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Jason Avant

Sam Mellinger: Out of excuses, Chiefs QB Smith needs to deliver best season of his career

KANSAS CITY, Mo. Alex Smith can thank the position he plays and the Royals' run to last year's World Series, because by now there is no question that his name is the easiest way to start an argument in Kansas City. Smith is the Chiefs' quarterback, and three years into his time here, he understands the baggage that comes with that title. He is the eighth backup from somewhere else to start for the Chiefs in the 37 years since they won a game with a quarterback they drafted. He is, depending on how you do the math, the sixth primary quarterback in the 21 years since the Chiefs won a game in the playoffs. There are those of us who think Smith is a good quarterback. Not...