Long time lurker, first time poster. I've enjoyed reading you guys and gals over the past several weeks. Chiefs fan since 70, to the exact day I was born. I used to write a lot at the other forums but took a sabbatical for awhile. I hope my subsequent posts add value and maybe some insight to the forum.
As many of you, I've lived through the backup veteran QB acquisitions and was also a bit upset with "THE TRADE" But, in retrospect, many of the best years as a fan were in fact led by those very castoffs. DeBerg, Krieg, Montana, Grbac should have been Gannon. After the Schottenheimer years went south and the failed experiment of Cunningham (insert Crennel here), a great defensive mind for his time, we brought in Vermeil to transition to an offensive approach (insert Reid here). The Greatest Show on Turf headed West on I-70. Did Vermeil and Peterson draft a QB? No. He wanted Trent Green and only Trent Green (insert Reid and Alex Smith here).
The Chiefs traded the 12th selection in the 2001 draft for Trent Green and a 4th Rounder (insert second and conditional third next year here). Green's last full season in Washington had a line of 3,441 yards, 23 TDs, 11 INTs on 54.6% completions and an 81.8 QBR. Over the course of the next five seasons with KC, Green would amass an average of 4,032 yards, 22 TDs and 15 INTs on 63% completions.
Green was aided by an increase in talent around him on offense under Vermeil's watch. Assembled was one of the best offensive lines ever. Coupled with dual-threat Holmes, Joystick Hall returning kicks and making defenders look silly, Kennison to stretch the defense. And of course Gonzalez all over the field.
What Green didn't have was five pro-bowlers on his defense. If he had that, who knows how far that trade could have really gotten this franchise.
Fast forward to today. Reid loves Alex Smith. They make "THE TRADE". Smith's last full season in San Francisco had a line of 3,144 yards, 17 TDs, 5 INTs on 61.3% completions and a 90.3 QBR. Reid, like Vermeil known as an offensive minded coach with prior success, came in looking to add offensive talent around Smith and what was already here.
By upgrading at LT, as it appears that they are doing as of tomorrow night, they are looking to assemble a great offensive line. As long as Stephenson, Hudson, Asamoah and Allen continue to develop and improve, this line could very well be dominate AND young for years to come. It would be great to look back on it and say it rivaled the line during Green's time with the Chiefs.
Charles is every bit as potent as Holmes, less the red zone production. McCluster and Wylie can be Smith's Joysticks. Avery was brought in to stretch the field like Kennison. While there is no Tony Gonzalez. This squad does have Bowe and management is attempting to up the productivity of TE with signing Fasano to complement Moeaki. Baldwin could still be the dark horse here as well and there is the possibility of drafting another WR or two this weekend.
Add in the fact that Smith has a MUCH better defense to work with and I don't see where it is out of the realm to expect Green like numbers from him. As well as overall success in the Win-Loss column from the team. If that happens, Arrowhead WILL be rocking again on Sundays, just as Reid hopes.
What makes this very eerie is that Green was 30 when arriving in KC. Smith will be 29 next month. Green came off an injury shortened campaign in St. Louis but showed major improvement in the system...just like Smith last year (minus too much of the injury of course). Green was listed at 6'3" and 208. Smith 6'4" and 217.
If Smith and this offense can put up that kind of production, with a much better defense and punter backing them up, we are in for an exciting season.
I hope everyone enjoys the draft this weekend and thanks for reading. GO CHIEFS!