QB Alex Smith - Kansas City Chiefs
|6-4, 212||Born: 5-7-1984||College: Utah||Drafted: Round 1, pick 1|
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2016 Week 19 vs PIT (20 / 34 / 172 / 1 / 1 pass, 2 / 9 / 0 rush)
Alex Smith ended an up and down season by completing 20 of 34 passes for 172 yards with one touchdown and one interception. Smith was also kept in check on the ground, rushing twice for 19 yards. Despite the Chiefs offense scoring the only two touchdowns in the game, the Steelers secondary was able to keep Smith to short gains, which ultimately was the difference in the game. Smith's long completion of the game was a 24 yard pass to Travis Kelce. The Chiefs inability to create big plays on offense was the story of their season, and despite the emergence of Tyreke Hill, they will have to go out and find more playmakers this offseason to support a defense that did not let up a touchdown in a heartbreaking playoff loss.
2016 Week 17 vs SD (21 / 28 / 264 / 2 / 1 pass, 6 / 21 / 1 rush)
Despite the Chiefs already clinching a playoff berth, Sunday's game against the Chargers was very important because it gave Kansas City the opportunity to secure home field advantage. Alex Smith made sure the Chiefs took care of business against an overmatched Chargers team, completing 21 of 28 passes for 264 yards and two touchdowns, while also adding 21 yards and a touchdown on the ground. In many ways, Smith's performance was a microcosm of his season, and his career to a certain degree. Smith plays the role of facilitator very well, and as his career has progressed, he has gotten better at understanding his limitations while sharpening his timing and accuracy. Smith took what the San Diego defense gave him, and that was a lot of underneath passes to Charcandrick West, Jeremy Maclin and Tyreek Hill. Smith was also able to get outside the pocket and pick up yards with his legs, and most recently, he has been assertive in the red zone and calling his own number. On first and five from the San Diego five yard line, Smith ran a play-action bootleg before sweeping out to the left side and running in for a five yard score. Kansas City may not have a potent downfield passing game, but they are able to confuse defenses with a vast array of play action fakes, Wildcat formations and option runs that have allowed them to break off big chunk plays and move the ball in ways that they were not able to do earlier in the year.
2016 Week 16 vs DEN (25 / 36 / 244 / 1 / 1 pass, 4 / 46 / 1 rush)
Alex Smith bounced back after a weak performance last week, completing 25 of 36 passes for 244 yards and one touchdown with one interception. Smith was also very effective rushing the ball, gaining 46 yards and a touchdown on four carries. Smith was sharp against the Broncos, and he keyed in on Travis Kelce from the very beginning, eventually completing 11 passes to his ultra-athletic tight end. Smith did a very good job of clearing out coverage to one side of the field, while finding Kelce with quick, accurate strikes that allowed him to gain yards after the catch nearly every time he touched the ball. One such play happened on a second and six from the Chiefs 20 yard line. Kelce lined up on the right side of the formation, and after taking the snap and dropping back, Smith hit Kelce on a perfectly timed slant that was out in front of his receiver. Kelce did the rest from there, lumbering 80 yards for a touchdown after displaying impressive speed and some nifty moves for a big guy in the open field. The Chiefs had the Broncos off balance from the start of this game, running both Tyreek Hill and Spencer Ware out of the Wildcat formation, which allowed Smith to pick the normally stingy Broncos secondary apart.
2016 Week 15 vs TEN (15 / 28 / 163 / 0 / 1 pass, 4 / 11 / 1 rush)
Alex Smith completed 15 of 28 passes for 163 yards with no touchdowns and one interception. Smith managed to salvage his day from a fantasy perspective by rushing four times for 11 yards and a touchdown. The return of Jeremy Maclin did little to boost a struggling Chiefs offense, and Alex Smith seemed to revert back to the first half of the season where he was unable to move the ball down the field. He did target Maclin on a deep go-route where Smith underthrew the ball, but Maclin was able to cut the route off and make a very nice catch. The Titans defensive front put constant pressure on Smith, and he did not handle it well, looking flustered for much of the game. Smith was uncharacteristically inaccurate, missing wide open receivers. None more so than Travis Kelce, on a third and ten where Kelce had two steps on his defender and Smith woefully underthrew the ball, and was lucky it was not intercepted.
