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Alex Smith doesn’t know what “game manager” means

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KANSAS CITY, MO - SEPTEMBER 15: Quarterback Alex Smith of the Kansas City Chiefs throws a pass down field against the Dallas Cowboys during the first half on September 15, 2013 at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Peter Aiken/Getty Images)

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Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith has heard himself referred to as a “game manager,” but he’s not quite sure why.

“I have no idea what that means,” Smith said when asked on NFL Network what he thinks of the game manager label.

What it means is that Smith is good enough not to lose games for his team, but not good enough to be the primary reason his team wins games. It’s something of a backhanded compliment, but Smith says he’s not particularly worried about whether he gets criticism, praise or anything in between.

“At this point in my career I’ve been playing long enough that I don’t really care what anybody’s saying,” Smith said. “I care about the guys in this locker room, the guys in this building and going out there and winning football games. They can call me whatever they want to call me as long as we’re winning, so fine with me.”

Smith isn’t playing at anywhere near the level of the two other quarterbacks of undefeated teams, Peyton Manning in Denver and Drew Brees in New Orleans. But he says he’s playing well enough to win, and that’s all that matters.

“When the games have been on the line and we’ve had to make plays, we’ve made them,” Smith said.

If that makes Smith a game manager, he can live with that. So can the Chiefs.