New Chiefs backup quarterback Chase Daniel said in an interview with his hometown paper that it was hard to leave New Orleans but that he's ready to compete for a starting job, even if Alex Smith is the clear-cut No. 1 in Kansas City.
“We obviously know Alex is our starter, but I’m going to compete my rear end off and try my very hardest to compete with him day in and day out,” Daniel said in a phone interviewwith the Fort Worth Star-Telegram
. “I think that’s what makes quarterbacks, especially, competitive. Everyone trying to take the spot in front of them, and the person at the top is trying to hold onto it.”
Daniel played at Southlake Carroll High School and Mizzou before backing up Drew Brees for four seasons with the Saints.
“It’s sort of time for me to move on and to face this challenge head on,” Daniel said. “Our guy there never gets hurt. He’s always playing every single snap. It was so hard to leave that locker room and those relationships. I’ve been through a lot there. It made it harder to leave. But I’m ready for this challenge.
“This place was definitely an eye-opener when I found out they had major interest and wanted to make a pretty good investment in me. There were five or six teams out there that were interested, and I’d say two or three would have given me a chance to go in and at least compete. I have a chance here, too. I know Alex is the starter. My job is going to be the same [as it was] in New Orleans, but I’m going to compete. And just like I did with Drew, I’m going to push Alex as much as I possibly can and try to make him a better player as well.”