Alex Smith rated as NFL’s 20th-best starting QB by ESPN
07/23/2013 12:26 PM
07/23/2013 12:48 PM
Alex Smith is ranked 20th, immediately behind Cincinnati’s Andy Dalton and ahead of Tampa Bay’s Josh Freeman. Smith is third among AFC West quarterbacks, behind Denver’s Peyton Manning (second) and San Diego’s Philip Rivers (17th) and ahead of Oakland’s Matt Flynn (32nd and last).
Such lists are somewhat subjective, but Jaworski is a former NFL quarterback who watches enough tape that his opinion is one to be listened to. And 20th sounds about right for Smith. Smith held his own over the past couple of seasons with the three quarterbacks listed ahead of him (Dalton, Carolina’s Cam Newton at 18 and Rivers). Smith two years ago guided the 49ers to the brink of a Super Bowl appearance and last season was leading the league in passer rating when he was benched.
But, still, wouldn’t you rather have Newton or Rivers quarterbacking the Chiefs this season?
For what it’s worth, having the 20th-ranked starting quarterback is a two-spot jump for the Chiefs over last year, when Matt Cassel was the 22nd-ranked passer in Jaworski’s preseason rankings.
Cassel has moved on to the Minnesota Vikings, where he opens camp as the backup for Christian Ponder. Ponder, by the way, is ranked 27th by Jaworski.
Join the Discussion
The Kansas City Star is pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news. Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere on the site or in the newspaper. We encourage lively, open debate on the issues of the day, and ask that you refrain from profanity, hate speech, personal comments and remarks that are off point. Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.