OTC: Is Alex Smith The Chiefs’ Answer Or Is He Still A Question? / Can Kim Anderson Make STL Like Mizzou?

“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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41 Responses to OTC: Is Alex Smith The Chiefs’ Answer Or Is He Still A Question? / Can Kim Anderson Make STL Like Mizzou?

  1. Kyle says:

    Is that Kim’s first 3rd person name drop? Wow, has not even coached a D1 game yet and he is already talking like Ol Roy.

  2. Gavin says:

    “This playoff HAS to grow to 12 teams ASAP.”

    I absolutely SUCK at math, but unless we give out bye games in the playoff, wouldn’t we need it to be eight or sixteen teams?

    • Jim says:

      Gav, it seems so simple to take each of the big 5 conference champions and then 3 at-large teams. All 8 teams play within the current bowl system. The 4 winning teams move on to (2) national semi-final games with the winners moving on to the national championship. Simple.

      • Kyle R says:

        Yep. Better solution. 16 teams makes it a month-long playoff and that’s too long. 8 works.

      • Gavin says:

        I dunno, Jim. That seems awfully sensible. Also, it completely fails to protect the Rose Bowl’s traditional status as the greatest and most important college football game every season.

    • Alphonse Tooty says:

      Greg is going to explain his 12-team bracket right after he details for us just how playing a game in the UK will be a “marketing bonanza” for Kansas City.

      • Gavin says:

        Maybe he saw “UK” and thought that the Chiefs were going to try to extend their natural territory to include Kentucky?

      • SDPETE says:

        Just cause you and the stadium vendor don’t have the foresight or community pride doesn’t mean that the UK game is a great idea. Very disappointed that some fans just don’t get how great this will be as the Chiefs become World’s Team!

  3. Gavin says:

    Could it be that Mizzou is traveling to Hawaii to play Arizona because it’s a high profile game in a high profile tournament that will certainly have the Tigers playing the biggest game on any ESPN network at t he time it’s being played? It’s entirely possible that Mizzou has decided that the combination of media exposure and recruiting lift make playing in Maui a good idea.

    I’m asking because I honestly don’t know, but don’t the schools get paid to play in tournaments like the one in Maui? Could it be that Mizzou is making money (while, again, increasing their media exposure and maximizing recruiting) to play in Maui?

    I agree that there’s a lot of fucked up stuff in college sports, but are you really bent out of shape over schools playing in Hawaii?

    • Phaedrus says:

      Gavin, you have to think about the effect on the Columbia community. The MU basketball team is nothing but a bunch of takers…taking a trip to Hawaii while everyone else is home freezing their asses off.

  4. Brummy says:

    “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.”

    Greg, do you now understand the cupcake schedule many teams have for noncon? Of course, your point was that you wanted to be entertained and not that you were using this as a point to expand the playoff seeding. Just curious.

  5. Hot Carl says:

    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.

    I hate his conservative play, too, because I think it will win regular season games but not playoff games. HOWEVER, in regards to him throwing it down the field, I think the main reason he doesn’t do it is twofold: 1-His line doesn’t give him enough time to find anyone down field and 2-His receivers suck and can’t get open down field.

    That being said, he needs to at least chuck it down there on occasion. Even if it’s incomplete (like his one long attempt Sunday to Jenkins) it helps to keep the defensive backs honest.

    • Kyle says:

      He played the exact same way last year, then threw for 378 in the playoff game including a 79 yard bomb to Avery. They scored 44 points as a result of his play and it still was not good enough because the defense collapsed. He also did throw the ball deep twice on Sunday, of course to no avail. People don’t seem to consider that the main reason the numbers on D are so good is because of the ball control offense the Chiefs have. They keep the D off the field a lot. This is a decent defense, but they are not one of the 10 best in the league. They cannot stop the run (which will likely be the reason they lose to Seattle) and Houston is the only one that puts consistent pressure on the QB. Reid is an excellent coach and he coaches to his personnel. He knows that if they start slinging the ball all over the field they are going to lose. Remember after the Titans loss? Everyone was complaining about why they kept throwing the ball down field and didn’t stay more conservative. This is who they are. Reid and Smith now that and they are rolling with it.

  6. Alphonse Tooty says:

    GH says: “But I don’t see objective baseball people changing their minds about one of the game’s more stubborn and backward managers.”

