The "Suck for Luck" catch phrase became popular last year. I remember many fanpost arguing for and against this mindset. The theory is simple... lose... lose alot this one year so that we can be in a better position for the future years.
This year the catch phrase that is getting popular is "blow for Geno." Geno Smith, as of right now, is the leading college football QB. There are actually 4-5 qb's that have potential to be first round quarterbacks...aka Franchise Quarterbacks...aka something that Chief fans know very little about. Those QB's are Barkley, Smith, Bray, Wilson, Jones, Klein, and Manuel. Obviously not all of these guys will be first round players and a couple of other guys might slide in but as of right now these guys are some of the leaders for a first round gig.Should we give up one year for the future? Many have already given up on 2012. I like the thought of having Geno Smith or another stud QB, but my struggle is simple: In my heart, I can never root for the Chiefs to lose.
It is that simple. Watching every game, every drive, every play... I expect a touchdown, a defensive stop, and ultimately a win. And it goes against every fiber of my being to root for my team to lose. Even if it seems like a noble purpose: the future QB.
So I won't Blow for Geno... but
I will root for other teams to win and maybe this is the secret. Instead of wishing our team harm (no pun intended Cassel), I will root for the other teams to win.
Right now, with about 1/3 of the season finished, there are only 4 other teams that could be in the race for a 1st round QB. No NFC team appears to be pushing for a 1st round QB. The worst qb's in the NFC might be Kolb, Ponder, and Smith... whose teams are leading their conferences. And while the Saints, Panthers, and Lions have poor records... I can't imagine those teams giving up on their qb's.
That leaves the AFC teams. I have highlighted four teams that might be our only competition. Buffalo (Fitzgerald and a 2-3 record), Cleveland (Weeden 0-5), Jacksonville (Gabbert 1-4), Oakland (Palmer 1-3). I strongly believe Cleveland will take a QB, but the other three teams might still progress to a state that their coaches want to see the old qb return.
Oakland might be be fine with Palmer and Pryor (their young project QB). Buffalo might be content to wait for another year... to see if the team can be healthy before they make that decision. Gabbert is in a tough situation and might be on the chopping block already (my personal belief is that you can't complain about a QB if the O-line and players around him are pathetic...aka 2009 Cassel).
I won't blow for Geno, but I will cheer for these teams to succeed. Even if one or two of these teams win a couple of extra games then that might place us in a better situation to grab a QB. I don't expect to be drafting in the top 5. I expect that we follow last years teams and make a push for the playoffs but we just miss out. So the better these teams do the better off we are at having the option of drafting a qb.
PS. I know most people could care less about the 2013 draft right now... but I needed something to think about besides the Quinn/Cassel/Winston/fans topic.
What do you think? Could we actually be in a position to draft a QB because all of the other teams already have one? Notice I said nothing about Pioli and his drafting method. I think by the end of the season we will all recognize our greatest weakness and we will address it.