Saturday, August 10, 2013
Alex Smith shines for Chiefs
By Bill Williamson
Random thoughts about the Chiefs’ 17-13 loss Friday night at New Orleans:
The game was a success in Andy Reid’s first work with his new team. The Chiefs led a good team on the road, 10-0, after the first quarter. That’s impressive.
The Chiefs will be fine if they get good quarterback play. In his first game as a Chief, Alex Smith was terrific. He completed 7-of-8 passes for 68 yards on a 14-play, 80-yard opening drive that netted a touchdown. The Chiefs had big trouble scoring on their opening drive of games last season. It’s a big reason why there was change at coach and at quarterback.
Smith looked completely comfortable working in Reid’s offense. It’s just one game, but it’s a good sign.
Reid loves to get his running backs active in the passing game. That was evident as star Jamaal Charles caught three passes for 27 yards. That will be a big part of the Chiefs’ offense.
Right tackle Eric Fisher, the No. 1 overall draft pick, had a scare with a hand injury. But it is not considered serious.
The Chiefs had success in the return game. Rookie Knile Davis had a kickoff return for 79 yards. Dexter McCluster had a 55-yard punt return and Devon Wylie added a 31-yard kickoff return and a 22-yard punt return. That’s a dynamic group.
The race for the No. 3 quarterback job between undrafted rookie Tyler Bray and third-year veteran Ricky Stanzi didn’t change much. Both players were just so-so. The competition will likely continue for the rest of the preseason with Bray being the favorite.