Rotoworld ranked the best quarterback situations in the NFL, taking into consideration age and injury history. 32-year old Alex Smith and the Kansas City Chiefs quarterback situation rank 20th in the league.
Even with the career year, Smith is not how you would draw up a franchise quarterback. Rare in the history of sport has a player been more risk averse. But with just 24 turnovers in three years in Kansas City, Smith’s conservatism is at least producing the desired result. Could a team stomach 10 years of Smith’s brand of football? Probably not. Will the Chiefs roll him out for another two or three? Almost certainly. The game doesn’t have to be beautiful when you manage it as carefully as Smith does.
First reaction is that 20th seems way too low. Of course it does. Alex Smith is better than the 20th best quarterback in the league. However, this ranking is focusing on the next 3-5 years so they're taking a risk that quarterbacks like Derek Carr, who are ranked higher than Alex Smith, will continue to develop.
Some of the quarterbacks right in front of Alex are Kirk Cousins, Marcus Mariota, Blake Bortles, Ryan Tannehill, Joe Flacco and Andy Dalton. Outside of Flacco, Alex is more accomplished than all of them. Moving forward? Alex is 32 years old. John Dorsey recently suggested he could play as long as 37 years old ... assuming he's not injured.
I'm not how much the backup quarterbacks factored into this. The Chiefs have a number of young quarterbacks - Tyler Bray, Aaron Murray, Kevin Hogan - but they're all in that same unknown category with no regular season reps.