The Kansas City Chiefs have avoided using premium draft picks on the quarterback position since whiffing on Todd Blackledge back in 1983.
Since then, Kansas City has only selected three quarterbacks inside the top three rounds: Mike Elkins in the second round in 1989, Matt Blundin in the second round in 1992 and Brodie Croyle in the third round in 2006.
Upon arriving as Kansas City’s new head coach this offseason, Andy Reid knew that making changes under center was imperative for his new team to reverse its recent fortunes—especially coming off a season that saw its starting quarterbacks (Matt Cassel and Brady Quinn) combine to complete fewer than 58 percent of their passes for only 2,937 yards and just eight touchdown passes while committing 28 turnovers.
The Chiefs had a deal in place to acquire Alex Smith from the San Francisco 49ers, which became official today as the new league year began at 4 p.m. EDT. Kansas City then agreed to terms with former New Orleans Saint and backup quarterback to Drew Brees, Chase Daniel (both via KansasCity.com).
Though this year’s crop of college quarterbacks leaves much to be desired in terms of NFL-ready talent, there was hope the Chiefs would begin to tweak their philosophy on how they handled young signal-callers in advance of April’s draft.
The moves to acquire both Smith and Daniel strongly indicate otherwise.
With more pressing holes to now fill in the depth chart, Kansas City will again fall into the old habit of failing to draft and develop its own quarterback—something that has become rather common in the NFL.
No one can dispute that the Chiefs are better off under center in 2013 than in 2012. The question still remains, however, if this franchise will ever find its franchise quarterback.
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