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Chiefs Mailbag: Can Alex Smith win a Super Bowl with the Chiefs?

Answering questions from Chiefs Kingdom

You ask, I answer:

Todd from Little Rock: Do you truly believe the Chiefs can get to the Super Bowl and win with Alex Smith at quarterback?

On any given Sunday, the Kansas City Chiefs with Alex Smith at quarterback are good enough to beat the best teams in the NFL, and they've proven that this season.

The New England Patriots (AFC) and Seattle Seahawks (NFC) are the two best teams in their respective conferences right now, and Smith and the Chiefs beat both of them.

Next to actually winning the Super Bowl, which is obviously the only way to show you can do it, the best way to prove you can is to go up against the best teams in the NFL and beat them.

In the Chiefs' 41-14 blowout of the Patriots on Monday Night Football earlier this season, Smith went 20 of 26 for 248 yards and three touchdowns in the victory. Against the best team in the NFL this season, Smith took to the biggest stage and played some of the best football of his career.

The margins for error are different for every team, and it's been just a handful of plays in each game this season that have made the difference. The Chiefs are good enough to be on the right side of those plays; they just need to be more consistent in making them.


Bryan from Los Angeles: Are you surprised at how much of an impact Albert Wilson has made recently?

I wrote about Wilson this week and the answer is an emphatic "no."

Going back to training camp, Wilson was a standout almost every day we were out there and I personally missed just one practice. He's fast and he knows what to do with the ball in his hands as evidenced by the long list of school records he owns at Georgia State (Find them here).

There's a lot of credit given to him recently because he's led the team in yards receiving with 209, but some of the biggest plays we've had in the short passing game or running game during that time, Wilson was setting a key block on the outside.

For an undrafted rookie to succeed in some of the finer details of playing the position the way that Wilson has, there can't be enough credit given to the Chiefs personnel staff for finding him and the coaching staff for developing him.

He's going to be a nice addition to this offense for a while.

Sarah from Topeka: Who has been the biggest surprise player on the defense this season?

For me, Sean Smith has been fantastic at cornerback this year and helped lead a passing defense that ranks as one of the best in the NFL.

Looking back at last year and even this year in the preseason, the Chiefs defense had a tendency to give up some big plays, but they've been great this season having not allowed a 300-yard passer or a reception of 50-plus yards.

Smith's 18 passes defensed this season is also career high for him.

With the help of others the 2006 Kansas City Chiefs advance to the playoffs on the final Sunday of the season

Ben from Overland Park: Will the Chiefs be watching the scoreboard on Sunday for updates on the Cleveland-Baltimore and Jacksonville-Houston games?

Alex Smith was asked this question in the locker room today and his answer was pretty simple: they have to take care of business by beating the Chargers for any of those other things to matter.

That said, he said if the scores come up on the scoreboard, "I'm sure we'll be looking."

 Adam from Lee's Summit: What's the best thing about working with Mitch Holthus?

Besides the fact that he's one of the best in the business and has been for the more than 20 years he's been the "Voice of the Chiefs," Mitch is also one of the nicest people you'll ever meet.

He might also be the busiest person I've ever met. I'm not sure the guy ever sleeps. There's nobody I've learned more from since I started working here in July than Mitch.

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