Chief Concerns: Desmond Bailey
There’s a saying:
“The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again but expecting different results.”
I wouldn’t say Kansas City Chiefs fans are insane. Borderline would be a more apt diagnosis. The suggestions I’m reading and hearing KC fans regarding the Chiefs off-season, free agent and draft strategy to upgrade the quarterback position has me losing my own mind.
My favorites amongst the proposed cure-alls entails a pre-draft trade for Washington Redskins QB Kirk Cousins or Seattle Seahawk QB Matt Flynn. Listen, if we’ve learned anything from the Matt Cassel debacle it should be quite simply – don’t trade for anymore Matt Cassel’s.
Like Cassel, Cousins and Flynn were/are backups who had impressive showings in relief of a Pro-Bowl/Hall-of-Fame caliber starter. They also did so in uniquely designed offenses that were specifically crafted and/or augmented to hide their weaknesses and maximize their strengths. Outside of a Charlie Weis-orchestrated offense, Cassel has been putrid…so much so that he may have arguably played himself out of the NFL.
Away from Green Bay HC Mike McCarthy and offensive coordinator Tom Clements, Flynn only managed to get defeated in training camp by rookie, sixth-round pick Russell Wilson. And Cousins? Redskins coach Mike Shanahan preferred to start and stick with a one-legged, clearly hurting Robert Griffin III in a PLAYOFF game vs. a 100% healthy Kirk Cousins.
Yet, we want these guys taking the Chiefs into the 2013 season? I say no. Also consider, that to acquire either player will cost draft picks in a deeply impressive class for defense, particularly in the front-seven. The Chiefs need defensive depth everywhere and thus it’d be best they enter the draft with their full armament of picks.
I’d prefer the Chiefs sign a veteran free agent. However, playing devil’s advocate, I’d lean more towards a trade for Flynn considering the coaching lineage that Chiefs HC Andy Reid and McCarthy share under former Green Bay Packers head coach Mike Holmgren in the West Coast Offense. So there’s a chance Flynn could have some degree of success in KC. But I’m reaching here…and maybe going nuts.
Some of you feel the Chiefs themselves would be reaching if they drafted a QB with the first pick and that they should instead opt for Texas A&M offensive tackle Luke Joeckel.
That’s more insanity.
No GM, of a team in as desperate need of a Franchise QB as the Chiefs are, should be allowed to keep his job if he doesn’t learn from the Miami Dolphins’ failure in 2008.
In the ’08 NFL Draft, the Dolphins passed on Boston College QB Matt Ryan for Michigan OT Jake Long (BY FAR, a much better OT prospect then than Joeckel is now) with the first overall pick and the rest is history.
A large segment of the Chiefs fanbase readily criticizes the top-rated QB’s (Geno Smith, Tyler Wilson, Matt Barkley, and Mike Glennon) in the 2013 draft due primarily to there not being a once-in-a-decade talent amongst them. Those same critics, however, forget that just about every scouting report stated Ryan didn’t have the potential to be a franchise quarterback and was a risky, weak-armed, high-bust potential prospect despite his elite intangibles – some of the same criticisms many attach to the ’13 crop of top quarterbacks.
This made Long the “safe” pick. But Miami set their franchise back at least five years (and counting…the verdict is still out on Ryan Tannehill) in search of a true franchise QB the likes of which Ryan immediately became for the Atlanta Falcons.
If you think the Dolphins, granted a do-over, still take Long over Ryan, you’re either on a new and highly powerful drug (Slo-Mo from the 2012 Judge Dredd flick perhaps? Awesome movie, by the way!)… or…you’re simply insane. The bottomline is the Chiefs have an opportunity to get it right and take the best QB on their board with the 1st overall pick in April.
Talk to ya later…