I was born in 1984. Since then I have seen the Chargers go to a Super Bowl. I have seen the Raiders go to a Super Bowl. And I have seen the Broncos go to and win TWO Super Bowls. We haven't won a playoff game in nearly 20 years. And we haven't been to a Super Bowl in over 40 years. It's time Pioli. It's time Clark. It is time Romeo.
Looking back I can only think of two QB's in that time that were at least legitimate. An aging Montana, and an above average Trent Green. We had Gannon (who was a backup), and chose Grbac. Gannon lead the Raiders to a Super Bowl. Everything I'm saying is common knowledge(except my birthday) and fact.
I will always follow my beloved Chiefs, but no more will I sit back and think another castoff, average QB can get us to the promised land. Pioli can not sell me on Cassel. There is 4 years of Cassel as a starter now on tape. By now it should be pretty clear that Cassel is inconsistent and cant lead or carry a team to victory. 2009 was evident that Cassel can't succeed without talent. But what QB can. In 2010 it was clear Cassel can be effective when his players stay healthy. Any QB can. In 2011 it was clear Cassel is inconsistent, average, and can't put a team on his back. Especially when key players are hurt.
You know who can do these things? Good to Great Quarterbacks. Both Manning's, Aaron Rodgers, and Drew Brees make household names out of otherwise unspectacular players. Peyton went to two Super Bowls. One with Harrison and Reggie. The other with Pierre Garcon and Austin Collie? Eli has now won two Super Bowls. One with Plaxico Burress and Steve Smith. The other with Victor Cruz, Hakeem Nicks, and Mario Manningham? Aaron Rodgers has Jennings, and Driver. He also has made Jordy Nelson a name. Brees has had pretty much the same group of guys for awhile and all are really no namers without Brees throwing them the ball. And yes even Marques Colston wouldn't be anyone without Brees. These men can lead a team with or without special players. These men also every year lead their team to division titles and playoffs. These men also every year are threats to be talked about with getting to the Super Bowl. Hell even Roethlisberger has lead his team to three super bowls with different recievers next to Ward. Plus I'm leaving Brady out of this because he is an acception to this rule. Not every late round QB in todays world is the next Brady.
My point is that these guys can do what it takes to get to the Super Bowl. With or without star players. This is where Pioli and Hunt must try to get us a legitimate QB. We pay hard earned money to watch this team succeed. Not to try. After years of not winning and mediocrity we deserve to have a legitimate QB. Not other Grbac, Bono, Huard, Krieg. If there was a way to get Andrew Luck. Do it. If there was a way to get RG3. Do it. If Manning does become a free agent, throw money at the guy till he signs. These moves would at least be trying to get a legitimate QB instead of trotting another average QB out there to "not lose the game". I want a QB who can win the game on his own. Not check down because its safe and doesnt want to be the reason we lost. News flash!!! Because your trying to not lose you actually are the reason we are losing. Instead of trying to find ways to win the game your looking for ways to not lose the game.
Clark and Scott it's time to get the QB that can do this. At least with getting a star rookie you are at least showing you are trying to find the answer. Signing Manning shows you are honest about trying to make the team better and improve the position. Hell even Orton (although a castoff, average QB) has show in only 3 games that is far more capable at doing things a QB is suppose to do than Cassel. Do I think Orton can lead this team to the playoffs? Yes I do, and maybe even winning us one. Getting us to the Super Bowl? Not so much. Maybe if he got lucky like Cassel did in 2010 with little to none of major injuries to key players. And with the right system catering to his skill set.
Cassel is not the answer. Our answer is out there. And its last name is either Manning, Luck, or Griffin. And yes maybe even Orton. No more of this 'little team that could' crap. Go for gold or go home. After all this time it is finally...time.