With all of the QB talk I find it interesting that we as Chief’s fans vary all the way from “mortgage the whole draft” to get RGIII to “let’s just stick with Cassel.” In most of the polls taken, those that want to stick with Cassel, depending on how the question is asked, seems to range from the high teens to the low thirty’s per cent-wise.
Obviously, it is very difficult to find an elite QB and rating the existing QB’s would probably vary all over the place. There seem to be four that most agree, are elite: Manning (if healthy), Brees, Brady and Rogers. IMO, I also list four that are on the next level, they are Roethlisberger, Rivers, Eli Manning and Stafford. And my third level, this part is much more difficult, I list: Smith, Newton, Schaub, Cutler, Flacco, Ryan, Romo, Hasselbeck, Palmer, Fitzpatrick, Vick and Bradford.
I know this leaves a lot of room for discussion but this is just one persons opinion and really is not the point. The point is that I’ve listed about twenty QB’s who with the right team, could probably, with a little luck, get their teams to a Super Bowl. In addition, QB’s that might have the potential to get here in the next few years for me would include guys like RGIII, Luck, Flynn and maybe even a Freeman or Orton. That means that probably at least seven teams, maybe even a dozen, might not even have a chance because they just do not have a QB that can get them there.
I guess that most agree that QB is the most important position on a football team so my point is and I take the position that, any team should go all out to get a franchise QB, not elite, but franchise. In fact, I tried to look up what an elite and a franchise QB are, and really could not find any definite definitions. Everyone has a little different opinion, just like which QB’s fit where.
To get a top quality QB in the NFL, teams have to be willing to take chances and I believe that the chances are that Luck, Flynn and RGIII are very likely to move up into those upper tiers as fast as anyone. But, it’s a gamble.
Here’s a little side story: How many know that at one time, our own Lenny Dawson was on the roster of the Pittsburg Steeler’s with Jack Kemp, Earl Morrall and Bobby Lane, all successful QB’s. He spent 5 years in the NFL and did not become a starter.
Here’s a short part of Lenny’s story: Despite his status as a first round draft pick, Dawson was unable to make an impact with the Pittsburgh Steelers. Following his rookie campaign, his status in the Steel City became even more tenuous when the Steelers acquired future Hall of Famer Bobby Layne. Failing to dislodge the colorful signal caller, Dawson was then traded to the Cleveland Browns on December 31, 1959.
After encountering similar problems in battling Browns' quarterback Milt Plum, Dawson was released, having completed only 21 passes for 204 yards and two touchdowns in his five seasons of NFL play. However, he soon found his calling when he signed with the American Football League's Dallas Texans on June 30, 1962. The move reunited him with Stram, who was beginning his third year as the Texans' head coach.
In that first season, 1962, Dawson led the league in touchdowns and yards per attempt, and was The Sporting News' selection as the AFL MVP, and was selected by his peers as a Sporting News 1966 AFL All-League player. He also led them that year to the first of three league titles in a thrilling double-overtime victory over the two-time defending champion Houston Oilers. Dawson ran a ball-control offense in the 20-17 win, and tossed a 28-yard touchdown pass to halfback Abner Haynes. Then the team moved to Kansas City and were renamed The Chiefs in 1963.
Here’s the whole history for anyone that wants to read it.
Anyway, I’m on the side that says we have to take a chance. Sure, it needs to be educated and well thought out but if we don’t get an upper tier QB our chances of even reaching a Super Bowl are practically nil.