Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith was fired up after beating the Chargers in last season’s opener.
Alex Smith is unquestionably the Chiefs starting quarterback this season. But the first time Smith throws an interception, it’s not unheard of to think fans will be chanting the name of his rookie understudy: Patrick Mahomes.
Why? The Chiefs traded up in the draft and used a first-round pick on a quarterback for the first time since 1983. Take a close look at our special season preview illustration, where we embedded a few memorable, and not-so-memorable, names from the past 30-plus years of Chiefs quarterbacks. (
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Once the season starts and things get rough, can starting Chiefs QB Alex Smith block out the noise calling for Patrick Mahomes to take his job?
Illustration by Neil Nakahodo
Maybe Mahomes will have his time this year, but most likely he’s learning for the seasons to come. So for the Chiefs to win it all this year, Smith will have to block out the noise.
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