2016 Week 14 vs OAK (17 / 26 / 264 / 1 / 1 pass, 4 / 3 / 0 rush)
Alex Smith completed 17 of 26 passes for 264 yards and a touchdown with one interception. His 15.5 yards per completion was one of the highest totals he's had all season, and in many ways showcased how the Chiefs offense has evolved since the start of the season. We have covered the Chiefs lack of explosiveness ad-nauseum in this column, but we have to give credit where it is due. Smith has been able to put Tyreke Hill and Travis Kelce in position to do what they do best, and that is create yards after the catch which has transformed the Chiefs into a Super Bowl contender. A great example of this came in the second quarter on third and six from the Chiefs twenty yard line. Smith took the snap out of the shotgun formation and after a three step drop hit Kelce coming across the middle. The play was a classic clear out, but it was made possible by Smith's accuracy and Kelce's run after the catch ability. Smith hit his tight end in perfect stride about eight yards from the line of scrimmage, and Kelce did the rest, gaining 28 yards and a first down. With the Chiefs running game stalling, Smith has taken more shots down the field and it is starting to pay off. On second and ten from the Oakland 36 yard line, Smith took a four step drop and then after stepping up in the pocket and winding himself up, hit Tyreek Hill on a deep slant that went down as a 36 yard touchdown. The throw was perfect, hitting Hill in stride and getting up over two defenders who were converging on Hill. While Smith lacks the ability to throw the deep ball, he proved on that play that he can deliver the ball on a rope in the intermediate passing game.
2016 Week 13 vs ATL (21 / 25 / 270 / 1 / 0 pass, 3 / -3 / 0 rush)
Alex Smith completed 21 of 25 passes for 270 yards and a touchdown, marking one of the more efficient days he's had in a very efficient career. Smith deserves credit for taking shots down the field, something he had been reluctant to do for the better part of this season. Smith completed passes of 21, 35, 27, 21 and 25 yards, four of which went to Travis Kelce, while the other went to Tyreke Hill. The Chiefs had a solid game plan against the Falcons, as they ran quite a few play action fakes and fake reverses to catch the Falcons secondary out of position. Smith made some great throws down the field to Travis Kelce, and to Kelce's credit, he made several tough catches and was excellent gaining yards after the catch. One of Smith's best throws of the day came in the first quarter on first and ten from the Falcons 40 yard line. Operating out of the shotgun, Smith took a three step drop and looked off the entire Falcons secondary to the left. He then turned back to his right and hit Travis Kelce on a wheel route thirty yards down the field. Smith led Kelce perfectly and the athletic tight end made the catch and nearly scored a touchdown before being called out of bounds at the Falcons one yard line. That play set up a Spencer Ware touchdown run which tied the game at 7-7. Smith showed some nice zip on his passes, one of which he hit Albert Wilson in stride on a crossing route that went for a 21 yard gain. It was by far Smith's best passing day from an efficiency standpoint, and he did his part in a tough road win for the Chiefs.
2016 Week 12 vs DEN (26 / 44 / 220 / 1 / 0 pass, 2 / 2 / 0 rush)
Alex Smith completed 26 of 44 passes for 220 yards and one touchdown with no interceptions. Smith did just enough to lead the Chiefs to victory, but once again, he was unable to create any plays down the field. If not for the brilliant play of Tyreek Hill, who was able to slice through the Denver secondary by gaining yards after the catch, the Chiefs would not have been able to put up enough points to beat the Broncos. Smith's longest pass of the game went for 21 yards, and it came on a tight end screen to Travis Kelce, who patiently allowed his blockers to seal a hole for him before bursting up the sideline. While Smith was not able to generate any chunk plays, he did do a good job of setting up his receivers with well-placed passes that allowed them to generate yards after the catch. A great example of this came on a shallow slant to Tyreek Hill. Hill was lined up on left side of the formation, and after using a quick fake to the outside he cut off his route toward the middle of the field. Smith threw a pass where only Hill could catch it, and led him up the field which allowed Hill to make another move and gain 11 yards and a first down. Smith is not going to put up gaudy stats, but if he can get the kind of help that he got from Hill and Kelce on Sunday night, the Chiefs could make for a very interesting team come playoff time.
