First, the Bronco front office is on top of its game and working extremely closely with McDaniels. McDaniels has certainly created some sort of decision points, possibly around the preseason games, where if he fails to see something he wants, he institutes a plan of action. It means something I think most people at MHR following every McD move have recognized, this guy has a plan for everything and is not overwhelmed in his duties.
What makes this an even more interesting pick up is that McD is not only instituting plans, but is doing it in a manner that shows he is out-thinking and out-planning his opponents. He takes notice of his opponent's actions and develops counteractions immediately. What am I talking about?
The Chiefs played their hand on picking up almost any NE waiver wire release by taking QB Gutierrez and LB Redd earlier in the month. The Chiefs based on last year's record will continue to get dibs on every waiver wire pick up after STL and DET, atleast they have 3rd dibs. Lombardi notes how, after these pick ups, no one will get the chance to pick up an ex-NE Pats guy b/c Pioli is gonna take 'em. Well, McD didn't read Lombardi (maybe he did or Xanders did), but he did make sure he beat KC to the punch to fill a Denver need and ensure KC didn't gain good depth on their DL. It shows both recognition of what an opponent is doing and taking necessary counteraction.
Smith is looking like a cut for the Pats especially with Brace getting drafted so high, so a quality backup was most likely going right to our rival's roster. In fact, I bet the Chiefs already had a locker nameplate ready. While he may not be a starter, he certainly will add depth and, based on the talent in NE, my guess is he will play.
While we don't really know who gets the credit, we can get confidence that the Bronco's plans for this roster didn't stop after signing the UFAs. The plan is constantly developing, changing......like an ameoba!