If you have watched the Kansas City Chiefs this season you would probably agree the entire team has been awful. On an NFL football team everything revolves around the quarterback. The Kansas City quarterbacks have had 19 turnovers so far. Obviously to win games the Chiefs will need to fix that problem. This season is pretty much over for the Chiefs with their record at 2-10. Their play at quarterback needs to get better long term not just this season. In my opinion there four ways that they can go about doing that. Those are drafting a quarterback, signing a free agent QB,trading for their leader, or sticking with their current starter Brady Quinn. There are no quarterbacks available this off-season that are going to be definite solutions for the Chiefs, but there are some possible solutions out there this offseason. In the draft this season some of the quarterbacks may be Matt Barkely, Geno Smith, Collin Klein, Tyler Wilson, Aaron Murray, EJ Manuel, and Landry Jones. Michael Vick will most likely be released based on his play and the fact that earlier this week Andy Reid said that Vick was benched for Nick Foles for the remainder for the season. Alex Smith may be available this off-season if the Collin Kaepernick project works out in San Fransisco. Brady Quinn is also an option especially if he continues to play up to the level that he played at this past Sunday in a win against the Carolina Panthers. There are multiple ways that the Kansas City Chiefs could go with their quarterback position for the future. If I were the GM in KC my list of the top 5 possible quarterbacks for the team’s future are as follows.
1 Geno Smith – Geno is probably the highest rated QB coming into the draft this coming off-season, and he is said to be the most NFL ready QB in the draft. Geno’s arm is the best thing about him, unlike many great college quarterbacks, but an arm is what they want in the NFL. He can
rack up astonishing amounts of yards and touchdowns. He is great at the long bomb and is very accurate as well. Geno went the first six games this season without throwing a single interception. Smith has a fantastic touchdown to interception ratio of 40/6, and he also has a great
completion rating of 71.4%. He has thrown for over 4,000 yards for the second season in a row. Geno Smith led a high powered offense this season, and I have confidence that he could transform the Chiefs offense into a lethal winning machine for years to come. If I were the GM of the
Chiefs and I wasn’t going to trade the number 1 overall draft pick that the Chiefs look destined to get I would spend it on Geno Smith.
2 Collin Klein – Optimus Klein has obviously had a great season otherwise he wouldn’t be one of the three Heisman finalist invited to the ceremony this Saturday. Many of the NFL scouts are down on Klein’s stock because of he isn’t the prolific passer that most NFL quarterbacks are. Around this time last year those same scouts were saying the same thing about a certain Seattle quarterback who has 19 touchdowns so far in his rookie season. Klein is also a great play-maker, if the pocket breaks down then he can scramble for lots of yardage or escape the rush and then make a play with his arm. Collin reminds me of Russel Wilson, the quarterback, with almost the same running ability as Tim Tebow. Collin Klein would be a great play-making quarterback to have for the future of this franchise. He would never throw like Tom Brady, but he has a lot of other great things about his play, such as his 22 rushing touchdowns on the season, that would make me happy, as the GM, about the way that he could take this team. Back in 2010 when the Broncos selected Tim Tebow 21st overall. Everyone thought that they were crazy, but that little bit of crazy got them a playoff spot last season. It would be crazy, in the eyes of many scouts, for the Chiefs to take Collin Klein early in the draft as a starter, but maybe that little bit of crazy is just what they need.
3 Alex Smith – It is not a sure bet that Alex will be available come this off-season, but if he is available you can be sure teams will be after him. Smith last season and the first part of this season was very successful. He lead his team to the NFC Championship Game last season, and would
have most likely won it if his team’s punt returner wouldn’t have fumble the ball at such an inopportune time. This season he was one completion away from being in the record books as the quarterback with the best completion percent in a single game, minimum of 20 attempts. Alex went 18 for 19 in that game. Smith is really good but not great. He doesn’t have that arm for huge down the field throws and can’t make plays all by himself. He isn’t an electrifying or thrilling player. Even with that said he is a really good quarterback He would be a great fit for the Chiefs for a few years, since he is older than all of these draft picks.
4 Aaron Murray – Mr. Murray is only a junior so there is a possibility that he may not come out for the draft this time, and if he does he most likely will not be a high round pick. I think that Aaron Murray is grossly underrated, and I would take him in a heartbeat in one of the later rounds. The reason the scouts are so low on Aaron’s stock is that he is only 6′ 1″. Drew Brees had the same problem when he was entering the league, but look where he is now. Murray has thrown 31 touchdowns this season on SEC defenses which are the best defenses in the entire nation. I know that everyone is tired of hearing how good the SEC is, as am I, but their defenses are superior to the rest of the nation, just look at this past decades national champions and it is said that defense wins championships. Murray has also racked up about 3500 yards threw the air this season. Aaron Murray will probably be taken around the 6th round, and if you remember Tom Brady, one of the best quarterbacks in the league, was taken in the 6th round as well.
5 Brady Quinn – Brady Quinn has already seen some action with the Chiefs this season, and will presumably be the starter the rest of the way. Quinn had a great performance this past Sunday against the Carolina Panthers especially considering the circumstances. Brady threw for 201 yards 2 touchdowns in probably the best game of his career. Brady was drafted in the first round by Cleveland back in 2009 out of Notre Dame. He didn’t live up to expectations there and then went on to have the back up job in Denver for two years behind Tim Tebow and Kyle Orton. Quinn is not a great or fantastic player by any means, but he is a decent middle of the road starter in the NFL if he can keep the job in KC. He would be the most conservative choice of any of the quarterbacks I have mentioned. Conservative doesn’t usually turn around a 2-10 record. If Brady Quinn could gain this starting job for the Chiefs I would expect them to be around 8-8 year in and year out. If mediocrity is what your looking for as coach or a GM, then you shouldn’t have a job in the NFL. Quinn would be better than Cassel, but he couldn’t win the Chiefs a Super Bowl.
With all of that said I expect the Chiefs to do one of these two options. I think that they may trade down to the Buffalo Bills spot, which is projected at 13 and get and inside linebacker or a cornerback to help the secondary, and get a lot of picks. In that scenario the Chiefs would take a quarterback like Collin Klein or Aaron Murray late in the draft. Kansas City could also just stick with Brady Quinn next season, if in Scott Pioli’s “expertise” (that got the Chiefs to 2-10) Brady would do enough this season to earn that. Like I said I would go with Geno Smith. What would you do?