Kansas City Chiefs: 6 QB Options Besides Matt Cassel in 2012

Bill Robbins@bill_kc28Correspondent ISeptember 27, 2011

Kansas City Chiefs: 6 QB Options Besides Matt Cassel in 2012

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    The Kansas City Chiefs have struggled mightily with their offense through the early part of this season.

    To illustrate, they have only managed to score 27 points in their first three games combined.

    One of the main reasons for the team's offensive struggles has been QB Matt Cassel.

    He lacks play-making ability from a position where the Chiefs really need to have it.

    Here are six QB who could replace him in 2012.

Matt Barkley, USC

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    If the Chiefs elect to draft a QB next year, USC's Matt Barkley might just be the next best option if they aren't able to land Andrew Luck.

    He appears to be a Mark Sanchez-type QB based on his size, mobility and how he plays the game.

    Barkley is also very competitive and loves playing the game of football, which is something that Chiefs GM Scott Pioli admires.

    The Newport Beach, CA, native would be worth the risk if he falls to KC in Round 1 of the 2012 NFL draft.

Landry Jones, Oklahoma

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    Landry Jones is an interesting prospect because of the offensive system that he has been involved in at Oklahoma.

    The Sooners have typically ran an accelerated hurry-up offense for the bulk of the time that Jones has been the team's QB.

    He could turn out to be a solid quarterback in the NFL, but many argue that he is just a system QB, like Matt Cassel was with the Patriots.

    Either way, he would still be a better option than the current Chiefs situation at quarterback.

Robert Griffin III, Baylor

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    Baylor's Robert Griffin III is unlike any other quarterback on this list.

    He is a dual-threat QB and would instantly make the Chiefs offense one of the fastest units in the league.

    He's rushed for over 1,700 yards in his collegiate career and has shown the ability to be an elite passer, with 13 passing TDs so far this season.

    Could you imagine an offense with RG3, Jamaal Charles and Dexter McCluster all in the backfield?

Ricky Stanzi, Kansas City Chiefs

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    KC rookie Ricky Stanzi was drafted in the fifth round of the '11 NFL draft as a developmental pick.

    Some say that he was just drafted to become a backup, but the jury is still out on whether the former University of Iowa star could become the team's QB of the future.

    It appears that he has the tools to succeed in the NFL, but lacks in other areas that are needed to become a franchise quarterback.

    If Cassel continues to regress this season and KC elects not to select a QB in the early rounds next year, it could be Stanzi's job to lose in 2012.

Nick Foles, Arizona

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    University of Arizona's Nick Foles is a big QB that is known as a pure pocket passer.

    He is big at 6'5", 240 lbs, and is also hard to take down when he is on the run.

    In his first game of the '11 season, he threw for 412 yards and five TDs in a win against Northern Arizona.

    He will likely not be a first-round pick in next April's draft, but he is still a very talented player that would be an upgrade over Cassel.

Andrew Luck, Stanford

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    Stanford's QB looks like a sure thing to becoming a star NFL signal-caller for many years to come.

    He was a runner-up for the Heisman Trophy last season and has the size, arm strength, intelligence and mobility to become an elite QB for any NFL team.

    Also, judging by his fan-generated "Suck For Luck" campaign that has been gaining popularity by the day, Chiefs fans wouldn't mind having him on their roster next season.

    However, for this to happen, KC would have to finish with the worst record in the league so that they could select Luck with the No. 1 overall pick in next year's draft.