2016 Week 11 vs TB (24 / 31 / 261 / 1 / 1 pass, 2 / 10 / 1 rush)
Alex Smith was his usual efficient self, completing 77% of his passes (24 of 31 yards) for 261 yards and a touchdown, while also throwing one interception. Additionally, Smith ran twice for 10 yards and a touchdown. With Jameis Winston picking apart the Kansas City secondary, the Chiefs offense had the difficult task of scoring while being severely beaten in the time of possession game. Alex Smith moved the ball rather well, but they were unable to generate more than 14 points. Smith's lone touchdown pass came on a clear out route for Albert Wilson from the five yard line. Smith waited the requisite amount of time and threw a dart to the left side of the end zone where Wilson secured the easy touchdown. Smith's touchdown run showed of his ability as a runner and his understanding of how to manipulate the pocket. Smith waited for pressure to surround him and leave a gap up the middle, waiting until the last possible second before rushing up the middle untouched for a touchdown. Smith was able to get the ball down the field once to Tyreke Hill, completing a 42 yard pass. It was the type of play that made you wonder why they don't try it more often, because this was certainly a day where the Chiefs lost because they were unable to put up sufficient points to back up their defense.
2016 Week 10 vs CAR (25 / 38 / 178 / 0 / 1 pass, 4 / 13 / 0 rush)
Smith made his return after a one game absence, and while he completed 65% of his passes (25 of 38 for 178 yards), he failed to lead the Chiefs offense to a touchdown all game. In many ways this game was a microcosm of the Chiefs season, as the offense did just enough to allow Cairo Santos to convert four field goals, but they lacked explosiveness and ultimately barely hung to win against an inferior opponent. Without Jeremy Maclin, Smith looked to rookie wide receiver Tyreek Hill 14 times on the day, completing ten of those passes for 89 yards. Smith's longest pass of the day went for 27 yards to Hill, who did most of the work after the catch. Smith worked the sidelines and middle of the field, but was unable to complete any of his four passes over 20 yards. He dinked and dunked the Carolina defense to death, and it ended up being enough, but barely. Moving forward, Smith will have to find a way to create passes down the field if the Chiefs want to advance deep in the playoffs.
2016 Week 8 vs IND (9 / 19 / 127 / 1 / 0 pass, 2 / 9 / 0 rush)
Smith was off to a good start against the Colts, completing 9 of 19 passes for 117 yards and a touchdown before a second concussion put him out of commission for good on Sunday. It was especially unnerving to see Smith get hurt because on both plays where he was concussed, he was sliding to the ground and looked to be hit late on both plays by the Colts defense. He was especially sharp early when looking Travis Kelce's way, completing passes of 19 and 21 yards to his tight end on the first two drives. Smith and Kelce worked the middle of the field very well, opening up the outside for the Chiefs receivers later in the game. Smith found Jeremy Maclin for a touchdown on a clever pump fake fade where Maclin took advantage of overaggressive coverage and secured an easy score. Smith has entered the NFL concussion protocol and is currently questionable to play in week 9.
2016 Week 7 vs NO (17 / 24 / 214 / 2 / 0 pass, 4 / 7 / 0 rush)
Alex Smith settled down in the first few snaps with some easy, quick completions off boot action. From that point on he played with excellent poise and command, generally releasing the ball on time and in rhythm. He will be disappointed with missing a deep shot to Jeremy Maclin down the seam in the first quarter, as he left the football just a little too far in front. He could easily have had a pass intercepted on a target in Travis Kelce's direction; a linebacker dropped underneath the throw and Smith did not seem to spot him. Smith showed beautiful touch and accuracy on a deep touchdown pass to speed demon Tyreek Hill, allowing his receiver to run under the football in the end zone. Smith's second touchdown pass came on a quick pass into the flat for Spencer Ware, who benefited from some good blocking downfield to rumble to the end zone on a screen play. Smith extended plays very effectively all game long, and was able to fire a few darts to the sideline to keep drives alive. In a highly efficient display that lacked splash plays, Smith was a safe pair of hands to lead the Chiefs offense to a victory.
