During the open date and coming off the horrendous effort two Sundays ago, I have had a week to contemplate many issues regarding our beloved Chiefs. One of these is the approach this franchise has had regarding the most important NFL position hands down–quarterback.
During Carl Peterson‘s reign we have had a revolving door of rental quarterbacks. I have for convenience listed these starting QB’s in order of appearance and their order in the draft:
1989-1991 – Steve DeBerg (drafted by Dallas out of San Jose State, 10th round)
1992 – Dave Kreig (free agent out of Milton College, signed with Seattle)
1993-94 – Joe Montana (drafted by S.F out of N.D.in 1978, 93rd overall)
1995-1996 – Steve Bono (drafted by Minnesota out of UCLA, 6th round)
1997-2000 – Elvis Grbac (drafted by S.F. out of Michigan, 8th round)
1998 – Rich Gannon (drafted by New England out of Delaware, 4th round)
2001-2006 -Trent Green (drafted by San Diego, 8th round)
2007 - Damon Huard (free agent out of Washington)
2008 – Brodie Croyle (drafted out of Alabam, 3rd round)
Carl’s impatience with the QB position is only supplanted by his futility in drafting the position. In the 20 years he has been GM his drafted QB’s have thrown 23 interceptions and only 10 TD passes. Furthermore, none of his draftees have ever lead the Chiefs to a regular season victory. Here is Carl’s record:
1989 – Mike Elkins (2nd round out of Wake Forest)
1992 – Matt Blundin (2nd round out of Virginia)
1994 – Steve Mathews (7th round out of Memphis)
1995 – Steve Stenstrom (4th round out of Stanford)
1997 – Pat Barnes (4th out of California)
2005 - James Killian (7th out of Tulsa)
2006 – Brodie Croyle (3rd round out of Alabama)
What a legacy. Now you know why he wouldn’t trade up for Brady Quinn or Matt Ryan. He has a mental block when it comes to picking QB’s. Either that or he simply does not have the patience until now to suffer through a major rebuilding effort. Carl likes old, seasoned QB’s who can manage a game and allow the Chiefs to always be competitive. Great strategy if your goal is to avoid losing seasons and fill Arrowhead. Bad strategy if you want to win Super Bowls.
I want to leave you with one thought. The Chiefs have had one franchise QB, Lenny Dawson, and he lead them to their only Super Bowl appearance. Do you honestly think the Chiefs will make it with RENT-A-QB?