Alex Smith
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"Alexander Douglas "Alex" Smith" is an American American football/football quarterback for the Kansas City Chiefs of the National Football League (NFL). He was the List of first overall National Football League draft picks/first overall pick by the San Francisco 49ers in the 2005 NFL Draft.

Smith played college football for the Utah Utes football/Utah Utes. In 2004, he was named the Mountain West Conference Player of the Year and led the Utes to a 2005 Fiesta Bowl/Fiesta Bowl victory and a national top-five finish. He played for six different offensive coordinators in his first six seasons in the NFL with San Francisco, and he struggled with injuries and consistency. In 2011, Smith enjoyed his strongest statistical season of his career and led the 49ers to the NFC West division title. In the middle of the 2012 season, Smith sustained a concussion and was replaced by Colin Kaepernick. Kaepernick started the remainder of the season's games, despite Smith being subsequently medically cleared to play. Following the season, he was traded to Kansas City in 2013 where he led them to a 9-0 start and their first playoff berth in 3 years.

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I'm sure they're going to crowd the box and not give much respect to our passing game. The first win was a much bigger deal (than the first TD pass). To get that first one is a big deal, I'm not going to lie, but I'd rather do the little things, not turn the ball over and help us win.

It's going to be a great learning experience, no matter what the circumstances are. This is the dream of almost every kid.

We all kind of have a chip on our shoulder. Let us be the youngest quarterbacks in the NFL, you know? Let people talk about us. We're going to get it done and we'll take pride in that.

It's the same type of technology, now just on steroids.

We said at the beginning of the season we wanted to be NFC South champions, and I don't know how many people outside the locker room really believed that. But once we stepped on that field the first day in training camp, nobody here doubted what we could do.

It's just different. I had a target on me in college, but it's not like the target you have when an NFL quarterback rolls out of the pocket. Everyone's eyes light up, and everybody just turns and reacts to you. It wasn't like that at other levels.

The running game is a quarterback's best friend.

I think they were reading a rookie quarterback's eyes, and a few times I gave myself away. I've got to learn when to force some things, and when to throw things away. I talked to Peyton (afterward), and he says it's going to get better.

It's what we've been working for. We said we want to be NFC South champions. I don't know how many people outside the locker room believed that was possible.