A review of the Kansas City Chiefs quarterbacks during the 2015 NFL preseason schedule. Here's what we saw...
Alex Smith: 33-of-46 (71.7 percent), 294 yards, 3 TDs, 2 INTs, 92.1 rating
Alex got better with each game of the preseason. We went through the usual "Oh man, the Chiefs offense looks really bad!" freak outs early on in the preseason and then Alex looked so good in the third preseason game when he completed 16-of-18 passes and threw a couple of touchdowns. The interceptions are a little out of whack compared to his regular season but the others are pretty close. He probably won't complete 71 percent of his passes though.
I feel comfortable with Alex heading into the season. We know who he is at this point where the Chiefs are going to be competitive in most games. This preseason showed who he is.
Chase Daniel: 41-of-53 (77.4 percent), 388 yards, 5 TDs, 1 INT, 120.6 rating
This was a really strong preseason for Chase Daniel. He was decisive. He seemed willing to take calculated risks in his throws. He had a full yard more per attempt (7.4) than Alex Smith (6.4) and Aaron Murray (6.4). He was accurate and consistent in completing more than 80 percent of his passes in two of three games he played. He was good in every game this preseason.
This preseason was big for Daniel because he's entering a contract year. Assuming the Chiefs don't trade him this preseason (I think it's too late for that), Chase is going to be looking for a starting gig someplace next season. And he's deserved that opportunity.
Aaron Murray: 26-of-36 (72.2 percent), 232 yards, 3 TDs, 1 iNT, 105.3 rating
Looks a lot like Alex Smith, no? This was a big preseason for him as well because he could be competing for the Chiefs No. 2 job, which means he would be one hit away from playing in a real game for the Chiefs. Is he ready? There are signs that he can handle managing an offense. By next season with another year in the offense I am going to be feeling a lot better about his role.
Total: 100-of-135 (74 percent), 914 yards, 11 TDs, 4 INTs
It really hits you when you total them all up: 74 percent completion. Damn, that's impressive! For some context, the NFL record in real games is 71.2 percent by Drew Brees. Extrapolate these over 16 games and you're looking at 3,600 yards passing, 44 TDs (!!!) and 16 INTs. OK, maybe 44 is sliiiightly higher than what I expect from the Chiefs this year but still fun to see. Alex Smith was sacked twice while Chase Daniel and Aaron Murray were sacked just once each.