The Chiefs traded quarterback Alex Smith to Washington on Tuesday, concluding his five-year run as the team’s starter under center.
Let’s take a look back at Alex Smith’s career with the Chiefs by the numbers:
Quarterbacks are ultimately judged by their win-loss record. Smith leaves Kansas City with a 50-26 mark, tallying more wins than any quarterback in franchise history since Len Dawson, who had 93. Smith posted a better winning percentage (65.8) than Dawson.
Things were markedly different in the postseason, where Smith won only once in five games. That victory — a 30-0 wild-card win against the Texans in 2016 — gave the Chiefs their first playoff win in 22 years. But it was the only playoff triumph Smith had in Kansas City, undoubtedly one of the contributors to Tuesday’s trade.
Smith’s Chiefs career finished on its highest note. His 104.7 passer rating in 2017 led the NFL and was his career-best mark.
Call it accuracy. Call it conservatism. Whatever the case, no quarterback in Chiefs history had a lower interception rate than Smith (among passers who threw at least 100 attempts). Only 1.4 percent of his passes were picked off.
And then there’s the other side of the coin. Smith had a measly 4.2 touchdown percentage in Kansas City, which put him in a tie with Tyler Thigpen and behind Elvis Grbac.
Smith leaves Kansas City with 17,608 passing yards, the third most in franchise history. He set a career high with 4,402 in 2017.
His 102 passing touchdowns rank fourth in Chiefs history. Again, his career-best mark arrived in 2017, when he threw 26.
During his five-year tenure with the Chiefs, Smith’s legs were a weapon. He totaled 1,672 rushing yards in five seasons, more than any quarterback in team history. He had 498 in 2015.
Smith made three Pro Bowls in a Chiefs uniform — following the 2013, 2016 and 2017 seasons. His final appearance as a member of the Chiefs was in Sunday’s Pro Bowl, when he completed 7 of 10 passes for 131 yards with a touchdown and an interception.