    Stubborn and backward? You and Ned have a lot in common!

  7. MIZ-SEC says:

    The Big 12 deserves exactly zero teams in the playoffs. If I was on the committee, the only way they’d ever get a team into the playoffs is if the conference champ was unbeaten. 2-loss SEC teams are more deserving than 1-loss Texas 10 teams. And that includes my Tigers. If Mizzou wins out, they absolutely deserve a spot. The winner of the SEC should have an automatic spot. No matter how many losses. The conference is that good. And why would any MU fan even acknowledge the Little 12 when we have our great and far superior league that we’re in? Who gives a flying fuck about the Mildcats vs the Horny Frogs. Alabama/LSU was on. I’ve even gone so far as to block any channels on my tv that show Big 12 games. Nobody in my household will be watching that piece of shit conference.

    • Kyle says:

      The SEC is 2 different conferences this year. missourah is in the bad one. I don’t care if they win all of the rest of their games, any team that loses at home to Indiana and 34-0 at home to this Georgia team does not even deserve to put their nose anywhere near the ass that is the 4 team playoff.

    • Alphonse Tooty says:

      MIZ-SEC is Mizzou’s version of Juan Pablo.

    • Juan Pablo says:

      You must be mad that MU keeps getting their games stuck on the SEC network that nobody watches but the fans of the game on. SEC keeps giving the shaft to MU.

      SEC SEC!!!!!!!

      • AaronB4Mizzou says:

        Juan, let that sink in for a moment, Mizzou is in a conference that has it’s own network that is available in about 90 million homes in the US. Yes, Mizzou has played on it a lot, but I’m very thankful for it. That said network should come close to doubling Mizzou’s conference revenue in the next couple of years – in the $40M/year range. Every school will get the same, no playing favorites. Yep, it’s an issue.

      • Dean Moriarty says:

        Fair enough, although the SEC network is a step up from 38 the spot and Time Warner Cable Sports.

    • ILuvBrummy says:

      MIZ SEC — Missouri fans are all sister fucking retards.

  8. Captain Dick Jackman says:

    Settle down, Beavis!

  9. FJH says:

    The only sensible way to handle the College Football Playoff, is to expand it to 64 teams with 2 play in games.

  10. Mike says:

    Doesn’t Klinger realize the two coaches he played for in SF were Mike Nolan and Mike Singletary? With one of his OC’s at the time being Jimmy Raye? Kling really is reaching if he tried to find a counterpoint, whether genuine or manufactured for the benefit of the show.

  11. AaronB4Mizzou says:

    I’m not an expert on the Mizzou Vs St. Louis issue, but it’s my understanding that it ties back to two reasons. In the early 70’s, Norm either kicked Loren Woods father off the team or suggested to him that it would be wise to move on, can’t recall his name. That incident apparently created a whole lot of bad feelings towards Norm & Mizzou. The other, possibly related, is that Norm wouldn’t kiss up to Floyd Irons, the old Vashon coach. He supposedly expected the coaches recruiting his players, and even some at other high schools, to treat him like a king, etc. Norm didn’t play that game.

    • ILuvBrummy says:

      Or the third option is that MU hasn’t been worth a damn for the last 30 years to attract top level talent.

  12. Kerouac says:

    “the Chiefs’ loss last January to Indianapolis can hardly be laid at the feet of Smith, who was mostly brilliant in that game.”

    – replace Smith with Dawson and Indianapolis with Green Bay and you have the game recap that followed Superbowl I January 1967…

    It took the Chiefs 3 more years to return to the Superbowl thence; alas, Smith is not Dawson and will need 3 more years, 3 more offensive lineman & 3 more wide receivers at minimum have any chance ever appearing in a Superbowl…

  13. John says:

    Totally unrelated thought but just (regrettably) tuned into “The Program”. If I gave Soren Petro a hamburger, I’m pretty sure he would talk about how great of a guy I was for a least ten minutes. Just now remembering why I stopped listening to that show…

    • Jayhawk '97 says:

      Thanks for the call… great stuff as always.

    • Rick says:

      I love it when I tune into THE PROGRAM at 10 am and they don’t start talking sports until 10:45 after they’ve talked about hamburgers and sandwiches for 45 minutes.

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