Alex Smith is used to being disrespected.
After he was the first player drafted in the 2005 Draft, somewhat famously 23 spots ahead of Aaron Rodgers, Smith struggled mightily his first three seasons playing in 32 games and passing 435-800, 54.4%, 4,679, 5.9, 19 TD’s, 31 Int.’s, 21 fumbles and a dismal 63.5 passer rating.
When he was forced to injured reserve for the entire 2008 season with a damaged right shoulder, it was assumed he might be done in San Francisco.
But he returned in 2009 as the backup to Shaun Hill, and after riding the bench for six weeks Smith entered a week seven game against the Texans, rallied the 49ers and remained the starter the rest of the season leading the 49ers to a 5-5 finish and improving his TD-interception ratio to 18-12 and his passer rating to 81.5.
Smith then struggled again in 2010, missed five games with injury and appeared to be on his way out until Jim Harbaugh arrived in 2011 and Smith immediately became a different quarterback.
In two seasons under Harbaugh Smith was 386-663, 58.2%, 4,881, 7.4, 30 TD’s, 10 Int.’s, 90.1, but when he was banged up week 11 of the 2012 season and Colin Kaepernick stepped in, as most of you know Smith was done as a 49er.
Only the Chiefs respected Smith at that point and they gave the 49ers a second round pick in the ’13 Draft and a conditional ’14 pick to make him their starting quarterback.
Over the last four-plus seasons he has been one of the most dependable quarterbacks in the NFL, throwing 84 touchdowns, only 28 interceptions and leading the Chiefs to a 47-21 record including 26-4 in their last 30 regular season games.
Still, last April the Chiefs gave up their 2017 and 2018 first-round draft choices to move up to the 10th spot in the first round and draft Patrick Mahomes.
Immediately stories started circulating Smith was done as a Chief.
While Mahomes was showing off his huge arm and great athleticism this preseason the rumors started all over again, first that the Chiefs would trade Smith to the Jaguars.
Then Ryan Tannehill went down and multiple reports had Smith going to the Dolphins.
When none of that occurred ESPN reported the Chiefs would be fielding offers for Smith after this season.
The Way We Hear It the Chiefs never considered dealing Smith at any time this summer and they have no current plans to deal him at the end of this season either with their starting quarterback, the winningest QB in the league right now, under contract through 2018 at dirt cheap prices by NFL starting QB standards.
Smith is currently the most efficient passer in the NFL with a 124.2 rating, the runaway leader in completion percentage at 76.0%, tied for third in TD’s with eight.
Ironically much like Smith contributed to Rodgers spending three years on the bench in Green Bay, our sources tell us he’ll be keeping Mahomes on the bench for quite a while as well.