Friday, December 2, 2016, 6:13pm
Thursday, December 1, 2016, 6:10pm
Wednesday, November 30, 2016, 6:36pm
The Kansas City Chiefs headed into this season thinking it would be the best yet for quarterback Alex Smith, but it isn’t turning out that way. Many of Smith’s key statistics are down from last season, including yards per attempt (7.4 last year to 6.9), touchdown percentage (4.3 to 3), passer rating (95.4 to 91.2) and rushing (31 yards per game to 6).
Throw in the Chiefs’ scoring struggles -- they have two or fewer offensive touchdowns in six of the eight full games in which Smith has played this season -- and it’s easy to conclude Smith’s game has regressed this season.
Coach Andy Reid isn’t concluding that, at least not publicly.
Smith’s struggles have showed up most noticeably when they hurt the most: on third down and inside the opponent’s 20-yard line. Smith is the NFL’s 26th-rated passer on third down. The Chiefs are 31st at scoring touchdowns from the red zone. They’ve had three games where they’ve kicked four field goals, including the one against the Jaguars in which Foles played.
Instead, their leading pass-catcher in Sunday’s 20-17 win over the Carolina Panthers was a rookie -- and a fifth-round draft choice at that. The Chiefs didn’t accomplish a lot when they passed the ball against the Panthers but when they did, inevitably the receiver was Tyreek Hill.
“He has a lot of tools,’’ quarterback Alex Smith said. “This isn’t a guy that I think you can box in as a speed guy, a quickness guy, an inside guy, a bubble guy. He can do a lot and I think he showed a lot of that today, (with) route-running, yards after the catch. He’s made plays with the ball down the field.’’
The Chiefs didn’t intend for him to be such a major factor in their offense. They thought he could help as a deep threat but mainly as a complement to Maclin, Chris Conley and Albert Wilson and also as a kick returner. Hill has become more than just a complementary player. Some of that is because the Chiefs have been unable to get more from Maclin and their other leading wide receivers. But Hill also has shown the ability to handle all of the various tasks the Chiefs ask of him, including sweeps and reverses in the running game and a lot of the receiving routes they have in their playbook.
Friday, November 11, 2016, 7:00pm
Thursday, November 10, 2016, 6:38pm
Wednesday, November 9, 2016, 6:38pm
The Nick Foles era as the Kansas City Chiefs' starting quarterback appears to be over after one game. The Chiefs are preparing for Alex Smith to return to their lineup for next Sunday’s game against the Panthers in Carolina. Foles will return to his usual role as the backup.
If the Chiefs need Foles to fill in for Smith later in the season, they’ll be better off for having him in their lineup for Sunday’s 19-14 victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars. Foles wasn’t as sharp as he was when replacing Smith in the previous week’s game against the Indianapolis Colts.
Friday, November 4, 2016, 6:47pm
Chiefs QB Alex Smith (head, ear, out) took limited practice reps all week and is out for Week 9. Smith apparently won’t play in Week 9. Nick Foles will get the start against the Jaguars, who are decent against the pass. Foles isn’t a bad streaming option after doing pretty well against the Colts (223 yards and two touchdowns on 22 attempts).
Thursday, November 3, 2016, 6:12pm
Chiefs QB Alex Smith (head, ear) took limited practice reps again Thursday. Smith apparently won’t play in Week 9. Nick Foles will get the start against the Jaguars, who are decent against the pass. Foles isn’t a bad streaming option after doing pretty well against the Colts (223 yards and two touchdowns on 22 attempts).
Wednesday, November 2, 2016, 6:39pm
Chiefs QB Alex Smith (head, ear) took limited practice reps Wednesday. Smith apparently won’t play in Week 9. Nick Foles will get the start against the Jaguars, who are decent against the pass. Foles isn’t a bad streaming option after doing pretty well against the Colts (223 yards and two touchdowns on 22 attempts).
Foles will get the start and is a decent streaming option even though the Jaguars are better than advertised against the pass.
It was the second time that Smith was evaluated for a concussion during the game with the first coming in the first quarter and ending with Smith cleared to return to the game. On Monday, however, Chiefs trainer Rick Burkholder said that his failure to return a second time wasn’t because Smith has been diagnosed with a concussion.
Burkholder said, via Terez Paylor of the Kansas City Star, that Smith is asymptomatic and that he passed tests on both the sideline and the locker room after the blow to the head at the end of the run in the second half. Burkholder said that the protocol for evaluating Smith worked as it should and that the “only mistake” was him telling a team spokesman that Smith was out with a concussion.
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As the story pointed out, assuming no symptoms develop, that should eliminate concern about Smith’s ability to play against the Jaguars in Week 9.
Smith's head slammed against the ground as he was sliding on a scramble in the third quarter.
Smith actually left the game in the first half for a possible concussion but was cleared and returned to the game despite a cut on his ear.
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