For those of you are sick of hearing about Brett Favre, deal with it. He’s possibly the NFL‘s most popular player, and he’s being traded from a franchise he’s won more games for than any other QB has ever won for any other franchise. It looks like Favre is going to switch Bays–going from the Green Bay Packers to the Tampa Bay Bucanneers. Arrrgh! This is the biggest NFL news since Michael Vick got sent to Oz. No, not the one with Dorothy and Toto, although Leavenworth is in Kansas.
Anyway, the real news here for Chiefs fans is that the Bucs have a jillion QBs. Why is that news? Because the Chiefs don’t have a good back-up option at quarterback. Tyler Thigpen is short, and he’s a better athlete than quarterback. As for Damon Huard, it became clear to me last season that he prefers holding a clipboard to getting shellacked. Plus, neither player has impressed anyone up in River Falls. The Chiefs need a back-up quarterback, preferably one who has some long-term potential should Brodie Croyle fail.
Now, my first choice would be Byron Leftwich. who recently looked great in a workout for the Titans. Leftwich is still only 28, and I honestly see him as extremely undervalued at this point. I mean, he’s a former first-rounder who’s had some success in the league. It’s not like he’s Joey Harrington. Perhaps the reason he’s still out there is his price tag. Or maybe it’s because his poor performance in Atlanta, which isn’t fair. He joined the Falcons very late, and was injured for much of the season. The Falcons were an absolute mess last year, too put things nicely. I don’t hold anything that happened there against him.
We lead the league in cap room, and are looking for young players, so he should be a good fit. Remember, 28 is young for a quarterback. Leftwich is tough, he’s smart, he’s a team player and a natural leader. He’s also never had two targets as talented as Dwayne Bowe and Tony Gonzalez. And he’s used to playing in a run-oriented offense due to his days with Jaguars. I think he’d be a good fit for Chan Gailey.
Unfortunately, I have a feeling that Leftwich is out of the Chiefs’ price range. Additionally, bringing in Leftwich, a former longtime starter, wouldn’t exactly be viewed as a ringing endorsement for Croyle. That’s why I’m looking back to Tampa.
Tampa will have six quarterbacks after trading for Favre–Favre, Jeff Garcia, Brian Griese, tantilizing rookie speedster Josh Johnson, Luke McCown and Chris Simms. Even if Jon “Captain Quarterback” Gruden ends up keeping four–more than most teams ever do–he’s still got to let two guys go, or trade them. My guess is that those guys will be McCown and Simms. McCown isn’t bad, but as you all know I’m really high on Simms.
I don’t really feel like Simms had the opportunity to succeed in Tampa Bay, and for that reason he is undervalued. Big 12 fans will remember the losses to OU, but what I remember is his insane QB rating at Texas, and then him engineering several comeback wins as a Buc. He’s been better than Brodie in both college and the pros. Just wanted to throw that out there for all the people who were screaming that Brodie hasn’t had a fair shot either. Plus, I’d feel better if we gambled on two guys instead of just one.
I think the Chiefs should move Huard for a day-two draft pick, keep Thigpen around for at least the preseason, and bring in another guy, preferably Leftwich or Simms. Brodie Croyle has looked good so far, but should he falter or get injured (the latter is very likely), we need to invest time in a QB who could potentially be part of our rebuilding project.
What does everybody else think about Favre, Leftwich, Simms and the crazy QB carousel in Tampa Bay?