Tyler Thigpen: Not the Answer

Jordan LanningCorrespondent IJanuary 22, 2009

Quarterback Tyler Thigpen was a great surprise for the Kansas City Chiefs—one of the few bright spots of their 2-14 season.

Thigpen became the starter due to injuries to both Brodie Croyle and Damon Huard. Tyler performed well under pressure, throwing for 18 touchdowns and only 12 interceptions. He also ran for 386 yards and three touchdowns.

He's got to be the quarterback of the future, right?

Yes—if you enjoy 2-14 records. No—if you would like to win a few games.

Thigpen has been a fan favorite considering he was a seventh round pick by the Vikings and was later cut. Nonetheless, Chiefs fans need to realize that Thigpen is not the guy. You must realize—without Tony Gonzalez or Dwayne Bowe, Thigpen would have well below average numbers.

Let’s all look back at the great NFL dynasties. Now, let’s look at their Hall of Fame quarterbacks. Why shouldn't we be able to get the next Troy Aikman or Steve Young? Do you honestly think Thigpen can be as good as them?

Some of you are probably asking, "Why do we need a great quarterback to win a Super Bowl?”

I ask the question, “Why not?”

I think that with Scott Pioli joining the franchise and head coach Herm Edwards most likely leaving the team, we should set high expectations. I'm not saying that we should expect the Chiefs to be five time consecutive Super Bowl Champions, but, then again, "Why not?"

Yes, I realize that quarterback Tom Brady was a sixth round draft pick and he is a future Hall of Famer. What you don’t realize is that you will only see a player like Brady once or twice in a lifetime.

I'm not saying that the Chiefs should go out and draft Mark Sanchez or Matthew Stafford. I just think the Chiefs should be able to do better than Thigpen.

I completely understand if you disagree with me, but you need to think about it.
Ask yourself, "Do I want the Chiefs to sneak in the Super Bowl maybe once with an average quarterback?”

No? Then tell yourself, “Let’s get a great quarterback and win consecutive Super Bowls!"