Is Croyle Worthy to be Considered Starter

Don’t put off the Chiefs’ desire for second-year QB Brodie Croyle (3rd rounder from Alabama), to beat out journeyman Damon Huard for the starting spot. If Croyle becomes the number one man, it will allow the Chiefs to keep pace with their AFC West rivals at that position. The Chargers (Philip Rivers) and Broncos (Jay Cutler) installed young starting quarterbacks last year, and the Raiders will do the same with LSU rookie JaMarcus Russell this season.

If Croyle does not win the role, the Chiefs might have to re-work the depth chart at QB, for competition next year and even draft another quarterback. Croyle is not ready for the tough AFC West defenses, let alone what the NFL has to offer. He is being overvalued at this point right now, and is being rushed into the starting position. This example of bad management reminds me of another AFC team that rushed a similar, ‘not so talented’ 3rd rounder into playing right away, then quickly became a full-time starter for an NFL team?!?

If you guessed Charlie Frye of the Cleveland Browns, than you were absolutely correct. Both have little to none leadership skills, neither leading their teams to many wins in college, and they have awful accuracy. Their talent still remains as big of a question mark on Draft day, like it does now. Croyle has some scrambling ability and toughness to him but he cannot handle the heat or the pressure of working in the kitchen (the pocket, where blitzing defenses will go after him relentlessly) therefore, he should not be forced into being a starter.

He cannot hang with the big fish in the sea. Right now he is learning to swim in practice, and unless he makes vast improvements soon, with the gap being too far away compared to other starters, the Chiefs will stumble with Croyle in. Kansas City needs an experienced QB in there right now because inserting Croyle will be a re-building move, with not much reward to it. Croyle’s upside is likened to Frye’s.

Everyone will see for sure on the road in Chicago, when a strong Week two Bears defense will be awaiting them, surrounding him like a pack of wolves, aggressively attacking the young quarterback, like a predator (a Bear) goes after some young helpless prey (Croyle). The Chiefs are on their way down, with a below .500 season staring them right in the face. Eight man fronts will be the norm regularly for Larry Johnson and friends.

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