One more thing on Alex Smith…

While going through Peter King's MMQB column just now, the following line jumped out:

He’s going to complete 64 percent or so of his throws, he’s going to limit mistakes, and he’s going to give Kansas City a good chance to win most Sundays.

Of course, we just got done taking another look at Smith's numbers.

Here are Captain Checkdown's completion figures by year:

  • 2005: 50.9%
  • 2006: 58.1%
  • 2007: 48.7%
  • 2009: 60.5%
  • 2010: 59.6%
  • 2011: 61.3%
  • 2012: 70.2%
  • 2013: 60.6%

That's a career completion rate of 59.5% in an era of unprecedented completion rates.

Obviously, Smith proved in 2012 that he is capable of completing more passes.

But it's also a clear outlier among his career numbers.

There's a long way from 59.5% and 60.6% to 64%, even if the Peter King types would love to tell us otherwise.

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