Is Tyler Thigpen the Guy In 2009?

Cameron FletcherContributor IDecember 11, 2008

Will the Kansas City Chiefs get Thiggy with it next year? The question that must be answered heading into next season is, will Tyler Thigpen be the starter next season for the Chiefs?

After a really slow start, Thigpen has come along. The Chiefs changed their offensive scheme to a pistol formation focusing on the spread offense. With this change, opposing defenses no longer could just stuff the box and stop the run. They now had to be weary of the pass play.

Thigpen is doing a good job, completing passes and creating first downs with his running ability, which is something Damon Huard and Brodie Croyle couldn't do.

Sure the wins haven't been there, but it's plain to see this team has gotten better since week 1.

It seems that the logical thing the Chiefs should do is give Thigpen another shot next season, seeing if it is just a matter of lack of film to study or sheer talent that has made him so successful.

The only caveat to that would be if the Chiefs have the ability in April's draft to select a potential franchise quarterback in the Top 5, say a Sam Bradford or a Tim Tebow, if he leaves early.

The Chiefs cannot pass on that option if it's available. But if it's not, stick with Thigpen and see what the kid can do.

Thigpen's story is an interesting one. Coastal Carolina, the college he played for, recruited him as a wide receiver before that school even had a football program.

Thigpen mentioned on a recent radio show with Mitch Holthus, that first year they practiced and practiced and practiced.

They didn't have any games to play so they just practiced. By that second year, he was instilled as the team's quarterback and the rest is history.

Thigpen was the first player from Coastal Carolina to be drafted in the seventh round of the 2007 draft by the Minnesota Vikings. The Chiefs then claimed him off waivers in September of 2007.