Chiefs head coach Andy Reid says he is not worried about the performance of veteran quarterback Alex Smith despite his recent slump according to Adam Teicher of ESPN.
“I think Alex is OK,” Reid said. “We’ve had a couple of weeks here when we’ve been in a little bit of a slump and we’ve got to pull out of it and get better. That’s all of us.” Smith might be able to bust out of his slump down the stretch, but his numbers are down across the board from last season including yards per attempt (7.4 last year to 6.9), touchdown percentage (4.3 to 3), passer rating (95.4 to 91.2) and rushing (31 yards per game to 6). Smith’s struggles have showed up most noticeably when they hurt the most: on third down and inside the opponent’s 20-yard line. Smith is the NFL’s 26th-rated passer on third down.
And the problems cannot be completely blamed on Smith’s struggles as the entire offense has only scored 18 touchdowns thus far this season. That’s not going to be good enough in a stacked AFC West division where even the last-place San Diego Chargers have loads of offensive firepower.