My old friend Robert, a lifelong Kansas City Chiefs fan, is going out of his mind over his team's success this season.
We're one-quarter of the way through the NFL season and his team is one of just five still undefeated, along with Denver, New Eng- land, New Orleans and Seattle.
Those other four teams were expected to be good this season, but the Chiefs? Not so much.
Which makes them the NFL's feel-good story so far this season, especially after the Miami Dolphins were throttled by the Saints on Monday night.
Robert gives much of the credit for the Chiefs' success to quarterback Alex Smith, who was sent packing to Kansas City by 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh during the offseason.
"Last year, it hurt to watch. On offense, they were inept and desperate," Robert texted. "Now, it's fun again. There's competence and an obvious will to win. It's like night and day, especially at quarterback."
Not long ago, Robert lived for five years in Northern California, when the 49ers were just an average team. He never thought much of Smith being selected with the first overall pick in the 2005 NFL draft and still wasn't impressed after Smith nearly led the 49ers to the Super Bowl two years ago and was 6-1-1 when he got hurt last season and was replaced by Colin Kaepernick.
Now, though, Robert figures Smith might just lead the Chiefs back to the playoffs.
And he's happy to point out that Smith has won two more games than Kaepernick.
Which quarterback will lead his team to more wins this season?
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