As Kansas City Chiefs QB Alex Smith continues to struggle, the question looms whether or not to start rookie Patrick Mahomes or Smith. Yes, Alex Smith is playing the best football of his career this season. But, his play has dropped dramatically as of recent. Maybe the Alex Smith era is dying a slow death? HC Andy Reid should consider making a QB change soon.
Smith has totaled 2,674 yards, 18 TDs, and 3 INTs this season, while also totaling a 69.3% completion percentage. Week 1 was arguably his best game of the season, maybe even career. He threw for 368 yards and 4 TDs that game. He was also dangerous, explosive, and smart with the ball. Here’s where his play drops though. Last week against New York Smith threw for 230 yards and 2 INTs against one of the worst defenses in the league. At age 34, you would think this his is most likely Smith’s last year in Kansas City, after trading up to draft QB Patrick Mahomes with the 10th pick in last years draft.
There has already been calls to start Mahomes over Alex Smith. Mahomes is a pure gunslinger, and his playmaking ability could send a spark throughout the whole organization. In 3 years at Texas Tech, Mahomes totaled 11,252 yards, 93 TDs, and 29 INTs, while also totaling 845 yards and 22 TDs on the ground. The best game of his collegiate career came against Oklahoma where he totaled 734 passing yards, 5 TDs, and 1 INT. He also totaled 85 yards and 2 TDs on the ground. Scouts viewed Mahomes as a project, despite his outstanding Junior season. His game is based on his big play ability and can make throws other QBs can’t. The Chiefs lack Mahomes’ big-play ability with Smith starting at QB.
HC Andy Reid and his offensive coaches, along with the front office will have a big decision to make on whether or not to start Mahomes over Smith. After losing 4 out of 5 of their last games, I think it’s time for Kansas City to stop being conservative and start Mahomes the rest of the season.