Poll results: Alex Smith is upgrade

It seems our readers are convinced the Kansas City Chiefs are getting an upgrade at quarterback over Matt Cassel.

In our AFC West poll this week, we asked if the Chiefs’ planned trade for former San Francisco starter Alex Smith is an upgrade over the Cassel era. As of 4:45 p.m. ET Wednesday, a whopping 85 percent of the voters believe Smith is an improvement. More than 11,000 votes were cast.

I agree with the majority of the voters here. Cassel proved he was incapable of being a quality starter in Kansas City. Smith is a better game manager, he is more efficient and he is more careful with the ball. Smith also has a reputation for being a strong leader. Cassel does not.

So, I understand why this vote was so lopsided. Thanks to everyone who played along.