Alex Smith has been the quarterback of the Kansas City Chiefs since 2014, but the Kansasian and the NFL have been waiting for the right quarterback to come along.
That was the plan with Smith’s former quarterback Alex Smith Jr., who is now an assistant coach with the San Francisco 49ers.
“I’m trying to figure out if I’m ready to take the next step,” Smith said on ESPN Radio’s First Take in September.
“Obviously, I can say that it’s been a long time since I’ve been a starter and the past couple of years, and I don’t know if I have what it takes.
But I think I have the talent to be that guy.”
Smith was signed by the Kansas Chiefs in 2015 and immediately became a star.
He threw for over 1,000 yards in his first two seasons with the Chiefs and has since surpassed 1,300 yards in each of his last two seasons.
But his career has not been without struggles.
Smith’s accuracy has been down and he’s not quite as efficient on throws that travel 15 yards or more.
Smith has also had some serious injuries to his right shoulder and wrist.
Smith is set to turn 31 in March and he doesn’t have much left in the tank.
“You can’t take everything for granted,” Smith told ESPN.com.
“That’s why I feel like I have to get ready as a player, and that’s why it’s not just about me.”