The fans in Kansas City are desperate for a homegrown quarterback to call their own, and Ricky Stanzi just might be the answer.
Considering all factors involved, the odds are pretty favorable that the fans will get their wish and see Stanzi start at some time during the season.
Matt Cassel is an extremely tough competitor, but he has also missed a number of games due to some fluky injuries.
What would it be like to see the second-year pro start a game in red and gold?
Stanzi has some pedigree. He played in a complex pro-style offense at Iowa and he has a high football I.Q.
He was a gamer during his college career, and he led his Hawkeyes to three bowl victories during his time in Iowa City.
Before Stanzi sees the field, he has to beat out Brady Quinn for the backup role.
Quinn was signed to compete for the job, and he has a good working knowledge of the new playbook being installed by his former Browns offensive coordinator Brian Daboll.
The former Notre Dame star has not had much success at the NFL level. Quinn has played in 14 games and threw for 10 touchdowns and nine interceptions.
Some would argue that Quinn never really got a fair shake since he arrived in the league, seeing as how the Cleveland Browns have had a lack of talent offensively for years.
So, Quinn is an intriguing option but if you ask general manager Scott Pioli, he has a tremendous amount of faith in Ricky Stanzi.
In an NFL.com article, Pioli echoed these sentiments.
"We drafted a quarterback last year who I truly believe has good ability and has the potential to start in this league, I really do believe that."
It seems like Stanzi also has the support of the Arrowhead faithful, too.
You can't blame the fans. The Chiefs have not won a playoff game in 20 years and the franchise has yet to develop a homegrown winning quarterback, and these fans have grown tired of seeing other team's retreads under center.
Because of this, Stanzi has reached an almost folk hero status with Chiefs fans. The level of pandemonium was even dubbed as "Stanzi-Mania" by Kansas City announcer Mitch Holthus.
Stanzi has the backing of the GM and fans, but it remains to be seen if he will see game action in 2012. Chances are the he will.
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