While Maclin won't hint at the Chiefs' game plan, he is pleased with the rapport he is building with quarterback
"I think me and Alex are off to a great start," Maclin told ESPN.com. "I think our comfort level with each other is pretty high. It kind of feels like this is not our first rodeo. I think we’ve hooked up a lot in practice on timing, on plays where he is just kind of throwing the ball and trusting me to make the play and stuff like that. I think we want to continue to get better, but I think we’re off to a great, great start."
Smith is a 10-year veteran who played with Cincinnati last season.
Smith will replace rookie
Maclin came to Kansas City from Philadelphia in the offseason, and his communication with Smith has been more than either player expected.
“I don’t think I’ve ever been off to a better start with a particular quarterback in my life,” Maclin said, per KCChiefs.com.
Offensive coordinator Doug Pederson, like head coach Andy Reid, brought the Philadelphia offense to Kansas City, which has helped Maclin's transition.
“He’s only a couple years removed from our system,” Pederson said. “We’ve changed some things since he’s been in the offense, but he’s such a smart, savvy, veteran guy that he’s picked up on what we’re doing really fast. He and Alex have sort of developed that continuity right away.”
This offseason, Smith has targeted his footwork as one of the main facets of his game he needs to add some fine tuning to.
"For me, footwork is something that never goes away," Smith said. "You're constantly trying to get better with your feet. For me, it's working on being more consistent from being under center and in the [shotgun formation], when I do go back and forth. It's something that looking back on the tape from last year, I was a little bit all over the place and footwork is so important as a quarterback. It's kind of the foundation of throwing. Trying to get to a point where I'm more consistent with that. With that, you're more balanced and I think over the long haul you're going to complete more footballs, you're going to throw better balls."
Decision-making, especially on long plays downfield are another concern Smith is addressing. Last season, he threw just six interceptions but the Chiefs were last in the league in long passes.
"Both lend themselves to throwing the football down the field and being efficient," Smith said. "Any time you've got inefficiencies or wasted movement, things like that, it's only detracting from what you can put on the football. For me, I think both of those things are what I came away with as far as being efficient. Both of those go with being a better quarterback and throwing the ball downfield as well."
Smith threw for 3,265 yards and 18 touchdowns last season.
After suffering a lacerated spleen in Week 16,
Smith sustained the injury after taking a brutal hit to the abdomen against the Steelers in Week 16 and had to sit out the team's regular season finale as a result.
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|2006||San Francisco 49ers||16||16||442||257||58.1||2890||6.54||75||16||16||35/202||34||8||74.8|
|2007||San Francisco 49ers||7||7||193||94||48.7||914||4.74||45||2||4||17/121||11||1||57.2|
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|2009||San Francisco 49ers||11||10||372||225||60.5||2350||6.32||73||18||12||22/134||33||5||81.5|
|2010||San Francisco 49ers||11||10||342||204||59.6||2370||6.93||62||14||10||25/140||30||7||82.1|
|2011||San Francisco 49ers||16||16||445||273||61.3||3144||7.07||56||17||5||44/263||41||6||90.7|
|2012||San Francisco 49ers||10||9||218||153||70.2||1737||7.97||55||13||5||24/137||22||4||104.1|
|2013||Kansas City Chiefs||15||15||508||308||60.6||3313||6.52||71||23||7||39/210||42||6||89.1|
|2014||Kansas City Chiefs||15||15||464||303||65.3||3265||7.04||70||18||6||45/229||40||3||93.4|
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|2006||San Francisco 49ers||16||16||44||147||3.3||22||2||1||12|
|2007||San Francisco 49ers||7||7||13||89||6.8||25||0||2||5|
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|2009||San Francisco 49ers||11||10||24||51||2.1||11||0||0||6|
|2010||San Francisco 49ers||11||10||18||60||3.3||12||0||0||3|
|2011||San Francisco 49ers||16||16||52||179||3.4||14||2||0||13|
|2012||San Francisco 49ers||10||9||31||132||4.3||24||0||1||6|
|2013||Kansas City Chiefs||15||15||76||431||5.7||26||1||5||23|
|2014||Kansas City Chiefs||15||15||49||254||5.2||25||1||2||12|
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|2006||San Francisco 49ers||16||16||0||0||---||0||0||0||0||0|
|2007||San Francisco 49ers||7||7||0||0||---||0||0||0||0||0|
|2008||San Francisco 49ers||0||0||0||0||---||0||0||0||0||0|
|2009||San Francisco 49ers||11||10||1||-6||-6.0||-6||0||0||0||0|
|2010||San Francisco 49ers||11||10||0||0||---||0||0||0||0||0|
|2011||San Francisco 49ers||16||16||0||0||---||0||0||0||0||0|
|2012||San Francisco 49ers||10||9||0||0||---||0||0||0||0||0|
|2013||Kansas City Chiefs||15||15||1||-4||-4.0||-4||0||0||0||0|
|2014||Kansas City Chiefs||15||15||0||0||---||0||0||0||0||0|
|2005||San Francisco 49ers||9||0||0.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|2006||San Francisco 49ers||16||3||3.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|2007||San Francisco 49ers||7||1||1.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|2008||San Francisco 49ers||0||0||0.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|2009||San Francisco 49ers||11||1||1.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|2010||San Francisco 49ers||11||0||0.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|2011||San Francisco 49ers||16||1||1.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|2012||San Francisco 49ers||10||0||0.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|2013||Kansas City Chiefs||15||1||1.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|2014||Kansas City Chiefs||15||2||2.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
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|2009||San Francisco 49ers||11||3||1||0||1||0||0||1||0|
|2010||San Francisco 49ers||11||4||2||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|2011||San Francisco 49ers||16||7||2||0||4||0||0||4||0|
|2012||San Francisco 49ers||10||4||1||0||2||0||0||2||0|
|2013||Kansas City Chiefs||15||7||3||0||1||0||0||1||0|
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