The Chiefs quarterback compares his situation to what happened with the 49ers and Colin Kaepernick.
The moment he heard the name of Pat Mahomes, the images paraded through the mind of Alex Smith. After 13 years in the NFL, there is not much that the current quarterback Kansas City Chiefs have not seen or situation that has happened.
Having to give the post to someone younger than him is, unfortunately, something that he lived during his stay in San Francisco , where he lost ownership at the hands of a young man named Colin Kaepernick, and knows that the possibility of that Repeat with Mahomes is more than latent.
He understands and accepts it. He is aware that he has already begun counting down his tenure as the starter in Kansas City. It would be innocent not to think otherwise.
“I think the Chiefs are committed to me just for this year,” said the 49ers exquarterback in an interview with ESPN. “That’s nature. If you do not go out and do your job, Coach Reid is very honest. You must go out and do your thing. Apply for all “.
The wisdom that is only gained over the years gives Smith a new perspective, because he insists that this is the mentality that must always have, with or without Mahomes breathing close.
“Whether we have selected Patrick or not, does not change anything, right? If you are not good enough, if you do not do your job, you will not have it for a long time. This is how the position works . ”
If anyone knows, it’s Smith, who was San Francisco’s first draft pick in 2005 and eventually took title to veteran Tim Rattay in the middle of that year and kept it for a good part of seven seasons until a Kaepernick Second year he applied the same trick to him, banishing him from the Bay to Kansas City.
It is the cycle of life. The food chain. As George Washington Duke said in Rocky V: It is the young lion against the old lion. It is so obvious that Smith himself accepts the comparison.
“Yes, there is some similarity,” he acknowledged. “I am the oldest quarterback and they selected a young man they are looking to develop.”
He says it well, it’s the old man. He does not regret and knows that he only has to do what he deserves. The rest is out of reach.
“I’ve been through it, and I get it. If any of us were the manager, and in my opinion we are talking about the most important position in the whole sports world, it would be a mistake not to accumulate talent, “he said. “You understand. And that should not change my focus. I still feel like I can play for a few years. Honestly, I think I keep getting better. ”
Maybe, but he does not have much time to prove it. At least not in Kansas City.