Quarterbacks will get hurt.
We were lucky that Matt Cassel, QB #7 only missed a single game this past season, thereby limiting the damage done by Brodie Croyle. With Brodie's inability to win single game in his NFL career most fans agree it's time to acquire new options for Matt Cassel's replacement/backup.
A recent trend in the league has been to sign former starters to back up their QBs. This has worked well for teams like the Dallas Cowboys (Jon Kitna), Cleveland Browns (Seneca Wallace), Baltimore Ravens (Marc Bulger), Pittsburgh Steelers (Charlie Batch, Byron Leftwich) and Detroit Lions (Shaun Hill).
Are there any veteran free agent QBs who might tempt Pioli? After all it might save a pick for a mid-late round gem.
For the sake of fairness we'll look at the Chiefs options sans names after the jump.
Some of these quarterbacks have been playing since before the 2007 season. But I discarded that data as either horrible rookie jitters or the long since faded glory years.
QB A: has often been an underrated quarterback when he gets his opportunities. He maneuvers well in the pocket and can get outside the tackles and pick up some yards on the ground. He manages offenses well and appears to be the most proven back-up quarterback on the market. He might not throw a lot of passes but look at his completion percentage column and consistant QB rating.
QB B hasn't been a statistically good quarterback in four years when he posted a 91.4 QB Rating in 2007. He's probably too old to really threaten a starter, but may be the best back-up option for a team with talent, playing the elder statesmen role like Jon Kitna in Dallas. His completion percentage is reasonably high on a team with bad receivers and he knows how to throw touchdowns. QB B isn't used to having a stable of running backs to carry to the load, which might cut his INTs.
|QB B||Games||Attempts||Completions||Comp. %||Yards||Avg.||TD||Int||Sck||Rate|
QB C has never had an offensive coordinator for more than 1 season. Instead this QB has been plagued by yearly changes like no other young signal caller. He’s looked decent at times, but hasn’t been able to build on that success. He's been branded a bust, but hasn't much of a supporting cast surrounding him. He could sit on the bench for a couple years with Jim Zorn and become a decent veteran back-up and is still young enough to potentially be trade-bait if ever he plays well again. QB C is a smart, efficient, dare I say Cassel-like player, look at his good TD-INT ratio.
|QB C||Games||Attempts||Completions||Comp. %||Yards||Avg.||TD||Int||Sck||Rate|
QB D was never really given a chance. His one real shot to win a starting job came in training camp his rookie year. He lost and has since been forgotten about. Given his 78.6 completion percentage last preseason, maybe he needs another look. His biggest problem was his inability, or rather unwillingness to push the ball down the field in his former team's home-run style offense, something Haley's would be a lot more forgiving about. If Jim Zorn (a player he was compared to coming out of college) can get calm him down, he might still make it as a starting quarterback.
|QB D||Games||Attempts||Completions||Comp. %||Yards||Avg.||TD||Int||Sck||Rate|
QB E hasn't seen a lot of prime-time action. He's played well as a back up for his bottom-dwelling former team. He threw nice passes and protected the football in key situations, two things he couldn't do last year. He’s played the back-up role well in the past, so it seems that’s what he’s best suited to do. This might be an opportunity to buy a player when his stock is at the lowest only to see it rebound when he's in a more stable environment. Check out that great run in the 2009 season.
|QB E||Games||Attempts||Completions||Comp. %||Yards||Avg.||TD||Int||Sck||Rate|