The Kansas City Chiefs took a gamble this offseason when they traded away veteran quarterback Alex Smith to make way for second-year quarterback Patrick Mahomes, who Kansas City invested a first-round draft pick in at the 2017 NFL Draft.
Smith had been a consistent play manager for the Chiefs, getting them to the postseason and minimizing turnovers along the way. But, it seems that Andy Reid wanted someone who could take the offense to the next level, and Mahomes has done just that so far this season.
Entering today’s game against the Browns, Mahomes already had an MVP-worthy resume with over 2,500 passing yards and 26 touchdown passes. He threw two more touchdowns in the first half today, bringing his season total to 28… through eight and a half weeks. (Remember, Mahomes still has a whole half to add to his total.)
And, if someone still had doubts about whether or not the Chiefs made the right decision to trade away Smith, take a look at this stat.
Smith has never been viewed as a big numbers quarterback. He’s a solid game manager, but he’s not exactly the guy you would really want to lead a game-winning drive. The Chiefs had a balanced offensive attack under Smith, and he was never the star performer.
This year, Kansas City has the benefit of having a quarterback who can make big plays with his arm. There’s no doubt the Chiefs were right to move on to Mahomes. The only question now is whether Andy Reid can finally nab that first Super Bowl title now that he’s got the quarterback he wants.