I normally write post about X's and O's what it takes for a team to win, but that is not where I'm going with today's post. Today I'm going talk about how this issue with this organization runs deeper than just Pioli era. This stink goes all the way back to 1983. The year of 1983 was when I was born. Which was the last time this organization took a Qb in the 1st round of the draft. This stink with this organization runs deep. We spent some many years since then changing coaches from Marty era where we had Montana for brief time and we got to AFC championship game but it was short term success. Then their was Vermeil era where once again we had Trent Green for brief time but like Montana he was for a brief moment. I'm not even going mention the down years like Gunther or Herm we all know how bad it was during those times. So the point is even when we've had great coaches because we took the wrong route to success it was short lived success. We never got to a Super Bowl under Marty because short period of time we had Montana. With Vermeil we couldn't even get out of the damn 1st round of the playoffs. Because Green wasn't around long enough for the general manager and coaches to fix personnel on defense.
Where I'm going with this is even in the years where we had success we didn't have a Qb long enough to reap the long term benefits of having a good to great Qb. Its time we stop looking at GM and head coaching changes until we address the QB position in the 1st round of next year's draft it will continue to be more of the same.
Where Pioli went wrong was thinking that if he can just improve the team around the quarterback it would make the quarterback better. He missed the boat with that theory and so did we as fans and even the media for believing that building a roster around Matt Cassel would some how elevate him to being a good quarterback and he would lead us into playoffs. Hell we even tried bringing in a former New England head coach (Daboll) to make offense more familiar to what he ran in New England. Problem is as I've learned hard way like some of you have. To use a car analogy you can put new rims on a Kia. Give it a new paint job and even put nice tinted windows and leather seats on it. Its still a Kia its not a Lexus. We tried upgrading oline with Hudson and Winston. We tried bringing in Breaston, Boss, and drafting Baldwin. We even added Hillis, Draughn, and drafted Cyrus Gray to give depth at running back. What we find out is these guys aren't going take Matt Cassel from average Qb that he is to a good quarterback. He is what he is no matter what we put around him that is the ultimate fail by Scott Pioli. Not Haley or RAC or the rest of the roster.
You see Scott fail in love with his work ethic and leadership. Well their are alot of guys who work hard that are backups and that are good leaders that doesn't make them starting quarterbacks. You see he fell in love with his short term success. Yea he had good season in New England, but Damon Huard did ok in 2006 for us when Trent Green went down you didn't see us trying make him a franchise Qb and pay him 62 million dollars. When you say things like well we got to run the ball 30 to 40 plus times per game because we can't ask quarterback to do too much that's when you know you don't have the guy. When you have to say things like well you can't get down by two scores that's not our quarterback's game that is when you know you don't have the guy. When you have to limit the amount of routes you can run in the passing game because he can't make every throw that's when you know you don't have the guy. When you have to play mistake free football all the time because you know your Qb isn't good enough to overcome a couple turnovers early in games that's when you know you don't have the guy. When you say well you can't put your Qb in a shootout because that's not his style of play that's when you know you don't have the guy. Those are things Pioli overlooked when evaluating Matt Cassel.
You see the thing that we've overlooked all these years about the quarterback position. Is that it overcomes a crappy oline because he can get rid of ball quick or go through his reads faster. He can hide mediocre receiver because he can throw guys open. He can make up for a below average running game because he runs such a smooth operation in the passing game that he can use short passes and screen pass compensate for lack of running game. When I look around the league you see examples of it every day. Look at how Eli had to function last yr with all the injuries to his oline. Look at how for years Peyton Manning carried the Colts long after Edgerrin James had left the team. Look at how Brady won Super bowls with guys like Troy Brown, Jabar Gaffney and Deion Branch. Its not even the vets yo look at these young guns like Matt Ryan look at how he brought his team back against Panthers last week making that critical throw down the field to Roddy White. Or how Flacco is now making Ravens know more for their offense this year than their defense. Or a young Andy Dalton carrying a putrid Bengals franchise and how they now have hope every year because they have a promising young Quarterback who is making plays regardless of the situation. And that's an organization that doesn't have a GM or scouting department for that matter. You see where I'm going what we've learned through all of this is you get a quarterback that can elevate the players around him not the other way around.
The thing is in sports you have to know what it takes to be a great team. Where the foundation needs to be laid. You can't avoid it or ignore it like a plague you have to be realistic. In basketball you have to have a star player to win championships. Yeah you can put bunch of really good role players together like the Indiana Pacers did season, but that is only going get you so far. In NBA stars win. That is why teams like Lakers with Kobe always win or the Heat with Dwade and Lebron. Or even OKC with Durrant and Westbrook wins. In college football its about star head coaches. Nick Sabon, Urban Meyer or Les Miles of the world. Because those guys got the skill to go recruit great talent and coach guys up. In NFL our sport we love so much its the Qb. Not GM or coaches or anything else. It all begins and ends with the quarterback. I'm not saying that doesn't matter but Bellichick failed as coach in Cleveland but succeeds in New England because he has a franchise Qb. Same with Shanahan and Redskins. He faced same criticism Romeo is facing now. Only thing that has changed is the Redskins organization said hey we have to do whatever it takes to get the guy period. Give up 3 1st rd picks whatever it takes. So where I'm going with this before we can talk about coaching or GM we need put ownership feet to the fire about getting a quarterback.
That is where I'm going with the team I so passionately love my 1st love the Kansas Chiefs. My purpose in writing this article today is get everyone focused on what really matters not coaching or Gm, but Qb. I'm not saying coaching doesn't matter don't get me wrong or even that having a good GM doesn't matter. My point is lets stay focus on getting a franchise QB first then worry about the rest. Lets keep talking about how this team needs to draft a quarterback in the 1st round. Don't allow the Hunt's or anyone else in the media hype you all up about the shiny new head coach or GM because you know what if they don't go out and draft a franchise quarterback in the 1st round of next year's draft. Then we will get 19 more years of the same mediocre to below average football. Where either we get really bad teams like the ones in 2007, 2008, and 2009 season or mediocre teams that win enough to make the playoffs only to get their butts handed to them in the 1st round like in 2006 and 2010 season.