I just finished reading Brian Daboll: Another Perspective by Chris Sembower, and it got me thinking about our QB situation in relation to the Daboll hire. BTW, if you haven't already, take the time to read it. It'll get the off-season juices flowing! Here's the link: http://www.arrowheadpride.com/2012/2/6/2778606/brian-daboll-another-perspective
I've been all over the board thinking about the future KC QB. Should it be Cassel, Orton, trade for Manning, trade up to draft RG3, etc. etc.? We need a franchise QB, and NOW would be better than later!
Through all of the anticipation that FA and the draft brings, I forgot about one thing, and that's that we may already have our QBOTF in Ricky Stanzi. Now, I can already hear the naysayers warming up their arguments, but bear with me.
He has an incredible work ethic and ability to learn. He proved that in Iowa. He has good size, he's smart, has good instincts, throws an excellent ball, and he has an ability to shift in the pocket while keeping his eyes down-field. Unlike Cassel, he has shown an ability to go through his progressions, and find open receivers.
IF Sembower's perspective on Daboll is right, he could be exactly what we need moving forward. Daboll could design the offense using Stanzi's current ability. (not try to force him into a system). With the offensive weapons we already have in Bowe (hopefully), Baldwin, Breaston, Moeaki, Charles, and McCluster already in place, we could spend the off-season improving the O-line and filling in the missing pieces on D. We wouldn't have to trade the farm to land RG3 or Manning.
Now, the naysayers will argue that he needs more time. I say bolster the O-line, set up the system for success, give him a full off-season and training camps to learn the playbook (unlike last season), and prepare for the playoffs.What's he going to learn playing 2nd fiddle to Cassel? Let him start NOW!
Forget about the other 2011 rookie Cam Newton, that guys from another athletic planet, but Andy Dalton led the Bengals to the post season coming out of one of the toughest divisions in football, with far less talent than the Chiefs! I know it's debatable, but at times Christian Ponder even looked good playing for one of the worst teams in the NFL!
He's a leader on the field, has a high ceiling, and we could enjoy years of playoffs watching the Chiefs if Romeo and Daboll would just make the decision to cut ties with Cassel and Orton. We could pick up a serviceable back-up through free agency for cheap in the likes of Mcnabb or Grossman. (Not that I'd really want either, but could be had for cheap).
Using the "Chicken Salad out of chicken shit" argument, how about take something besides shit (Cassel) to make the chicken salad.