2016 Week 6 vs OAK (19 / 22 / 224 / 0 / 0 pass, 3 / -1 / 0 rush)
Smith played the role of game manager to an extent that is unusual even for him. He completed 86% of his passes, going 19 of 22 with no touchdowns or interceptions. He forced the Raiders into a guessing game, as he completed passes to nine different receivers, and seven them of had at least two receptions. Smith essentially spread the Raiders secondary out and killed them with underneath throw after underneath throw. Once the Oakland defensive backs started playing bump and run consistently, Smith keyed in on his mismatches and took advantage of the middle of the field and the sidelines, eventually completing five passes of 20 or more yards. One such play came on second and seven at the KC 35 yard line. With DJ Hayden playing press coverage on Jeremy Maclin, Smith took a three step drop and used Maclin's speed down the field to lead him up the right sideline. This was not a play where Smith waited for the play to develop and for Maclin to get open. Maclin beat Hayden off the line of scrimmage and Smith found him perfectly in stride for a 38 yard gain. If you had to explain the Chiefs downfield passing attack (or lack thereof) in one play, this would be it. Smith is not going to be throwing fifty yard jump balls to his receivers, but he can still generate big plays when the defense is in the right type of coverage. Many times it can take several series of running short and intermediate routes before a defense softens up and allows one on one coverage on the outside, and when that happens, Andy Reid and Alex Smith will recognize the opportunity and draw up a play similar to what we saw with Maclin. Smith did not blow the Raiders off the field on Sunday, but with a productive running game and an aggressive defense that is getting stops and causing turnovers, he doesn't have to.
2016 Week 4 vs PIT (30 / 50 / 287 / 2 / 1 pass, 1 / 2 / 0 rush)
Overall, Smith had his second highest scoring day of the year, throwing for 287 yards and two touchdowns with one interception. The Chiefs were down from the very beginning, so Smith's high volume of passes was something to be expected. With the Steelers clamping down on #1 receiver Jeremy Maclin, Smith was smart in getting other receivers involved, ultimately completing five or more passes to five different receivers. One of those receivers was Tyreke Hill, a player that many analysts are calling the "fastest man in football". Smith's first touchdown pass came on a slant to Hill from the ten yard line. Hill showed very good concentration and toughness in traffic, bobbling the ball at first before coming down with it at the five yard line, spinning off a defender and diving over the goal line for the Chiefs first points of the night. Smith's final touchdown pass of the night went to familiar target, Travis Kelce. Kelce ran an out route before settling in at the edge of the end zone. Smith went through his progressions before finding Kelce wide open in the back of the end zone. Although the Chiefs got blown out in this one, Smith's stats were above his average points and that is a welcomed site for fantasy owners.
2016 Week 3 vs NYJ (25 / 33 / 237 / 1 / 0 pass, 3 / -3 / 0 rush)
Smith had a yawn worthy performance, with most of his attempts targeted at or close to the line of scrimmage. He did take a few deep shots to Jeremy Maclin in the two minute drill, but Maclin didn't create enough separation. The game script never forced Smith out of his comfort zone, so his only scoring pass came on a nice effort by Travis Kelce after the catch. He also had Tyreek Hill open deep in the second half, but Smith's ball forced Hill to drift out of bounds.
2016 Week 2 vs HOU (20 / 37 / 186 / 0 / 0 pass, 2 / 2 / 0 rush)
After throwing for the second highest total of his career last week (365 yards), Alex Smith took a step backward against the Houston Texans, totaling only 187 yards on 20-37 passing (53% completion percentage). The Chiefs were without starting offensive guards Laurent Duvernay-Tardif and Parker Ehinger, and it showed with Smith getting hit repeatedly, including four sacks. This played a big part in Smith's completion percentage, and despite his deficiency as a downfield passer, he was unable to generate any completions to receivers that gained 20 or more yards. Normally such a stout pass rush would open up running lanes for Smith to exploit, but he failed to make an impact in that department either, gaining only two yards on two rushes. All in all, it was a Sunday to forget for Smith and the entire Chiefs offense.
2016 Week 1 vs SD (34 / 48 / 363 / 2 / 1 pass, 4 / 15 / 1 rush)
Smith threw the ball all over the place today completing 34 of 48 attempts for 363 yards with 2 touchdowns 1 interception and adding on 4 rush for 15 yards and the deciding overtime touchdown. Smith targeted 9 different receivers and connected with 8 of them. Smith's favorite target was Spencer Ware out of the backfield as he targeted the back 8 times, completing 7 for a total of 145 yards. Smith stayed true to form completing short to intermediate passes to move the ball up and down the field. Touchdown strikes to Maclin and Tyreek Hill propelled the furious second half comeback. Smith's lone blemish came in the fourth quarter when a pass across the middle to Jeremy Maclin was ripped away by Jason Verrett after it appeared Maclin had caught the ball. Interestingly enough Verrett was the same player to end Smith's consecutive pass attempts without an interception streak last season. Smith took this game over in the second half and is a big reason why the Chiefs came back to win.
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