I’m going to examine two slightly related historical events. Both concern a pair of NFL QB’s. Hopefully, there is something to be learned from each episode.
The Chiefs currently have two veteran QBs on their roster, Matt Cassel and Kyle Orton. The Chiefs are going to need to make a decision on which QB is best suited to be the starting QB. Hopefully, Mr. Pioli will have studied his NFL and Chiefs’ history, and learned something about such decisions. I assume he has already pumped Jim Zorn and the other coaches as to the strengths and weaknesses of our two guys.
The first story I want to relate involves a QB, one Drew Brees. He was originally drafted by the Chargers. His rookie season was ’01. By ’04 he was well established; in fact, he played in the Pro Bowl in ’04. In the meantime, The Chargers drafted Phillip Rivers. Brees was disgruntled, and played out his option , and signed with the Saints after the ’05 season.
The second story involves a QB named Rich Gannon. Gannon began his career with the Vikes, and then spent a season with the Redskins, before signing with the Chiefs in ’95. In ’97, Chiefs’ GM Peterson traded with the 49’ers for QB Elvis Grbac. Gannon and Grbac jockeyed for the starting QB position for a couple of seasons, before Gannon became disenchanted with the situation in Kansas City (Grbac was seemingly the front office’s “Golden Boy), and moved west to the Raiders.
One might ask what value these two long-past episodes have for the Chiefs and us loyal fans? I wrote this cautionary tale for the benefit of both us loyal fans, and Mr. Pioli and the Chiefs’ Braintrust. Do you suppose the Chargers’ fans might wish the Chargers had been led to the Super Bowl by Drew Brees? How about us Chiefs’ fans? Wouldn’t it have been significantly more enjoyable to have watched Gannon win a Super Bowl wearing Red, and Hey! Wouldn’t it have been enjoyable to have watched Grbac go to the Raiders, struggle for three years, and then be gone from the game?
The Chiefs’ braintrust has to be very careful in how they handle our QB situation. I would hate to see Orton go to Miami, or Chicago, or wherever, and win a Super Bowl, while we kept Cassel & rejoiced in our mediocrity. Now, I could be wrong. Perhaps Cassel will be the one to win a Super Bowl. Maybe Orton will only last a couple of seasons. My point is, we should make every effort to sign Orton. Cassel is untradeable until camp starts. Let Cassel & Orton fight it out in camp. Keep the best QB. If you can, trade whoever is #2. Please, Romeo, please Mr. Pioli; get it right this time!
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