The answer to that question is yes and no. No doubt the Chiefs desperately needed a quarterback. That could be the missing piece to the puzzle. The Chiefs have a run game and play solid defense. Last year was a mess in large part due to the lack of success at the quarterback position. Alex Smith has improved over the past 3 years and has playoff experience. He's become a winner. But is he the right fit for the Chiefs?
Like I said the answer is yes and no. Let's start with the yes:
It makes perfect sense for the Chiefs to go after the best available quarterback. Clearly they had no intentions of drafting Geno Smith with the first overall pick. So they went out and found a seasoned veteran to run the offense. Smith has proven to do two things. He's not going to win you a ball game but on the other hand he probably won't lose the game for you either. Smith doesn't turn the ball over often. He had the highest QBR before suffering a concussion which ultimately ended his career in San Francisco due to the emergence of Colin Kaepernick. So yes the Chiefs did the right thing and found a proven quarterback to lead a team that is built to contend right away.
On the other hand the answer to this question is also no. Andy Reid is the head coach of the Kansas City Chiefs now. We all know he's a pass happy coach and has no problem calling 50 passing plays a game. That isn't Alex Smith's strength. Smith excels in the short passing game while allowing his running backs carry the load. Smith is used to throwing on average about 22 times a game at the most. He's going to have to double that amount under coach Reid. That is unless Reid decides to utilize the dynamic Jamaal Charles out of the backfield to take pressure off Smith. One thing we do know is that Reid has worked wonders with a bunch of QB's. I can see Reid using Smith much like he used Donnovan McNabb. Limit the passing attempts and play efficient ball controlled offense.
The Chiefs have a bunch of good players on both sides of the ball. No disrespect to the intelligent defensive coordinator Romeo Crennel, but he's just not fit to be a head coach and neither was his predecessor Todd Haley who is a very good offensive coordinator. Now they get Andy Reid who commands instant respect and the knowledge and wisdom players will pay attention to.
I think bringing in Alex Smith was the best move the Chiefs could have made this off-season. Kansas City has a very good team. I believe coach Reid will bring it out of them and Smith will have a very productive season.