Alex Smith As Described By Chiefs Coaches from The Mothership
During his introductory press conference, Smith said he wasn't able to describe his excitement about joining his new football family.
We've heard what a lot of Smith's teammates think about his benefit to the team and recently, Chiefs offensive coordinator Doug Pederson shared his thoughts on Smith's progress during the last few months.
Despite a 2-14 record in 2012, the Chiefs continue to build buzz as a potential AFC playoff contender in the upcoming season. A lot of that goes back to Smith, who adds stability to the most important position on the field.
Offensive coordinator Doug Pederson similarly is pleased, explaining that Smith has grasped the team's terminology and is proving that by how he runs the offense at the line of scrimmage.
Traditionally, teams have used premium picks on left tackles because of their athleticism and their blindside protection of quarterbacks. Right tackles were considered less important and less athletic. Those road-grading days may be over. Teams are burying the old thinking about right tackles and adjusting as the game becomes faster and more athletic.
"The line between left and right tackle is more blurry than it ever has been," ESPN analyst Matt Williamson said. "You don't have to have a big, fat masher on the right side anymore. The league is changing. ... So I totally understand the pick of Fisher and the plan to keep Albert and put Fisher on the right side. The league is going that way."