The Chiefs problems Pt 1: The Offense

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But Smith is not alone.  Let’s nip this in the bud right now…Chase Daniel is not a starting-caliber quarterback.  I don’t care what you think you saw when he was matched up against a bunch of scrubs (many of whom are currently unemployed).  You can go ahead and come back with whatever “proof” of Daniel’s ability you like…it’s wrong.  I know it’s wrong.  You know it’s wrong.  Everyone knows it’s wrong…especially when you don’t even actually know his name.  However, it is convenient to the argument of replacing Smith, so it continues to pick up steam.  It’s not like we haven’t been here before folks…remember when we all found out that yes, Brady Quinn really can be just as bad (if not worse) than Matt Cassel?  Same story, new cast.

For all of his college hype, the only thing Aaron Murray has proven in Kansas City is that he can’t beat out Chase Daniel. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

After Chase Daniel, we have…the guy who can’t beat out Chase Daniel.  Aaron Murray has never impressed me.  Going all the way back to his Georgia days, I never felt he was an NFL-caliber quarterback.  Nothing about him made me think “this guy will be slinging it on Sundays”.  He put up some great stats, sure.  But he also had a ton of talent around him.  And there would be games where he just disappeared and was a total non-factor.  The lack of height and the injuries didn’t help anything.  Sure, cue up your “Russell Wilson and Drew Brees” line…they’re the exceptions.  Exceptions to rules established by people that know way more about football than you or I.  And so far, Aaron Murray has not proven to be another of the exceptions.  All he has proven to be is the inactive third quarterback on a team with a problem at quarterback.  That shouldn’t be awe-inspiring to anyone.

Then there is Tyler Bray.  There must be something about Bray that the coaching staff really likes.  It makes absolutely no sense otherwise for them to keep putting him on Injured Reserve.  Of course, the obvious problem with this is that nobody has any idea what he is capable of.

But why bring up the backups who haven’t played yet?  What have they done wrong?  The truth is that the Chiefs could replace all of their quarterbacks this offseason.  There isn’t a single one of them that has done anything to prove they are worth holding on to for the long term…and that’s a huge problem in the third year of the new program.  What these guys have done wrong (or not done right) is become that heir apparent to Alex Smith.  None of these young quarterbacks are showing that they should be what is on the other side of the bridge that is Alex Smith.

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