I am, however starting to take umbrage with some of the opinions expressed on AP regarding Geno Smith. One writer even dared to insinuate that if you’re not on the Smith bandwagon, you are probably racist. Hogwash, I say! First and foremost, IMHO there simply isn’t a Luck/RGIII clone available this year. We fans need to stop focusing on who has the best skills, and start focusing on which QB can fit our system. We aren’t going to witness the second coming of Montana, Marino, Brady, or Manning. I certainly hope we witness to second coming of Favre, Aikman, Flacco, or Rothlesberger.
Think back to the past two seasons. How many games did we see in which our offense was run efficiently by the QB (taking into account that Daboll’s "Offense For Dummies" was in effect last season)? Let’s go back to the ’11 season. With merely a "good" QB, we’d have easily been in the play-offs. So the question arises, "What are the chances of us getting a ‘good’ QB in the draft?"
As I stated earlier, considering the variance in opinions concerning draft-eligible QB’s this year by the so-called "experts", it seems safe to say that we just aren’t going to get another franchise QB with the #1 overall pick. However, our coaching staff should be able to find a QB that can consistently deliver good play. The limiting factor will be experience. We probably won’t find a "plug & play" QB in the draft this year. Whether it’s Smith, Glennon, Wilson, Barkley, Jones, or Manuel, our future QB will require some time to develop. Obviously, we’re going to need a "stop-gap" interim QB. IMHO (just mine!) David Carr would be a good candidate. However, I’m not going to get bent out of shape if it’s someone else (except Tebow).
Now, for the "nuts & bolts" of getting our rookie QB. Since there just isn’t a Luck/RGII clone out there this year, taking a QB with the #1 pick just doesn’t sound smart. If our brain-trust decides to take a QB in round 1, trading down and adding a pick in round 2 would appear to be the most sensible option. Another option would be to wait until the second round to draft a QB. There are six draftable QB’s mentioned in the previous paragraph. Two or three should still be on the board at #34 (our 2nd round pick). Given a year or two to learn the system, and the speed of the game, a second-round pick should be well-prepared to take over the offense, considering that we have a solid OL.
Finally, whatever path our Chiefs take during this off-season, we fans need to be patient. The ineptitude of the previous regime empowered (or angered) the fan base. We have to give Dorsey/Reid the benefit of the doubt, even if we don’t agree with their decisions. After all, we gave Pioli three years before we began questioning his decisions.