Chief Concerns: Connor Dawson
Now, I’ve never been much of a Chase Daniel fan. Although the majority of my dislike for him comes from my roots as a Kansas Jayhawk fan, I’ve learned throughout the year that he really isn’t a very special player.
I mean, after all, he has made a career as a backup.
This past off-season, the Chiefs awarded Chase Daniel with a nice, cushy contract worth about $10 million over three years. To me, that contract says that the Chiefs are serious about Daniel as the second man down the depth chart for the future. After all, $10 million is a lot of money for a guy who hasn’t proven himself at all outside of the preseason, especially given that a proven player like Russell Wilson doesn’t even make that much money.
But, so far, Daniel hasn’t proven that he is worth that money. In fact, he hasn’t proven that he should earn more than our undrafted free agent Tyler Bray, who has played leaps and bounds better than Daniel in training camp.
At camp, I’ve seen inconsistency out of Daniel. He doesn’t have the ideal body for a quarterback and doesn’t have the skillset of guys like Bray and Alex Smith.
In fact, I would prefer Bray to Daniel right now in terms of the depth chart.
The problem I have with Daniel is that he just isn’t that great of a quarterback and he has no playmaking ability that makes me want him in the game if Alex Smith were to get hurt. In a way, he reminds me of Todd Collins. He is an alright player who will stay in the league because of the logistical side, but he doesn’t have the intangibles to create plays at his position.
To put it bluntly, I don’t think the Chiefs have a chance at offensive success with Daniel under-center.
That being said, I think it is time for the Chiefs to step it up a notch in the development of Tyler Bray. He has been nothing short of fantastic in training camp so far. From what we have seen of Bray, so far, he has improved from what he was able to do in college. In college, he was an erratic passer. Now, I’ve seen him show the ability to make the decision to either take a chance or checkdown. He has shown the ability to throw the ball down the field with accuracy. For instance, he hit Josh Bellamy on a fly pattern for a 30-plus yard touchdown.
Daniel, though, hasn’t shown me that he has that ability. While Bray is making in-practice adjustments, Daniel is struggling. It is Daniel’s lack of adapatability that doesn’t make me excited about having him as the backup quarterback.
But, with Bray, the Chiefs have a chance to develop him into a pretty good quarterback. With Daniel, he has hit his ceiling. But with Bray, we aren’t really aware of how high the ceiling is. That being said, I believe that Andy Reid needs to put Bray above Daniel in the depth chart because, if Smith gets hurt, Bray is the quarterback that has the best chance to create offensive success.