Hey guys, Just read this article from the Bleacher Report that Joe McCoy wrote. I wanted to share it with everyone Arrowhead pride nation and get some thoughts. Me personally, I like the idea only if we can address the defense in F.A. Anyways, here it is. Enjoy!
There are so many articles talking about how Tyler Thigpen is garbage and doesn't deserve to start for the Kansas City Chiefs, and therefore they should draft a quarterback.
This one is different. So different that I felt the need to rhyme the headline.
Tyler Thigpen had an outstanding year last year, given what he had to work with.
Yes, he had a decent receiver in Dwayne Bowe, and a Hall of Famer in tight end Tony Gonzalez. However, he had a less than perfect offensive line that couldn't keep him off his backside (I wish there were stats for how many hits a QB took), hardly any running game except for his own, and a much less than perfect defense that couldn't keep the opponents from scoring points (nine of KC's losses were by 10 points or less).
He has earned the respect of many Chiefs players, most notably Tony Gonzalez, whose words, after dedicating 13 years to a team, should be gospel.
Tony was quoted by ESPN as saying, "It would be a disgrace if they don't (keep Thigpen as the starting quarterback), We've been playing well since he came in...I could see this being a playoff team next year. I could see us turning it around."
Thigpen may not have been an All-Star under center, but there is something positive to be said about the man that was the first player in the history of Coastal Carolina (of which Thigpen was the first ever quarterback) and the Big South Conference to ever be drafted to the NFL (seventh Round No. 217 overall by the Minnesota Vikings).
Diamonds can be found in the late rounds. You ever hear of that one guy, I think his name is Tom Brady?
Thigpen didn't become the Chiefs' regular starter until week five. In 11 starts, he amassed 2,608 yards through the air. That was good to rank him only 25th in the league, but what if he had started regularly since week one?
Add on his average of 186 yards per game and he'd be around 3500 yards and in the top 10. Also his 18 touchdowns, ranked 13th in the league, is more than that of playoff QBs Kerry Collins, Joey Flacco, and Big Ben Roethlisberger.
Let's not forget that from week eight to week 13, Thigpen threw for more touchdowns than any other QB in the NFL. Don't believe me? Look it up.
Now, he did throw 12 interceptions, which was about par for the course and is the same amount thrown by Peyton Manning and Joey Flacco. But less than Brett Favre, Drew Brees, Jay Cutler, Tony Romo, Kurt Warner, and Ben Roethlisberger, all of whom had several options to throw to on their respective teams.
Thigpen also managed three rushing touchdowns on just shy of 400 yards.
Thigpen can only get better, and that brings me to my other point for this article: Draft Michael Crabtree.
Adding another receiving weapon will help Tyler Thigpen and Dwayne Bowe.
Bowe is already drawing comparisons to Larry Fitzgerald, so why not add an Anquan Boldin by drafting Crabtree? Pass happy Todd Haley would have a heyday with those two.
It would give Thigpen another solid target and, like most say, open up the running game. This would prevent him from having to rush, and prevent him from taking hits.
Plus you can't forget about the flashes of brilliance Mark Bradley made (30 receptions, 380 yards, three TDs). That could quite possibly be three top tier receivers the Chiefs would have.
That's enough receiving weapons to make Tyler Thigpen look like a legend. Okay, maybe not a legend, but pretty damn good.
To close out, I am shouting out to you, Todd Haley, and you, Scott Pioli. Hand the team over to Thigpen and draft Crabtree. Hand the team over to Tyler Thigpen in 2009 and see what he does. You won't regret it.
PS: Trade away Larry Johnson...wait, that's another article in itself.