Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid announced that Alex Smith will not start this weekend despite being concussion-free, giving Nick Foles the nod.
This is going to be very interesting. On Wednesday, Reid stepped to the podium and gave what qualifies as a surprising piece of information. Despite Alex Smith being cleared of a concussion, he wil not start this weekend against the Jaguars.
Reid stated that it is only because Smith ha a bump on his head while his ear continues to heal from the laceration it sustained on Sunday in the 30-14 win over the Indianapolis Colts. With that, Foles will earn his first start since last year, when he was benched by the St. Louis Rams in favor of Case Keenum.
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Foles looked very good in his first real action with the Chiefs, completing 16-of-22 passes for 223 yards and a pair of touchdowns. If he can duplicate that effort, Kansas City should be just fine against a Jacksonville team that is both 2-5 and looking to be in a death spiral. Of course, this is the NFL, and no game is a sure thing.
If Foles comes out and earns the victory while lighting it up, we could have a quarterback controversy on our hands whether Reid likes it or not. The Chiefs have long been thought to be held back at times by Smith’s conservative nature. That’s certainly not a problem with Foles, who loves to sling the ball.