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Justin Houston says Chiefs can win a Super Bowl with Alex Smith, need more receivers

Kansas City Chiefs outside linebacker Justin Houston
Kansas City Chiefs outside linebacker Justin Houston The Kansas City Star

Linebacker Justin Houston was asked on ESPN’s “First Take” Tuesday morning whether he believes the Chiefs can win a Super Bowl with Alex Smith at quarterback.

“I’m very convinced,” Houston said. “For the past two years we had winning seasons. This year, I feel like our offensive line struggled a little bit, we had some injuries that caused him to get sacked more than usual. But I think we can do it.”

Co-host Stephen A. Smith then asked what else the Chiefs need to improve.

“We definitely need some more receivers,” Houston said.

The Chiefs became the first team since 1950 to go an entire season without a touchdown by a wide receiver.

Smith also asked how the defense reacted to the offense’s occasional struggles.

“We had our ups and downs,” Houston said to laughter. “It’s a team effort, so the way I see it, if the defense did a better job of not letting them score we could have pulled out some more games.”

So in other words, Smith pressed, Houston just sat there and after the offense struggled to score points and said “we’re a team.”

“No, I didn’t do that,” Houston said. “We’re a family, so I’m going to keep it in-house.”

Houston was also asked whether he sat out Sunday’s Pro Bowl because of his contract situation — he’s a free agent but can be franchise-tagged.

“That’s not true at all,” Houston said. “I woke up early that morning with a stomach virus. So I called the trainers and everything, they just told me to see how I feel later that day.”

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