to the play-offs. That’s fine if they are willing live with the risks, but I know that I’m glad they are in charge of the Chiefs, and VERY GLAD that they’re NOT in charge of my financial portfolio.