Sep 3, 2015; St. Louis, MO, USA; Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith (11) and Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Chase Daniel (10) before the game between the St. Louis Rams and the Kansas City Chiefs during the first half at the Edward Jones Dome. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports
Then: Matt Cassel, Brady Quinn, Ricky Stanzi, Alex Tanney
Now: Alex Smith, Chase Daniel, Aaron Murray
In terms of upgrading the roster there isn’t any other position as vital to the team’s success as the quarterback position. While Scott Pioli refused to admit that Matt Cassel simply wasn’t the answer, John Dorsey wasted little time showing Cassel the door and bringing in Alex Smith. While Smith has his detractors, there is simply no denying that he is an upgrade over Cassel. After leaving the Chiefs, Cassel spent two uneventful seasons in Minnesota before going to Buffalo this past offseason. After getting beat out by Tyrod Taylor and EJ Manuel he was released this past week and as of this writing has not been picked up yet.
Not only is the Chiefs starting quarterback situation better, the depth is far superior as well. Chase Daniel has proven himself a great backup and has performed well when called upon. Brady Quinn is no longer in the NFL. Aaron Murray provides KC with a young developmental quarterback while Ricky Stanzi and Alex Tanney have bounced around the NFL and have been unable to stick on a roster.
I know a lot of KC fans would love for the Chiefs to have the NFL’s “next great QB” on their roster, but those guys are nearly impossible to find. Dorsey needed to fix a terrible quarterback situation and provide the team with the stability needed to win games. Not only did he do that by bringing in Smith, he has built much needed depth behind him and put KC in a position where they now can compete for the playoffs.
Next up, the running backs…..
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