The San Francisco 49ers and Kansas City Chiefs have agreed in principal to a deal that would send quarterback Alex Smith to KC in exchange for a second round pick in this years draft (with a conditional pick for next year). It is amazing, considering a few years ago Smith was considered a bust before his renaissance season and a half under Coach Jim Harbaugh. Smith has shown great accuracy and football smarts with the Niners, and this past year he had a 70.2 completion percentage, as well as having 13 touchdowns, and only five interceptions. Smith suffered a concussion in November, and backup Colin Kaepernick played extremely well, forcing Jim Harbaugh to make a controversial (but the correct) decision to keep Kaperenick as his starter, despite Smith playing the best football of his career. I laud Smith of the professionalism he displayed, never complaining to the media, being a great team player and helping out Kaaprenick whenever he could. Smith goes to a much worse team in Kansas City, who still need to rid themselves of Matt Cassel, so here is what the Chiefs need to do to make sure their new QB doesn’t flop.
1. Now you must resign Bowe- Dwayne Bowe needs to be resigned as soon as possible. He is one of their only play-makers at wide receiver, and Smith should be able to fit the football into tiny spaces for Bowe, who has the freak athleticism to go up and catch any pass. Another wide receiver would help, and the Chiefs can add a few players for cheap, such as a Devery Henderson or Austin Collie.
2. Protection- It is widely assumed that the Chiefs will select an offensive tackle with the first overall pick, and getting Smith solidifies that belief. Smith needs time to throw the ball, and when he does, his precision is deadly. Look for the Chiefs to draft either offensive tackle Luke Joeckel or Eric Fisher. On top of that, the Chiefs need to resign their own tackle, Branden Albert. The Chiefs should either sign a free agent or draft a young kid, but regardless how they do it, the O line needs to get fixed.
3. Get another running back- The Chiefs need another back to complement Jamaal Charles. Charles had a nice bounce back season last year, despite suffering inconsistencies in play due to bad play-calling and problems with the offensive line. Charles, who suffered a torn ACL in September of 2011, has some injury concerns, and with Peyton Hillis leaving as a free agent, the Chiefs need an insurance back. Charles is a speedy, slashing kind of running back, so the Chiefs should look for a ground and pound type of running back, and Shonn Greene should be considered. Having a great running game can open up play actions for Smith, but with Andy Reid as the new coach of the team, you never know what you are getting game plan wise.