No one is ever a lock to be great. I remember many people trashing Atlanta for taking a huge risk on a qb, how did that workout? Geno has tremendous upside, he is a player you can develop. We even went for the sure thing in 2009, we acquired a "proven" player and he ended up screwing our franchise.
You don't understand why I am upset, I am not upset at Smith coming here. I am upset at what we traded for him and how he is now looked upon as the long term qb solution. Honestly, I believe one of the best things we could of done this offseason was to trade for Smith (not a second round pick) and take Geno at number 1. But now, we have shot ourselves in the foot with committing to a conservative game manager (Cassel 2.0)
This is a qb who didn't win until he had the number 1 defense and rushing game. Matt Cassel has even had more winning seasons than Smith, and he did it in half the time.
2nd - Geno shouldn't even be considered a first round pick by any team. Certainly not the first pick of the first round. 3rd round talent at best. He played well against high school caliber defenses - not so well against the tougher college defenses.
The Falcons organization was crumbling, they drafted him and he helped turn that organization around. When Matt Ryan was the aP offensive rookie of the year and going to pro bowls Alex Smith was getting boo'd out of the stadium.
Face it, Alex Smith only wins games when he has the 1 number d/rushing game to help him. That is your quarterback.
Have fun with your 8-8 years, mediocrity is what this board strives for. It has been apparent for years that the Chiefs as well as their fanbase are scared to death to roll the dice. We supposedly had the "sure thing" in 09 didn't we? And that ruined us for 4 years.
Hali #$@/#/' off!! I knew you weren't a kc fan!!! "Your 8-8 years" "their fan base"?? Just @$$/$ ff
Do not bother with the "well, we passed on Marino, Montana, Kelly, etc." type of BS, either, because it's totally irrelevant. There are no guarantees whatsoever that they would have had the same success in KC, if the Chiefs had drafted them, that they had elsewhere.
Regarding Alex Smith, personally, I don't give a damn what happened in SF, it's what happens with him now in a Chiefs uniform that really counts.