New Quarterbacks Look to Bolster Chiefs Offense

Published 07/24 2013 04:47PM

Updated 07/24 2013 07:40PM

(ST. JOSEPH, Mo.) The 2012 Chiefs Training Camp featured names like Cassel and Quinn, but just one year later, the 2013 edition has new -- but familiar -- faces leading the charge.

"There's a fresh start. It's a new beginning for everybody," Alex Smith said referring to his new surroundings.

In the off season, the Chiefs added Smith, a quarterback that led the 49ers to 19 wins in his last 25 regular season starts, and former University of Missouri quarterback Chase Daniel who is still waiting for his first starting job. The new additions are making for a friendly rivalry at the position.

"We're just looking for competition within the quarterback group for everybody," Daniel said. "I think everyone's come here to get better -- to make this team better first and foremost -- and just go out there and compete. That's really what makes a team good."

"I think it's an extremely hungry group," Smith said. "This entire locker room is hungry. Expectations are high, and I think those are good things."

The expectations are especially high for Smith who came to the Chiefs in a trade from the 49ers for draft picks.

From 2005 to 2010 Smith through 51 touchdowns and 53 interceptions for San Francisco. Under Jim Harbaugh the past two seasons though, he was picked off ten times and threw 30 touchdowns. Smith points to the success of the team for his turnaround.

"I think we got better as a team. I got better as well," Smith said. "I think once we got the ball rolling, and got some momentum and confidence I just kind of kept it going."

Daniel hasn't got his shot as a starting quarterback yet, but credits his growth thus far to Saints All-Pro quarterback Drew Brees, who he backed up for three seasons in New Orleans.

"I think not only on the field but off the field as well," Daniel said. "Not only to prepare as a quarterback, but how to go about getting yourself ready for a game and how to go about getting yourself ready for the off-season work that you have to do."

Now Smith and Daniel are building a relationship as they spearhead the Chiefs new offensive attack.

"Alex has been a great guy, and he's been a great friend. I told him that I respect him as a player. What he does, how he handles himself on and off the field," Daniel said.

The two quarterbacks look to build on that camaraderie as camp heats up over the coming weeks.

"I think it's the fun part now," Smith said. "We get the pads on and get to real football."

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