“Kansas City will trade its second-round pick in the 2013 draft — the second selection (No. 34 overall) in the round — as well as another conditional mid-round pick in 2014 to acquire [Alex] Smith from San Francisco, a league source told ESPN.”
John Clayton, ESPN.com
GH: That price is WAY more than was previously floated about by some NFL experts who were talking about a fourth-round pick being enough to get the 49ers’ backup quarterback. But the Chiefs are desperate for a QB. I believe after they got an up-close look at the available QB talent at the NFL combine they became even more desperate – the 34th overall-pick desperate.
“I think that gap between [Geno Smith] and the next guy is pretty wide – but [Geno] just didn’t look that good throwing the ball at times. … His ball placement was kind of inconsistent which has always been a knock on him. … I could poke holes in the other quarterbacks but with Geno not as long. Geno Smith was far and away the best quarterback we saw in Indy.”
Matt Miller, 810 AM
GH: I think the Chiefs also saw Geno as the best quarterback pick in the draft and that scared them into offering the 49ers their 34th overall pick and another pick in 2014. It appears the 2013 QB draft class is just as bad as advertised. Maybe even worse. Get ready for the Chiefs to not draft a QB this April until maybe the fourth round.
“Alex Smith is a leader. He is the total professional quarterback. He’s not sexy, he’s not going to blow you away but he can win you football games in Kansas City. You’re not going to the Super Bowl – don’t pretend you are.”
Damon Bruce, from the San Francisco 49ers radio broadcast team and KNBR, in a Wednesday afternoon interview with Soren Petro, 810 AM
GH: The reality of this statement should boil your Chiefs’ red blood – and your frustration should all be laid at the feet of two individuals; Clark Hunt and Scott Pioli. It was this pairing that allowed the Chiefs to become so quarterback weak that this franchise will begin the 2013 season with hopes of simply being competitive. Clark Hunt strikes again.
“[Alex Smith] is a good competent NFL quarterback to bridge the gap between the Chiefs stinking out loud and becoming a decent football team.”
Damon Bruce, 810 AM
GH: Chiefs fans, meet the bridge to hopefully somewhere. That should be the Chiefs 2013 slogan.
“There is good Alex. There is decent Alex. And there is evil Alex.”
Damon Bruce, 810 AM
GH: I believe Alex is a better Smith than Geno – but neither are probably going to advance the Chiefs past Denver and into the playoffs. I sure as hell hope he is not Steve Bono, Elvis Grbac and Matt Cassel reincarnated – but he sure looks to be. Again, I think he’s probably the Chiefs best option – but what a shame that Clark Hunt and Pioli placed us in this era of mediocrity.
“[Alex] Smith [won’t] drive disgruntled Chiefs fans to the box office. But he would bring wins and added credibility. He would change the culture in Kansas City.”
Adam Schein, NFL columnist, NFL.com
GH: Winning will change the culture of Chiefs fans in Kansas City. Alex and Andy have their work cut out for them.
“If the Chiefs want my opinion: Sign/trade for Alex Smith. Draft Matt Scott in Round 5. Cut Cassel. Sign Bowe. Draft Joeckel.”
Matt Miller, @nfldraftscout, prior to the reports that the Chiefs had traded for Alex Smith, Twitter
“Officiating errors were made at the end of the regulation. The plays have been reviewed and appropriate measures will be taken.”
Big 12 official statement on the Kansas/Iowa State game
GH: The penalty for these errors will be for the Big 12 to “adjust the number of future assignments for two of the officials involved.” Read on.
“It was crushingly disappointing to see the reaction [by the Big 12] of what occurred [in Ames] on Monday night.”
Mike DeCourcy, citing the referees’ calls in not calling a charge on Elijah Johnson but then calling a foul on Georges Niang after they fell to the court, and also incorrectly attributing what would have been Jeff Withey’s fifth foul to Kevin Young, 810 AM
GH: I still do not understand why the fifth foul on Withey was not reviewed. We can complain all we want about officials but the task is a difficult one, probably too difficult in those charged environments for men relying on nothing more than their senses. Replay needs to be elevated to a much higher role or we all should just accept that these games will continue to be poorly officiated.
“I’m sorry, but it’s not his team.”
Aaron Swarts, while discussing the merits of Kansas State’s Bruce Weber as the Big 12 coach of the year, 810 AM
GH: I think Weber is the easy favorite for the Big 12 COTY. Sure, he’s working with Frank Martin’s players but that’s not the easiest task a coach could take on. K-State needs to finish strong but I don’t think the voting will even be close this year. Kansas may win the conference title but this is one of Bill Self’s worst coached teams. He has managed to take a team that we all thought would waltz through the conference and turn the Jayhawks’ Big 12 season into one of the more exciting on record.
“I don’t think [Missouri] is going to be without Phil Pressey next year. I think [the idea of Pressey declaring early for the NBA draft] has been adjusted.”
Steven St. John, 810 AM
GH: Pressey needs another year to understand how to handle pressure, pace and the clock. College is for teaching and a senior year might be just what Flip needs to allow the game to slow down for him.
“I hate to kill anybody but early in my career we paid a guy named Raef LaFrentz more than anybody. When we found out we’d made a mistake we got rid of him.”
Mark Cuban, when asked by Howard Stern what was the biggest mistake he made signing players to the Dallas Mavericks, Sirius XM 100
GH: Cuban was a guest on Stern’s show last week and he made some entertaining sports-related comments. Read on.
“I used to go to a lot of the Mavericks games just as a fan. It was the start of the 1999-2000 season and I was sitting there thinking, ‘I can run this team better than this guy.’ Then I just thought to myself, ‘Wait a minute! I’m a rich motherfucker now! I’ll just buy the team!”
Mark Cuban, when asked how he became the owner of the Dallas Mavericks, Sirius XM
“To even consider it, it would have to be at least a billion dollars. I wouldn’t sell it for anything less than that.”
Mark Cuban, when asked by Stern if he would ever sell the Mavericks, Sirius XM
GH: Cuban said he paid $285 million for the Mavericks in 2000 and that he has no plans to sell the team. Cuban said he tried to buy three MLB teams – the Pirates, the Cubs and the Rangers – but that MLB owners were “scared” of him. Cuban said since there was no salary cap in MLB, they were afraid he would drive the price of player salaries up and ruin the free-agent market. He said they were correct; he would do anything to win. I was sad and somewhat surprised he never seriously considered buying the Royals.
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