A fifth round draft pick just won an NFL playoff game!! In his rookie season! In a lock-out year!
No, it's not Ricky Stanzi. It was T.J. Yates.
(Disclaimer: I've edited this irrational and emotionally charged Fan Post for the third time thanks to excellent input from AP'ers and promise to research more and rant less in future Fan Posts. )
I'm looking at the entire history of the Kansas City Chiefs with regard to developing ANY QB they have picked up in the draft, and it's not pretty. KC did draft Roger Staubach in the 16th round but he chose the NFL Cowboys. Since the Blackledge debacle, KC has drafted nine QB's prior to Ricky, and they have played in a grand total of 31 games, with Brodie Croyle (3rd round) appearing in 18 games, and Steve Stenstrom (4th) six. Mike Elkins, a second rounder in '89, saw action in ONE.
Prior to Blackledge, there was Steve Fuller 1st round in '79, played in 90 games, 28 TD's to 41 picks. Mike Livingston, '68, 2nd round, saw 91 games with 56 TD's to 83 picks. Before that, Pete Beathard in 1964 came in the first round, #2 overall, and played in 53 games for KC. Not a stellar track record for developing QB's from any round.
Stanzi: 5th round, 135th pick overall. No regular season playing time.
Yates: 5th round, 152nd pick overall. Played after back-up Leinart went down, started his next game. Had some struggles, but came through and led a solid team to a playoff win over Cincinnati.
Further disclaimer: If you are reading this post for the first time, you might wonder about some of the comments as I have edited out some of the emotion and rant and inserted some research and facts... silly me.
Thanks for all the posts and input. The question I have now is: Will the KC organization step up and do all the things necessary to get the best QB on the field that "we" can get and utilize this talent for a push into the playoffs and ultimately to the Super Bowl in the next few years? What do you all think?
(I promise this is the last edit to this post) -Northeast Iowa KC Fan.