Alex Smith Expects To Leave Chiefs In 2018

Ruben Hill
September 14, 2017

Alex Smith doesn't expect to be in Kansas City much longer. Among those caught up in the turmoil was 2005 first-overall pick Alex Smith. During the Kansas City Chiefs' 42-27 win over New England, Smith threw for 368 yards and four touchdowns, a performance that was good enough to be named AFC Offensive Player of the Week on Wednesday. Of course, Smith is again trying to prove himself. The Chiefs quarterback said that getting dumped by a team is just one of the harsh realities that comes with playing in the NFL. Because as Smith detailed, the objective reasons to be optimistic are few and far between.

The show "In Depth with Graham Bensinger" has posted several interesting videos of a recent interview with Smith where the quarterback touches on several topics related to those past 49ers teams.

Smith even said he would look forward to road games because he was exhausted of the "the pressure" put on him by home fans who would boo him.

"I knew how dysfunctional that the work environment that I was in at the time was", Smith said.

"The culture at the time in the building, those first six years for me, I knew that it was really dysfunctional", Smith continued. "I knew that this wasn't the way that successful places operated".

49ers legend Jerry Rice was not shy about criticizing Smith during the QB's time with the franchise. "But I did know that the situation I was in was not the right way". "I was kind of a leftover".

"It was hard", Smith said of watching the Chiefs taking a quarterback. That made it even more hard for the quarterback.

"If I can help these guys not go through [the dysfunction I went through in San Francisco], I certainly don't wish any of that stuff on him", Smith said. He said he would stand on the sideline trying to figure out his completion percentage and other statistics because, for many fans and analysts, that was all that was looked at. Smith shared his perspective on job security and what it is like mentoring his future replacement.

"For sure", Smith said.

Although Smith didn't want the Chiefs to take a quarterback, he said that there's no animosity among the team's QBs. There was quarterback Alex Smith, who threw for 368 yards and four touchdowns, and there was running back Kareem Hunt, who gained 246 yard and scored three times in his first National Football League game. I only say that because my mindset when I got traded here was no different. "He was always really, really respectful".

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