The Facts: A sequence of three consecutive passes in practice on Saturday illustrate why his coaches believe Smith is having the best training camp of his time with the Kansas City Chiefs. "Things happen faster," co-offensive coordinator Matt Nagy said of the compressed field of the red zone plays. "Lanes are tighter. For him to be able to make some of those throws he made. ... He's really playing fast. His decision making is great. There's no second-guessing."
Diehards Line: As for the three plays in question, in a red zone drill, with all the snaps coming from inside the 20-yard line, Smith fired three straight touchdown passes, and none was of the catch-and-run variety. Each was a throw into the end zone and placed where it needed to be, one a fade to tight end Ross Travis in the back corner, the next a toss in the back of the end zone that the 6-foot-7 Travis had to go up over 5-foot-11 cornerback Steven Nelson to get and finally a strike to wide receiver Jeremy Maclin. Red zone passing hasn't been a strength of Smith's since he joined the Chiefs in 2013. He's never thrown more than 23 touchdown passes in a season and that's including his eight seasons with the San Francisco 49ers. But the Chiefs have worked with Smith about being more aggressive, seeking throws into the end zone and also big passes down the field in other situations. A sequence of three plays doesn't mean Smith is a changed quarterback. But it's a positive sign.