The million dollar question. Chiefs fans have thirsted since the 1980's for a home grown quarterback they drafted themselves to take them to the promised land. Countless early exits in the playoffs over the years with teams built around free agents, and second hand quarterbacks, have given rise to the notion that only the delivery of the "chosen one" will release the fan base from such bitter bondage.....Ok maybe thats a little over the top.
So what is the million dollar question? Lets look at this objectively for a second. There are those Chiefs fans that no matter who suits up under center as the guy, they will defend his honor. It's the pinnacle of homerism. You've got a quarterback in Alex Smith who, with limited offensive weapons put on the greatest playoff performance as a Chiefs quarterback in many, many years, played in a Pro Bowl, and is just a good quarterback who plays well under pressure. Naturally, there are lots of fans very happy to have him in Kansas City, but they tend to be blind to his flaws and weaknesses. The are completely in love. On the other hand, you have a sect of fans who no matter the situation, are never happy with his play and are absolutely convinced he is average at best and too conservative. They will point out the open receiver he missed even if he threw a touchdown. Or complain about a missed 2nd down as he creates a play on 3rd down with his legs. At least most of the staunchest Smith haters are motivated by the "homegrown quarterback" itch we discussed so dramatically above.
Dude seriously whats the million dollar question? Simply put: If a late round pick such as Aaron Murray ends up starting for this team and strings several wins together, then has a nice career similar to say a Trent Green, would that be enough? Enough to make the issue go away forever? Or do the Chiefs have to commit to THE GUY in the first round of a draft class and let it all ride on him?
I have little doubt that the "homegrown quarterback" issue is so polarizing, it has literally made playing quarterback for the Chiefs one of the hardest things to do in football. It automatically divides the fan base in two whenever a new free agent quarterback is given the keys to the Chiefs' offense. This is well documented here at Arrowhead Pride and can't realistically be argued. It's the elephant in the room. The million dollar question if you will. So ask yourself what would it really take to scratch that itch? Not to feed your hunger for a championship but to let the front office of the hook. What would it take for you to say "They tried and did what I wanted at the quarterback position and we didn't win it all with that guy, but I don't fault them." Could a successful Aaron Murray do it? Does it have to be a first rounder?
Consider it therapy thats years overdue....