“I don’t know that there is a great deal of difference between an Alex Smith and a Russell Wilson. They are both so well read – they are both so well prepared. They’re very smart. They’ve got very sharp eyes and quick reactions. Both incredibly bright. Although it may be a kind of a far-reaching comparison, I don’t see a great deal of difference.”
Kevin Harlan, on the two quarterbacks that will meet at Arrowhead this Sunday, 810 AM
GH: So, just how good is Alex Smith? Is he Russell Wilson good or just Game-Manager good? The opinions on this topic continue to differ. Read on.
“(Alex Smith) is a good quarterback for this system but I wouldn’t start my franchise with him. … All he does is win – regular season games. Big woop.”
Josh Klingler, 610 AM
GH: Damn, that is a bit harsh. Klingler doesn’t usually stray from Fescoe’s opinion all that often on their morning show but on this topic he verbally abused his cohost.
“People who don’t like Alex Smith or have reservations about Alex Smith have this mythical bar that is set so high!”
Bob Fescoe, 610 AM
“He’s engineering the Chiefs offense so seamlessly that you wouldn’t know whether the scheme was designed to be contoured to him or if he’s simply morphed into mastery of it.” Vahe Gregorian, Kansas City Star
“Quarterback Alex Smith continues to succeed at leading a conservative, ball-control offense. After throwing three interceptions in Week 1, he has thrown one in the last eight weeks, the fewest among regular starting quarterbacks in that period. He leads a very safe passing attack: His average pass has traveled 5.77 yards in the air, easily the least of any starting quarterback (Oakland’s Derek Carr is closest, at 7.31). This will not lead to many individual honors or highlight plays, but it is part of the process that leads to makable third downs and long drives.”
Chase Stuart, NFL writer NYTimes.com
GH: Translation: He ain’t flashy. He is playing a black-and-white game in a league where passing attacks are broadcast in 4K Ultra HD.
“That guy knows the offense in and out. On top of that he can make every single throw there is. And even more so on top of that, he’s a leader.”
Travis Kelce, Chiefs tight end, Kansas City Star
GH: I would question Smith’s ability to make every throw. He hasn’t shown a real ability to air it out to his wide receivers – or any receivers. That allows the defensive backs to cheat up shrink their coverage zones.
“He hasn’t done anything in the playoffs so I can’t say that he’s won games. He hasn’t done squat.”
Josh Klingler, 610 AM GH: Smith is actually 1-2 in the playoffs overall with his 1-1 record with the 49ers. And the Chiefs’ loss last January in Indianapolis can hardly be laid at the feet of Smith, who was mostly brilliant in that game.
“He’s just real chill. Real chill.”
A.J. Jenkins, Kansas City Star
GH: Smith meets with Kevin Kietzman each week for a one-on-one interview that is probably a perk of WHB’s contract as a Chiefs media partner. But these interviews are painfully sterile. Smith sounds uncomfortable and Kietzman doesn’t seem to know how to let the Chiefs’ QB open up.
“What many of us—including me—missed about Smith in the past was just how explosive his skill set can be. That potential was buried in conservative 49ers systems that didn’t always trust him (but should have).”
Michael Freeman, NFL writer, bleacherreport.com
GH: I think we will continue to see Smith grow as a quarterback – if his offensive line doesn’t get him injured. Can you imagine how good Smith would be with some protection and a decent set of wide receivers?
“Decision-making is the most important thing. He makes the right decisions, and his teammates know it.”
Len Dawson, Kansas City Star
“Every QB is a ‘game-manager. Russell Wilson is a game-manager just like Alex Smith. He does what’s asked of him.”
Geoff Schwartz, former Chiefs offensive guard, bleacherreport.com
“After watching the team in the last eight weeks, it is clear that the Week 1 performance was the anomaly. With games against Seattle, Denver and Arizona in the next four weeks, we will see if the Chiefs can continue their dominant ways. One thing to count on: a lot of slow, methodical drives for the offense and a relentless pass rush from the defense. That has always been a great formula for upsets.”
Chase Stuart, NFL writer NYTimes.com
GH: And we thought the early part of the Chiefs’ schedule was the tough part. A late-season trip to Pittsburgh also awaits. If the Chiefs make the playoffs this season, they will have earned it.
“With Baylor and TCU both thumping their foes today and Auburn losing, suddenly the Big 12 has the best chance of sending 2 to the playoff.”
Stewart Mandel, @simandel, Twitter
GH: How incredible would that feat be, to place two Big 12 teams in the CFB playoff? Maybe the fact that the Big 12 doesn’t have a title game will leave the committee with no choice but to choose two one-loss Big 12 teams.
“I don’t want to act like it’s rehearsed, but it’s rehearsed because I tend to say stupid things sometimes. That early in the season (against Virginia Tech), we were not a great team. We had a quarterback that was a quarterback for about two weeks and did not play very well. We had an offensive line that played horrible that game and a group of receivers that were not ready to play. This is the most improved team that I’ve been a part of.”
Urban Meyer, on why his Ohio State Buckeyes should be considered for the CFB playoffs, bleacherreport.com
GH: Meyer is making a great point for teams that use the season to improve and how they can be snubbed because of an early-season loss. This is why a four-team playoff is wrong – it allows no room for teams like tOSU that suffer an embarrassing loss early on. This playoff HAS to grow to 12 teams ASAP.
“We talk with our pads.”
Gary Patterson, TCU’s head coach, prior to the K-State game, Dallas Morning News
GH: The Horned Frogs might be the best team in the country. Yes, that Baylor loss makes it difficult to place them ahead of the Bears but it seems like the committee is willing to live with that one.
“I think Ned Yost, moving forward, will engender a great deal of respect from those who follow the game. He’s never going to be known as a great strategist. He’s just not.”
Danny Clinkscale, on Ned Yost finishing second in the AL MOTY voting to Baltimore’s Buck Showalter, 810 AM
GH: I do not agree that Ned Yost will now, “engender a great deal of respect from those who follow the game.” I do think that Royals fans will be more tolerant of his managerial style because he is the Royals manager. But I don’t see objective baseball people changing their minds about one of the game’s more stubborn and backward managers.
“Bubba Starling has 5 hits in his last 13 at-bats in the Arizona Fall League. But he’s just 13 for 70 (.186) overall.”
Tony Boone, @BooneOWH, Twitter
GH: Ohhhh, Bubba. If only you were the Royals answer in right field for the next ten years.
“If you’re going to bond (as a team), I think Hawaii is a great place to bond.”
Kim Anderson, new MU basketball coach, talking to Soren Petro about taking his Tigers to the Maui Invitational November 24-26, 810 AM
“We didn’t get a great draw there in the first round but I know our young guys will be excited to play Arizona.”
Kim Anderson, on playing the highly-ranked Wildcats in Maui, 810 AM
GH: This is why those who are not in favor of paying college athletes take the position that these DI athletes receive enough perks. Why would Missouri travel to Hawaii to play Arizona? I know this is happening at all schools but it appears to me that common sense has left the building.
“I’d like to recruit every great player in the state of Missouri. I’m not going to get them all but… Don’t judge Kim Anderson on what has happened (between MU and St. Louis recruits) in the past.”
Kim Anderson, on the difficulty MU basketball has had over the years in attracting the best players out of the St. Louis area, 810 AM
GH: How many years has it been that MU has had trouble attractive the top recruits out of St. Louis? 30 or more? Is Kim Anderson going to be able to knock down those barriers? Can any coach? This sounds like a story just waiting for Vahe Gregorian’s touch.
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