Bum of the Week - 7/18/14

This week’s loser is Chiefs quarterback, Alex Smith.

As you’ve probably guessed, I’m not a big Alex Smith guy. I don’t hate him, and I don’t think he’s a bad quarterback, but I think he is painfully overrated. He’s 30 years old and has been in the league for eight years, and he’s thrown more than 20 touchdowns ONCE- last season he threw 23. He has topped the 3,000 yard plateau only twice in an era where it is DESIGNED for the quarteback to throw for at least 4,000 yards. So given all of this, how am I supposed to believe that he is one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL when he’s the third-best quarterback in his own division? “Certainly when you’re talking about comparables and what the marketplace is for a quarterback, certainly you’re looking at that,” Smith said recently, when asked about his contract situation. “And I feel like my body of work of the last three, four years is right up there with a lot of those guys. No question, when you’re trying to put a value on something like that, you look at a lot of stuff.” His body of work the last few years? He was quietly horrible (12-26, 196 yards) in the 2011 NFC title game. Then, he was benched in San Francisco in favor of Colin Kaepernick (a situation that he handled with class by the way), and the 49ers couldn’t get rid of him fast enough. Kansas City jumped on him, they started 9-0 last season, and ended the season by dropping five of their last seven games. I’m not going to put the playoff meltdown in Indy on his head because if you put up 44 points, you should win with ease. But to say he’s elite is as laughable as saying Peyton Manning is clutch. Alex Smith is a decent game manager but that is all. He shouldn’t be one of the highest-paid quarterbacks in the league, but his “body of work” has earned him the BUM of the Week.