The more things change, the more they stay the same. That seems to be a running theme that gets thrown around Kansas City sports teams a lot, and this year’s offseason for the Chiefs is no exception. After bringing in Andy Reid and John Dorsey, the Chiefs took a 2-14 team and turned it into an 11-5 playoff caliber team in just a year. But the offseason hasn’t been kind to Kansas City. Contract expirations and a small margin of salary cap meant the team would be dropping players left and right, and the team’s biggest attempt at improving ended hilariously painful with Emmanuel Sanders headed to Denver instead of KC. With a tough schedule and plenty of questions on both sides of the ball, the Chiefs could be back to hard times very soon
And now one day into the draft another trend has reemerged. With the 23rd pick overall the Chiefs had the rare opportunity to draft a first-round quarterback, something they hadn’t done since Todd Blackledge, since Texas A&M’s Johnny Manziel had slipped through the cracks and was still on the board. But then Cleveland swooped in, trading for the 22nd pick and picking up the young quarterback trophy winner before the Chiefs had an opportunity to pick him.
Wait, where have I heard this before?
Oh yes, I remember! The year was 2007; the Chiefs were looking at starting either Damon Huard or Brodie Croyle at quarterback and had the 23rd pick overall. Brady Quinn, who had found success in his tenure at Notre Dame, was the surprise of the first round by being overlooked by nearly every team in the league. By the time the 20th pick had been made, people speculated that the Chiefs would take him at 23. But Cleveland traded up with the Dallas Cowboys to grab the 22nd pick and selected Quinn. The Chiefs went with LSU receiver Dwayne Bowe, who in his seven seasons with the Chiefs has become one of the pillars of the offense.
Quinn on the other hand was an absolute bust. In his first season he completed three passes in the three games he played. After three years he had a record of 3-9 as a starter. He was shunted off to Denver as a backup and eventually found his way to Kansas City, where he won only one game as a starter for the Chiefs.
I’m not here to make comparisons between Quinn and Manziel, they’re two very different types of quarterbacks and I feel Manziel actually has the potential to be a star. But as the Chiefs Kingdom spends the next few months pondering over the value of Dee Ford and ask the “what if?” questions about Manziel, take a look at the history books. The Chiefs may have just dodged a bullet.