Alex Smith’s replacement was drafted this year by the Chiefs. They traded up with the Buffalo Bills to pick 10 to draft Patrick Mahomes, and the only won that really suffered from that pick is their starting quarterback Alex Smith who in 2005 was the first overall pick. Smith finally opened up about the selection and talked to media for the first time since Mahomes was drafted.
“I think [the Chiefs are] committed to me [only] through this year,” Smith said, per Adam Teicher of ESPN. “That’s just the nature of it. If you don’t go out there and perform, I mean, coach [Andy] Reid and [quarterbacks coach Matt Nagy] are very honest. You’ve got to go out there and do your deal. We all have to.
“Whether or not we drafted Patrick, it doesn’t change that, right? If you’re not good enough and didn’t get it done, you’re not going to be around long. That’s just our culture. I know it. That’s the nature of the position.”
He knows the Chiefs had to eventually draft his replacement.
“I’m in a different place than the last time I kind of dealt with something like this, [but] I get it, right? If any of us were the GM, this in my opinion might be the most important position in all of sports. You’d be crazy not to be stockpiling talent.”