KANSAS CITY, Mo. – In an evening press conference at Arrowhead Stadium new Chiefs general manager John Dorsey introduced newly acquired quarterback Alex Smith as the team's quarterback.
Dorsey addressed not only Smith's ability to play quarterback at a high level and win games, but also his personality, which the GM said will create an excellent leadership presence in the team's locker room.
After flying into KCI Airport late Tuesday night, Smith made his way to Arrowhead on Wednesday to discuss his future with the storied Chiefs' franchise.
I'm ready for this," Smith said. "I can't say how excited I am for this."
The franchise's fresh quarterback said he recognized team potential during the offseason and immediately saw himself as a future Chief.
Head coach Andy Reid was also present during Wednesday's press conference and addressed the acquisition.
Reid said Smith is "one of the smarter quarterbacks in the league" and "has run a similar offense" with the San Francisco 49ers in the past.
"He has a great feel for the pass game," Reid added.
When Reid was introduced as the Chiefs' head coach on Jan. 4 and said he'd hope to find the next Len Dawson, the only Chiefs quarterback inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
"We're gonna work on getting Alex to the Hall of Fame," Reid said Wednesday.
A fan base starving for an All-Pro quarterback will certainly high aspirations when preseason games begin in early August.
"You want to be great," Smith said, "You want expectations to be high."
Smith passed for a career-high 3,144 yards and added 17 touchdowns in 2011. Last season Smith finished with 1,737 yards, 13 touchdowns and 5 interceptions before leaving during a 24-24 tie in Week 10 the NFC West rival St. Louis Rams.
The impending trade for the quarterback was made public by several sources well before the beginning of the new league year, which began Monday at 3 p.m. The Chiefs traded their 34th overall draft pick in 2013 and a conditional pick in the 2014 draft for the former 49ers quarterback.
The organization has also added several other players during free agency including tight end Anthony Fasano, quarterback Chase Daniel, wide receiver Donnie Avery, defensive tackle Mike DeVito and cornerback Dunta Robinson.