Theres little question any success the Chiefs have this season hinges on how well quarterback Alex Smith performs.
By RANDY COVITZ
The Kansas City Star
The Chiefs paid a hefty price in acquiring Smith from San Francisco for a second-round pick in this years NFL Draft and a conditional second- or third-round pick in 2014.
Smith led San Francisco to the NFC championship game in 2011 and started the first nine games of the 49ers Super Bowl run a year ago, and Chiefs offensive coordinator Doug Pederson believes strongly in Smith.
Ultimately, every team has to have a quarterback, Pederson said. I think we have the best in the league.
The best? Better than Peyton Manning Tom Brady Drew Brees Joe Flacco Matt Ryan Eli Manning Colin Kaepernick ?
There are a lot of great ones, Pederson said, but over time, Alex has proven he can get it done. Hes a sharp guy, he brings a wealth of knowledge, hes experienced, hes a proven winner the last couple of years, and he needs a team to embrace him.