There has been a great deal of debate concerning who the Kansas City Chiefs will take with their number one pick. Well my early guess here is the Chiefs go after a player whom they believe could potentially be the face of the franchise.
I believe that player could be Geno Smith, WVU.
Coach Andy Reid is a quarterback guy. Say what you will about the man in other facets, but he knows how to develop quarterbacks—period!
Brett Favre, Donovan McNabb, Kevin Kolb, Michael Vick, hell even Jeff Garcia played better under Reid’s guidance—the man’s a QB guru plain and simple.
Fast forward to today, and we have Reid saying the following:
“I have looked at the roster and there are some good football players on this football team,” Reid said. “The quarterback position, I’m going to dig in and look at that and we’ll build that thing. We’ll see how that whole thing builds out. I need to spend some time working at it, though. I’ve got to find that next Len Dawson, doggone it. It might be right here, it might not.” – ProFootballTalk.com
So, who is the Len Dawson?
Well let’s eliminate the fading Matt Cassel from the mix. Many suspect the Chiefs will cut ties with Cassel and avoid the absorbent $7.5 million they owe him.
That leaves us Brady Quinn and Ricky Stanzi…..I’ll give ya a minute to chew on that.
OK, time’s up and what have we learned here? There is no Len Dawson-type QB on this roster, and don’t expect the Chiefs to find what they’re looking for in the open market.
Andy Reid is gonna want another QB he can develop. A guy who can adapt quickly to his scheme, grow with him (Reid) as a player and potentially be…well the next Len Dawson.
Smith is a sizable quarterback at 6’3”, 230 pounds, and he’s incredibly mobile. Smith set all sorts of records in the Orange Bowl, but he also shattered a slew of school records too.
In short, the guy is better than advertised and I believe Andy Reid already knows this.
Does he have some kinks to iron out, of course. What rookie doesn’t? Does he have what it takes to excel at the next level? No doubt about it.
In the coming months, I believe Cassel hits the open market paving the road for Smith’s expected arrival. Brady Quinn will serve as a competition backup as usual, and Ricky Stanzi will be celebrating the fact he simply has a job for another season.
In the fairy tale land that I sometimes live in, I could also see the Chiefs reaching out to Packers receiver Greg Jennings and scooping up Kyle Long, OT, Oregon.
At the very least, that scenario would allow Howie Long to talk soup all day about BOTH sons.
What say you Kansas City? Arrowhead was once a feared stadium to play in. Do you think Smith is the answer? Do you have your own ideas? Let me know below.
Next up is the Oakland Raiders.
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