Dear Mr. Dorsey,
First off, welcome to Kansas City, but you could have left the snow in Green Bay. I hope you found a nice little place that you and your family can call home. The school districts (at least in Kansas) are fantastic and I have no doubt you will enjoy some burnt ends from your wide choice of delicious BBQ joints. Thanks for already making some moves like bringing in Husain Abdullah and making a bold move in trading for a quality QB. I appreciate your approach of addressing the biggest need for this franchise by getting a QB in Alex Smith that you truly believe can manage an Andy Reid style offense.
If I may, I would like to throw out some options for this upcoming
Christmas NFL Draft. I, sir, am no draft expert but rather a poor man's BJ Kissel throwing out some Draft suggestions. Attached is the following on what to do with your first selection as GM of the Kansas City Chiefs - I hope you enjoy.
With the first pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, the Kansas City Chiefs select:
Geno Smith, Quarterback, West Virginia
But we just traded for Alex Smith. But we just lost our 34th pick when we could have just drafted a QB there. But Geno Smith is only a 10th-15th best player in the draft. But Luke Joeckel!
I am not a GM, nor do I want to act like I know everything about building an NFL team. However, I am a passionate Kansas City Chiefs fan and want to explain why I think the Chiefs should still go with #TeamGeno.
3 minus 2 QBs = 1 QB + Alex Smith = 2 QBs - Ricky Stanzi as a backup QB = 1 starting QB and 3rd stringer. Something is missing here. Oh yes - a backup QB.
Let me be the first to say if you draft a QB in the top 15-20, you probably should start him. However, wasn't it the belief that rookie QBs in the first round should sit for a year or two to learn the system. Sit the rookie so he can not be overwhelmed and slow cook into the franchises QB of the future. I know, I'm crazy... let's spend the No. 1 overall pick on a backup QB when we can spend our pick on a right tackle in Luke Joeckel. Right Tackle? Yeah - right tackle because who in their right mind would cut a left tackle to draft a left tackle.
Here are the reasons why my beloved Kansas City Chiefs should go ahead and draft a QB at #1:
- Job opening - Backup QB, Kansas City Chiefs
- Injuries Happen
- Trade Bait
Job opening - Backup QB, Kansas City Chiefs
You know who everyone in each of the 32 NFL Cities love? The backup QB. What a nicer Midwest welcoming for Geno Smith than being the backup QB that we will all grow to love. Confidence booster. Time to learn. Time to mature. Time to adapt to adult life. Time to prove that you are better than Alex Smith.
Nothing in life is guaranteed. Isn't that right Matt Flynn? Oh I know the Seahawks dropped $26 million over 3 years on you - so they gotta start you. Right? False. Pete Carroll put the best man in the drivers seat and I loved the bold move by him. I would say he made the right decision in putting in BACKUP QB Russell Wilson (whom I compare Geno Smith to), but who knows... maybe Matt Flynn would have taken the Seahawks to the Super Bowl.
Do not be bashful Mr. Dorsey - that 1st round backup QB in Aaron Rodgers was an above average pick.
Alex Smith has been in the league for 8 years. That would equity to 128 possible regular season games to start. He started in 75 of those or 59 percent of those games. Some of that was to production, possibly coaching issues, but the other reason why he did not play/start in games was because of injuries.
2005 - Injured (don't know what)
2007 - Injured (Right Shoulder)
2008 - Injured (IR - Back)
2012 - Injured (Concussion)
Injuries happen and it is always nice to have a backup. I'm not talking Tyler Palko/Brodie Croyle backup, I'm talking a legit backup that can come in and not skip a beat. I don't want an injury to happen and I wasn't one of the few fans that cheered when Cassel got TKO'd against the Ravens... but injuries do happen.
Spend the first overall pick in the NFL draft on a player and maybe someday he can be trade bait? That never happens. Oh wait - it just did... to us. Going to toss out a couple names for you: Matt Flynn, Kirk Cousins, Matt Shaub, Kevin Kolb, Matt Cassel, etc. All guys that stepped in - did a little stat dance and BOOM. Trade bait or Free Agent gem.
Three examples of this happening on Mr. Dorsey's watch - Aaron Brooks, Matt Hasselback, Matt Flynn. Not what I want, but let's say Geno comes in, shows "flashes" of awesomeness, but Alex Smith is clearly the QB of the Chiefs. Trade him and get picks.
The No. 1 picks are not always slam dunks. Hell, the first round is not always a slam dunk. There is no prospect (one could emerge sometime throughout their NFL career) Andrew Luck, Calvin Johnson, Jadeveon Clowney, etc out there. So I ask you, John Dorsey, to please keep an open mind to spending the 1st pick on Geno Smith. Let them laugh, let them boo... whatever. The most important position is QB and it's always nice to have a security blanket. Who knows, you sir may strike gold again with drafting a backup QB in round 1 that becomes an elite NFL QB someday.
Make this happen:
Hugs and Kisses,