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Old 06-05-2007, 07:46 AM  
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RAND: Don't look too far down the road

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RAND: Don't look too far down the road
Jun 05, 2007, 1:18:20 AM by Jonathan Rand - FAQ


During the next few months, we’ll keep hearing lots of reasons why the Chiefs’ starting quarterback should be Damon Huard, Brodie Croyle or even Trent Green should trade talks with the Dolphins fall apart. Not all the reasons will sound all that reasonable.

Coach Herm Edwards was asked at the end of the weekend mini-camp if it was important to his eventual starting quarterback that he get the nod soon. There have, in fact, been NFL quarterbacks who’ve been so mishandled, booed or criticized that they’ve needed their confidence rebuilt with an early assurance that the starting jobs was theirs.

That’s not necessary with the Chiefs. Huard has spent a decade in the fire station responding whenever the bell rings and wouldn’t be fazed if he were named the starter five minutes before kickoff for the opener.

Croyle, entering his second season, would be so happy to start that the timing wouldn’t matter to him, either. And Green, after six years as the opening-day starter, could resume that role as easily as somebody slipping back on the living room couch.

So Edwards needs not hurry to name a starting quarterback. Besides, he and his staff will need all the time they can get to make an educated guess on the readiness of Croyle, who threw just seven passes as a rookie.

Edwards won’t actually know whether Croyle is ready until he gets to play. All the practice field and pre-season reps in the world won’t reveal if a quarterback’s decision making, leadership and skills can hold up against the blinding speed and relentless pressure of a regular-season game.

A major factor in Croyle’s favor, supposedly, is that the Chiefs can’t afford to stunt his development while AFC West rivals develop young quarterbacks – the Raiders with rookie JaMarcus Russell, the Broncos with Jay Cutler and the Chargers with Philip Rivers.

This factor is overrated.
If Croyle performs as well as either of his rivals, his age and upside would be the logical tie-breaker to give him the job. But if he’s not ready to play and win, it would be a mistake to force feed him into the lineup just to keep up with the Joneses. It’s too difficult to win in the NFL to compromise a season just to develop a young quarterback.

The Broncos probably would’ve made the playoffs last season had Mike Shanahan not benched veteran Jake Plummer with a 7-4 record. Tired of Plummer’s interceptions, Shanahan went to Cutler, a rookie, and the Broncos finished 2-3. In a home game against the 49ers that could’ve put the Broncos in the playoffs, Cutler played unevenly after getting knocked woozy and the Broncos were upset 26-23. That loss gave the Chiefs the AFC’s last playoff spot.

A coach is looking too far down the road if he’s worried that in a year or two his division rivals will have more experienced quarterbacks. Just look at the Chargers last year.

Marty Schottenheimer was forced to start Rivers, a third-year player who’d never started, because the front office allowed veteran Drew Brees to leave via free agency. The other AFC teams started out with veterans – Green, Plummer and the Raiders’ Aaron Brooks. The Chargers finished 14-2. So much for worrying about having the division’s least experienced passer.

It’s always a bonus to find a talented young quarterback who can lead a franchise into the future. But if Green, pushing 37, were still a Pro Bowl quarterback and not the player who declined last season, Edwards would be crazy not to start him. The NFL is too unpredictable and volatile – and a playoff spot is much too precious — for a coach to look too far down the road.

Edwards ought to pick the quarterback who’s best equipped to win right now.



Does anyone have thoughts on the bolded issue. I haven't followed too many quarterbacks' development, so I wanted your guys opinions.
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Old 06-05-2007, 07:53 AM   #2
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This is the biggest problem with the Chiefs and the **** tool Carl... KC Media is so stupid "Edwards ought to pick the quarterback who’s best equipped to win right now."

Win right now? Why? Why not build for the next 5-6 years or longer? Why is everyone so enamored with those first round losses with some backup or old vet? Stupid, Stupid, Stupid... How many times have we witnessed this over the last 18 years???

What a piece of shit article... This is why KC has never won a superbowl with Carl. They cant build for the future....

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Old 06-05-2007, 07:59 AM   #3
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No, he has a good point. There's no reason to rush Croyle.
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Old 06-05-2007, 08:04 AM   #4
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I think it is important to find a young QB, develop him and stick with him. I think it is important to figure out this year if Croyle is the man or not.
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Old 06-05-2007, 08:04 AM   #5
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No, he has a good point. There's no reason to rush Croyle.

No reason to start Huard either...

What is so important about this year that we feel we have to compromise our rebuilding process with starting some washed up never was or a qb that was served up scrabbled last year?


No need to rush Croyle and pressure him to carry this team.. We arent going to the playoffs anyway or win if we make it, so why waste another year of Croyle on the bench just so we can continue our trend of playing over the hill QB's?

When was the last time we started a QB this young and tried to develop a QB in KC? I really would like to know....
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Old 06-05-2007, 08:07 AM   #6
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Is there a normal time that it takes good quarterbacks to develop? My point is that if he is not ready this season, what is the probability that he will ever be ready? From my admittedly short experience, it seems like good QB's coming out of college only need to sit for a year or so. Others like Green have taken longer, but I don't think they are typically drafted as QBOF type players. Is there any "normal" time that they need to develop?

The other thing is that Herm's offense, as I understand, isn't tough and he should be able to pick it up relatively quickly, its just his leadership and decision making that is needing developed. Is that correct?
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Old 06-05-2007, 08:08 AM   #7
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No reason to start Huard either...

What is so important about this year that we feel we have to compromise our rebuilding process?
Dude, we're not going 6-10 this year. Just shut up already.
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Old 06-05-2007, 08:13 AM   #8
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When was the last time we started a QB this young and tried to develop a QB in KC? I really would like to know....
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Dude, we're not going 6-10 this year. Just shut up already.
Couldn't have said it better myself...

This team is going to be better than last years, and is ascending.
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Best man plays. Period. If Croyle doesn't start season
I still expect him mid way thru season... ala 2006 Donxs
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Dude, we're not going 6-10 this year. Just shut up already.
Reerun has to be the dumbest person on this board.
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Dude, we're not going 6-10 this year. Just shut up already.

So Mr Spellchecker, YOU would bench Croyle and start Huard? That would be playing for the future in your book?

Also, I never said 6-10 in any of my posts on this topic.... Where are you getting that weak action from?
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Reerun has to be the dumbest person on this board.

Why because I didnt say 6-10?
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So Mr Spellchecker, YOU would bench Croyle and start Huard? That would be playing for the future in your book?

Also, I never said 6-10 in any of my posts on this topic.... Where are you getting that weak action from?
Start whoever is going to give the team the best chance of winning on Sunday.
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Start whoever is going to give the team the best chance of winning on Sunday.

What about best chance to win next season? instead of Brodie, do we draft yet another QB to sit on the bench while we play musical chairs with 30+ year old QB's?

Wouldnt you like to know if Brodie can play or not? Like someone said, Herms offense is pretty simple... He just has to manage the game, make a couple of throws and hand off to LJ....
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