After the Chiefs embarrassing loss to the Oakland Raiders on Sunday two things seem pretty clear, one Herm Edwards is committed to rebuilding and two Chiefs fans want Carl and Herm fired. First off firing Carl Peterson would have done some good say five years ago but now Carl is nothing more than a figure head.
Herm Edwards and Bill Kuharick run the draft and identify who they want in free agency and Chiefs front office executives Denny Thum and Lynn Styles get the contracts hammered out. Carl is more involved with renovation project and business aspect than day to day operations.. Firing Carl would be a waste of time and effort.
Firing Herm would be the biggest mistake the Chiefs could possibly make, all it would do is set the whole rebuilding process back two years minimum. Even if we brought back fan favorite Bill Cowher it would not make a difference the Chiefs had to get worse before they got better.
Herm Edwards proved he was committed to rebuilding when he left Tyler Thigpen in for the remainder of the game after Huard‘s injury. Granted everybody says Damon Huard was too injured to go back in the game, something tells me if the Chiefs were a playoff contender Huard would have been back in the game.
The Chiefs were down by six at half if Huard would have went back in the game we could have won the game but we already know who Huard is and we are not going to the playoffs. Amid Boo Birds and fans exiting the stadium Herm kept his word he is rebuilding the Chiefs, he got Tyler Thigpen 33 pass attempts in the game that gives him what 35 pass attempts for his career. Now the Chiefs are that much closer to finding out who Thigpen is.
While Thigpen looked more lost against the Raiders than anybody I have seen at that position in a long time, towards the fourth quarter it looked like the game started to slow down a little for him. That could be because the Raiders were in a soft prevent defense for most of the quarter or it could be Tyler Thigpen learned how to play QB.
There is a debate waging at Arrowhead on whether or not to start Thigpen over Huard. Start Thigpen, if he starts and plays well against Atlanta leave him in until he proves he is not the guy…..even if Brodie gets healthy keep Thigpen in. If Thigpen plays poorly while Brodie is out then you just learned Thigpen is not the guy.
Then you play Brodie the rest of the year and give him every opportunity to prove he can stay healthy and be the guy. If Croyle falters you can draft a QB in the first round next year and hope they hit with the pick. One other option the Chiefs have if of course they feel they have seen enough of the Thigpen-Croyle duo is to be pro active and acquire their QB of the future via trade before the week six trade deadline. Not a easy task to pull off but one team has what the Chiefs need and may be willing to make a deal Cleveland.
The Browns drafted Brady Quinn before they knew they already had their QOF in Derek Anderson. Cleveland Coaches and front office personnel are under pressure to win now and the Browns are 0-2. If the Chiefs offered the Browns their first round pick in next years draft and say some win now veterans like Pat Surtain and Donnie Edwards the Browns could be inclined to take the offer.
The Chiefs could more than absorb the cap hit from trading the players being 33 million under the cap. The contract the Browns have Quinn signed to is very team friendly his guaranteed money is only 7.5 million half of which has probably already came off the Browns books. This would keep fans in the seats and advance the rebuilding process a whole year………..but that just makes to much sense.
If the QB that gives the Chiefs the best chance to win now is not playing why are any of the other veterans? Why is Pat Surtain ahead of Brandon Carr on the depth chart? Why is Damion Mcintosh ahead of Barry Richardson on the depth chart? The saddest part of the Raiders debacle is not a player who played in the game it is the players I did not see play in the game.
All off season we heard about Brad Cottam and two tight end sets where has that been at? We give up 300 yards rushing and we don’t put third round pick DeJuan Morgan in the game to see if he can slow down Mcfadden? Will Franklin said he was 100% and ready to go for the game why did the Chiefs hold out Franklin and activate WR/QB Marques Hagans for the game?
Was it to trot Hagans out as QB for a hand full of plays because that turned out horribly. When Hagans trotted out there nobody was fooled everybody knew he is in the game to try and scramble around and make some plays. It made the Chiefs look like a high school football team I will never forgive Chan Gailey for that.
The best piece of advice for Chiefs fans is to be fans and continue to go the games and support the team. When the Chiefs were going to the playoffs every year all I ever heard fans say is they would sit thru a couple of losing seasons if the Chiefs would rebuild to become Super Bowl contenders and not just playoff contenders.
Now the Chiefs are doing that and Arrowhead struggled to be a sellout on it’s home opener against the Raiders. I mean the game was garbage but fans did not know that before they chose not to buy a ticket. Fans will not prove a point or get Carl fired by not going to the game they will only hurt their reputation as the best fans in the NFL.