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An Original Idea

To clarify from the start, no, this is not a post about my original idea. It's about yours. Or more specifically, it's about your lack thereof. And to further clarify, the "you" in question is the person or persons who keep bringing up Manti Te'o as the Chief's possible first pick of the 2013 Draft. I, and many others on this site, have read open thread after open thread, Fanpost after Fanpost about it. And this is not to say your opinion is worthless or invalid; this website exist for the free exchange of ideas. I am not trying to disparage or denigrate you as people or assert some mythical Chiefs fan superiority as other posters are wont to do. I am trying to point out to you that people have been bringing up the idea for months now, yet more still persist in bringing it up as if we have never even considered it.

Your idea is not original. Yes, we know that by the power of Te'o, our defense will be complete and never ever give up a single point again. We have indeed considered what having Ray Lewis' twin brother in our linebacking core would do for our already solid group. How could it be possible to miss the extols about the only can't-miss prospect in an otherwise weak draft. We really have heard about the guy.

The paucity in your posts is in their logical underpinning given the present circumstances. You neglect to acknowledge that helping an already very-good defense will not in any way afford us more consistent scoring on offense. Picking another linebacker with the first round draft pick is akin to Detroit selecting yet another wide receiver with their entire team in shambles. Our line-backing core already includes two first-round draft picks and one third who had a first round grade before his date with Mary Jane just before the combine. We are all stocked up at elite linebacker. Unless Manti Te'o is as excellent an offensive quarterback as he is a defensive quarterback, his acquisition in no way helps this team solve its biggest problem. Until that problem is solved, the majority (at least, what I have seen as a majority) of posters on this site will not be okay with a luxury pick.

I understand you are afraid. You want a sure thing. You look at Geno Smith, Tyler Wilson, Matt (Cassel) Barkley and think that they may just wind up busts. You think Te'o is the only safe bet, and posit the first tier quarterbacks are no better than the second tier. You see the overall increase in talent to be greater with picking the sure bet first and going with whomever is left in the second. We have heard this before. Quit playing the part of a scratched CD (or "broken record" s.v.p.).

Give me something new and different. Throw some stats showing how mundane Geno Smith really is compared to Tyler Bray. Link an SI article stating that Aaron Murray is planning on getting lifts for his shoes so that he doesn't have as many throws tipped at the line in the NFL. Show us what it is about these second-tier quarterbacks that makes them possible franchise players. Assemble some pillar of logical argument which demonstrates the absolute impermeability of our defense once Manti Te'o is inserted in the line up, and further show how our offense will therefore be superfluous; a vestigial element of the bygone era where offense was primarily responsible for scoring points.

Some basic arithmetic: our defense fields six former first round draft picks; our offense, four, one of whom was not even our first round draft pick. Our strategy for developing our offense has been to couple a few "need" picks in the mid-to-late first round with a host of developmental players and later round "gems"(many of whom strain the definition), mixing in one or two bargain free agents. The result is an offense that has reset records for futility. We are currently in second to last place in scoring on offense and 22nd in the league in yards. Stats for our defense may not be much better, but they are better. They would be better still with an offense who can consistently move the ball and score with some regularity. One that can attain a lead to be defended. One that does not regularly give their opponents a short field on which to start. You get what you pay for and we have not payed enough for a good offense yet.

In short, we need offense more than we need Manti Te'o. We should draft offense first this year, and the next, and the next after that until we have an offense that can win championships. Our defense is close enough for the moment. Please keep that in mind when you are making your insightful and original comments about how awesome we would be with Manti. I would love to hear what you think backed up by something other than the phrase "I just think." But keep in mind, we have been hearing this same argument for years (Aaron Curry, Rolando McClain, Luke Kuechly). We know the stats. We know how "weak" the draft class is supposed to be. We still don't agree. I may not be sold on Smith, Wilson, or Barkley, but I would take any of them over a defensive player at this point.

This is a FanPost and does not necessarily reflect the views of Arrowhead Pride's writers or editors. It does reflect the views of this particular fan though, which is as important as the views of Arrowhead Pride writers or editors.

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