The Chiefs swung and missed in their attempt to lure Peyton Manning to Kansas City, who eventually signed with the division rival Denver Broncos. Instead, Matt Cassel was afforded another year to prove his ability to lead the team to the postseason.
If Cassel fails in his mission to end the team's playoff-victory drought in 2012, the team may see that as a sign to act quickly in bringing in someone that is ready to immediately reverse their postseason fortunes as opposed to starting over with a young quarterback (Ricky Stanzi or through the draft).
Ask a majority of fans and they say that the quarterback position is holding this team back. The easiest fix would be to acquire an established veteran via trade or through free agency (Brady Quinn probably isn't the answer).
Everyone in and around the organization was ecstatic when Scott Pioli's first big play upon being hired as general manager for the Chiefs was trading for Cassel. Whether or not that move pans out pales in comparison to the fact Pioli is willing to stick his neck out regardless of the result.
If the Chiefs choose to go this route again, some names that could produce interest are Mark Sanchez, Matt Schaub, Jason Campbell, Matt Moore and Stephen McGee. For various reasons, these quarterbacks could be available next offseason.
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