After watching these last three weeks of Chiefs football (two that I paid money to watch), it has become increasingly evident that the Kansas City Chiefs have to find a "QB of the future". The QB has become the most important player on the field in this era. Adding defensive playmakers, giving the QB weapons, and solidifying the offensive line are keys to building a good team, but a Franchise QB is what separates good teams from great ones.
Looking at the past 20 Super Bowl winners, the link between QB and winning is undeniable. The list of Super Bowl winning QBs: Rodgers, Brees, Roethlisberger, E. Manning, P. Manning, Brady, Brad Johnson (Pro Bowler and #1 Defense), Trent Dilfer (Top 10 All-Time Defense), Warner, Elway, Favre, Aikman, Young, Mark Rypien (Pro Bowl and #2 Defense). That list is filled with HOFers and future HOFers.
Basically, if you don't have an elite QB, you have to have the TOP defense to win a Super Bowl. That is a reality that the Kansas City Chiefs need to realize. The last time the Chiefs drafted a QB in the 1st round was Todd Blackledge in 1983. Considered a bust, it seems like the Chiefs decided to give up drafting Franchise QBs. The team's limited playoff success(3-11) since is directly related to that fact.
What are the Chiefs options? To begin with, I believe Matt Cassel is the 2012 starting QB because of no other worthy candidate. What the Chiefs need to do is plan to have a QB groomed and ready to start Week 1 of 2013. To do so we must first find out what we have in Ricky Stanzi. Cassel and Palko are good soldiers but not starting caliber NFL QBs. It was previously stated that Kansas City would not play Stanzi this year. That will only further complicate our decision making. Play Stanzi. If he's not the answer, draft a QB. We will probably be picking in the top 10 with half the teams ahead of us already having drafted a QB recently. With a deep QB class, there is no better opportunity to draft a Franchise QB than now (if Stanzi isn't the Manzi).
Every year the Chiefs don't address the most glaring need--QB, it is a wasted year. The Chiefs are considered to have a good young nucleus. That group won't be young forever.