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Peyton, Broncos, our Front Office, and Importance of the QB Position

It's my first fanpost guys, so go easy on me!

So we've all been following the Peyton Manning news recently, and based on all of the comments I've read, I'm pretty sure most of AP lies in the "sign Manning" camp. I will confess that I am also of the same opinion. We are so close to being serious Super Bowl contenders, and I'm a firm believer that a healthy Peyton Manning could indeed take us to the promise land. So the question is what are the obstacles to us signing Peyton manning? And more importantly, why are the Donkeys even in the picture at all? Further discussion after the jump.

If recent headlines are to be believed, the Chiefs are very much out of the race for Peyton Manning. Normally, this wouldn't bother me so much. I understand. Peyton is a big name free agent, and it would, naturally be difficult to sign him. We usually expect teams like the Redskins to shell out massive amounts of money on questionable free agents. What bothers me the most, however, is that the Broncos seem very high (too high if you ask me) on Peyton's list (there's a CBS article about this: http://www.cbssports.com/general/blog/eye-on-football/17778115/report-broncos-are-among-peyton-mannings-top-two-choices). To me, it seems like the Broncos are an absolutely inferior situation for Peyton Manning. Especially if we consider some of the following concerns that the media has brought up:

Weather: Push (or slight advantage to Kansas City). Some members of the media have stated that Peyton really doesn't want to play in cold weather. This isn't really an option if he's playing in Denver.

Small City: Push. Peyton and his family don't want to live in an extremely large city. Both Denver and Kansas City would be good fits as a city.

Supporting Cast of Players: Advantage to Kansas City. Here is where the Chiefs just blow Denver out of the water. Peyton would have a better running back and better wide receivers to throw to! He would be reunited with Ryan Lilja, a former Colt on the offensive line as well. This has been debated several times on comments already, so I won't beat a dead horse.

So we may ask ourselves, "Why, then, does Peyton want to play in Denver?"

I think we need to look no further than the front offices of both the Broncos and the Chiefs. When Clark Hunt hired Scott Pioli, we expected that we were getting one of the best personnel men of the decade. In short, Pioli's greatest strength was talent evaluation. I don't think he's done a particularly outstanding job in this area, but it is admittedly too early to tell. His draft picks still haven't developed yet...I'll give him the benefit of the doubt.

Peyton reportedly turned down even visiting the Chiefs (who reportedly had already offered him a contract by that point). Why? I believe that Peyton didn't want to play for/interact with Scott Pioli. One need not look further than the Denver situation. Clearly, Peyton finds John Elway and the Broncos front office much more appealing than Scott Pioli. Naturally, Peyton wants to be able to run the offense his way, which is understandable given the degree of success he has had. This doesn't strike me as something that Pioli would offer. The ego of our front office, in my opinion, has driven Peyton Manning away. There is no team out there with better talent than the Chiefs, and the fact that Denver is a large player in the Manning sweepstakes is just sad. Pioli is being too conservative with his decisions and is trying to do just enough to keep his job. The Chiefs need an excellent quarterback to be successful in this league.

Let's look at quarterback ratings from the past 2 seasons:

Quarterback Rating Of Majority

Starter During Year:

Team

2011

2010

NO

110.6

90.9

NE

105.6

111.0

DET

97.2

81.3

NYG

92.9

85.3

GB

122.5

101.2

SD

88.7

101.8

DAL

102.5

88.9

ATL

92.1

91.0

PIT

90.1

97.0

CAR

84.5

58.4

BUF

79.1

81.8

BAL

80.9

93.6

TB

74.6

95.9

TEN

82.4

82.2

NYJ

78.2

75.3

CIN

80.4

82.4

PHI

84.9

100.2

WAS

72.4

77.1

SF

90.7

82.1

SEA

79.2

73.2

OAK

80.5

84.5

CLE

74.6

74.5

MIA

87.1

75.4

HOU

96.8

92.0

CHI

85.7

86.3

JAC

65.4

90.8

STL

70.5

76.5

ARI

81.1

65.9

MIN

70.1

69.9

DEN

72.9

87.5

KC

76.6

93.0

IND

66.6

91.9

(Bolded and underlined ratings indicate that that team made the playoffs)

Teams with starting quarterbacks with a rating under 90:

2011 Ravens (Flacco)

2011 Bengals (Dalton)

2011 Broncos (Tebow)

2010 Bears (Cutler)

2010 Seahawks (Hasselback)

2010 Jets (Sanchez)

In short, 18/24 playoff teams in the past 2 years had starting quarterbacks with a rating above 90. Of the six teams that didn't make the playoffs, the Seahawks went 7-9 in 2010 and we already know that the 2011 Broncos weren't a particularly strong team either.

The Chiefs need to act quickly. Our team is almost entirely assembled except for the quarterback position. It's time to take a risk Mr. Pioli. Go out and sign Peyton manning. Convince him. You have more to offer him than John Elway. If not Manning, we need to draft a quarterback! The time is now. Let's not always be a team in transition. Cassel is not the answer...

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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