Chiefs fans can probably remember the final drive of last season.
Down 14 points with 6 minutes, 29 seconds left, it took the Chiefs 16 plays and 5:16 to drive 80 yards and put seven points on the board. The drive seemed to plod along, narrowing the Chiefs' window to complete a fourth-quarter comeback in what turned out to be a 27-20 loss to New England in an AFC Divisional playoff game.
Later it was revealed that offensive coordinator Doug Pederson called the plays on the drive and throughout the second half of the season, though coach Andy Reid took criticism for the drive.
Some say Alex Smith calling plays late in games would be beneficial, especially in a two-minute drill, but Smith thinks the opposite.
"I don't think you operate faster. In some ways it's hard to operate like that," Smith said Tuesday before the start of a mandatory minicamp. "I'm playing the game, I'm just trying to execute a play.
"It would be weird to switch all of a sudden, 'Well, these guys play these defenses in two-minute situations, and we should get to these plays.' To have time to get to think like that, to play that chess match, would be hard. Not to say some guys couldn't do it, but I wouldn't want that."
Despite some past struggles in late-game situations, the Chiefs don't plan to change the way they execute this season. Reid will call the plays this year, and Smith will relay them to the huddle.
It has been that way in 11-on-11 so far during the offseason, although the Chiefs haven't run many drills in 2-minutes situations.
"We don't have pads on. This isn't 100 percent real football," Smith said. "It's a little bit of a passing camp, so to speak. ... Those guys, when they get the pads on, we'll really get to see what it's all about."
After the mandatory minicamp concludes Thursday, Smith and the Chiefs will have more than a month before training camp begins in St. Joseph.
It's a short vacation for the Chiefs, but Smith plans to recruit "anyone and everyone" to catch passes for him over the break and keep his arm in shape for camp. He's planning to do other things as well.
"For me it's going to be spending time with my family before the season kicks in, and there will be a little travel," Smith said. "Certainly you're still working out, you're still throwing. ... You really try to keep that going."
Even with some throwing over the break, Smith often comes into training camp with some rust on his arm. But with quarterbacks and rookies set to report early, per usual, he should be back in good shape by the time the veterans show up.
"You wouldn't want to not throw this entire time and then come back to training camp," Smith said. "It's kind of that perfect happy medium of build up to real training camp practice."