(Everybody, give our pops, old man Best, a warm A.A. welcome! He’s not around a lot because he’s a cardiologist–plus, he’s not exactly Steve Jobs when it comes to computers–but he’s a sharp guy who knows his Chiefs and his football. It was his passion for the Chiefs that fostered Zach and I into the Chiefs die-hards we are today. “This Old Chief” will be appearing on Monday nights. It’s great to have the old man on board, and I know he’ll add a long-term perspective that some of us young bucks don’t have. - Adam)
Originally, I was going to begin my first column about the good and the bad regarding yesterday’s narrow defeat. Instead I am struck again with the overwhelming issue which has kept the Chiefs out of the Super Bowl since 1969–the lack of a franchise quarterback. Seeing Tom Brady going down to an ACL injury made the once dominant Patriots become the old Pats we knew back in the 60’s and 70’s–beatable.
There were other examples this weekend including the miserable first half by Tarvaris Jackson. Yet I am struck with the notion that the Chiefs simply will not draft a quarterback in the first round since being burned by the likes of Steve Fuller and Todd Blackledge. Instead they would rather fail with Trezelle Jenkins and Ryan Sims.The Chiefs prefer the rent-a-QB strategy that was invented by King Carl. As a result, we are left with a parade of Steve DeBerg, Dave Krieg, Elvis Grbac, Steve Bono ,Trent Green and now Damon Huard.
Obviously, you can’t always depend on the draft, but how about some long-range planning like Green Bay did with Aaron Rodgers or Denver with Jay Cutler. The loss of Tom Brady and the success of Mr. Rodgers tonight only underscores that you can’t win without a franchise QB. The Chiefs have two first-rounders, a second-rounder and a third-rounder on the defensive line, all drafted in the last three years. Couldn’t we of used one of those picks to pick another QB to compete with the China Doll–Mr. Brodie Croyle.?
Why didn’t they trade up to get a shot at a QB? They have before to get Gonzalez, the aforementioned Sims and this year Brandon Albert. Furthermore, I feel that when you focus on drafting a QB early your scouts do a better job of evaluating other potential QB’s in later rounds.
Chiefs, Carl and Herm, throw away the old blueprint for mediocrity, put the China Doll on the shelf and start evaluating QB for next year’s draft.