Smith maintained during the draft process that the Chiefs were transparent. On Monday, the team's general manager revealed just how open they were about their desire to take a quarterback.
"You know, Alex is the consummate professional. He's been through these types of situations before and we made sure we communicated with Alex leading up to the draft that we may make a move like this," John Dorsey said on Good Morning Football. "And when we were on the clock and traded up with Buffalo, we made sure we again got in contact with Alex and he's all on board with this.
"Listen, Alex Smith, his four years here, has the fourth-winningest record in the National Football League since he's been here. That guy understands -- this is his team. And the young guy understands -- he's going to learn and develop these certain traits that it takes to be a quarterback in this league."
We're now firmly in tightrope-walking season. If the Chiefs were so amazed by Smith's record, why would they be looking to move on in the first place? Is Smith actually thrilled, or is he simply smarter now having gone through this in San Francisco with Colin Kaepernick? Also, does Patrick Mahomes really plan on sitting for two seasons?
Kansas City is one of the few markets that might be able to handle a baton-passing scenario, though none of them seem to go according to plan. Chiefs fans are well aware of the team's veteran-laden roster and possess some high expectations for 2017. Would they hesitate for a moment to boo Smith if he wasn't maximizing the talent around him?
At least for now, the Chiefs are doing the right thing by trying to keep everyone happy. A true test of their plan will be how long this honeymoon period lasts.