The Kansas City Chiefs will meet the St. Louis Rams in Friday's night's preseason game and they'll see something those in KC have never really seen -- a homegrown quarterback. Indeed, the Chiefs have basically never drafted their own winning quarterback.
They've drafted their own guys -- just not successful, winning quarterbacks.
The Rams, however, appear to have found their guy. QB Sam Bradford is one of the best young quarterbacks in the game and has the markings of a player who will be good if not great for years to come.
Because we've never drafted a franchise quarterback in KC, I wanted to ask our Rams blog, Turf Show Times, what the process was like. Were you nervous before drafting Bradford? How do you feel about him now?
GM Billy Devaney cut his teath as a personnel man in the NFL with the team that drafted Ryan Leaf, so, yeah, seeing him draft a quarterback was more than a little worrisome. On the other hand, you have to take a risk on some things to be a winner in the NFL. What else would they have done? Brought in Donovan McNabb to make his career just a little worse in its twilight? The front office rolled out with this very wise, Sensei reponse that they'd also learned some thing from drafting Ryan Leaf...like how to draft the next Ryan Leaf.
Really, the Rams only option was to take Bradford. It was a no-brainer at that point and I think that was the move many thought would happen months before the draft took place. Obviously, that's what I say now...in hindsight. Back then, as Turf Show Times says, it had to be more than a little nervous for Rams fans.
Maybe one day Chiefs fans will know what that feels like.