The Chiefs made one fatal error this season that has threatened to stunt their entire rebuilding process, they put all of their eggs in the basket of a young unproven quarterback. The Chiefs repeated that mistake Monday when they cancelled a workout with the semi-retired quarterback.
The Chiefs who had been in talks with Culpepper over the past week decided they were no longer interested in his services. This decision looks to be motivated by the performance of Tyler Thigpen who nearly led the Chiefs to victory over the Jets and posted a quarterback rating of 110.9.
Good teams acquire good players, with a opportunity to land a former all pro Carl Peterson saw enough in Thigpen and his performance in the meadowlands to call Culpepper early Monday and cancel the visit. Thigpen has only played well in one contest of the three that he has played in this season.
At the very least Culpepper would have provided a solid insurance policy in case Double T starts throwing to the wrong color jerseys again. Ingle Martin is likely the QB that would have been cut to make room for the transaction Now Culpepper is in talks with the Lions and that ship may have now sailed for the Chiefs. A depth chart of Tyler Thigpen, Duante Culpepper, Quinn Gray looks a lot better than Tyler Thigpen, Ingle Martin, Quinn Gray.
Culpepper would have killed two birds with one stone, He wanted to be guaranteed a legitimate shot at that starting spot, the Chiefs currently have the most wide open quarterback situation in the league.
In addition to that he wanted a two year contract, the Chiefs will need a stop gap option for next season when they almost certainly will have a top five draft pick and will have either Sam Bradford of Oklahoma or Matthew Stafford of Georgia fall in their laps. Going with Thigpen for the duration is a scary prospect for a offense that has struggled to score points and move the ball.
Once again at week nine just like week one the Chiefs have all of their eggs in a young unproven quarterbacks basket.