By Jeremy Branham

Houston (CBS Houston) – Kansas City quarterback Alex Smith is in his 11th season in the NFL, and the question that hangs over him still is the same, “is he just a game manager?”

Smith, the number one overall pick in 2005, has had an up and down career. At his peak, he was selected to his only Pro Bowl in 2013 after throwing for 23 touchdowns and 3313 yards. At his lowest, he threw only one touchdown against 11 interceptions in nine games during his rookie year in San Francisco.

Since joining the Chiefs in 2013, Smith has strived in Kansas City. The aforementioned Pro Bowl, three straight winning seasons, two eleven win seasons as well. Game manager? It depends on you ask, but whatever he is labeled, Texans head coach Bill O’Brien knows he’s difficult to defend.

“He has a unique skill set, he’s a very good passer of the football, but he also can run. He’s a really exceptional athlete,” O’Brien said.

Of course Smith was at the helm of last season’s 30-0 win over the Texans in the AFC Wild Card round, but Smith was very average in the game completing 17 of 22 passes, throwing for 190 yards, one touchdown, one interception and rushing for 27 yards on five carries while being sacked three times.

Smith was great at times in last week’s come from behind win against San Diego, throwing for 363 yards on 34 of 48 passing with two touchdowns and one interception.


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