QHA – Why Manning Should Land in KC

This sight would be beyond description.

WRITTEN BY GREG

News broke today that the Kansas City Chiefs have offered a contract to recently-released quarterback Peyton Manning.  While this report has not been substantiated or any kind of details released on what the offer was, it is an intriguing move by the Chiefs to solidify their signal-caller situation.  The Chiefs have just as good a chance to land the future Hall of Famer as any other franchise, it is just a matter if they can beat out the other teams vying for his services.

Matt Cassel, the incumbent, was a Pro Bowler his 2nd year with KC, when he went 10-6 as a starter and helped the Chiefs in the AFC West.  Flash forward a year later, and Cassel is having surgery on his hand and winces while Tyler Palko makes his horrible skills known the to the world.

Things changed when Kyle Orton was claimed off waivers from Denver and he (in large part) helped defeat the once-undefeated Green Bay Packers.  By winning 2 of their last 3 games and narrowly missing the playoffs, Orton’s stock amongst fans rose sharply and put the Chiefs in a good position to choose a starting QB before 2012.

With Manning’s release from Indianapolis over concerns his $28M roster bonus would break the bank and go away from the direction ownership wants to go (the Colts hold the keys to the 1st overall pick, probably using it on Stanford QB Andrew Luck), and nagging and uncertain neck problems, the QB market became a lot more heated.

Several teams, including the Chiefs, have inquired about signing Manning.  Among them are the Dolphins, Broncos, Jets, Cardinals, Seahawks and about 6 others.  On this list, the Broncos made the playoffs (despite Tim Tebow at QB) and could represent the “closest” to the playoffs should Manning sign with them.

But Kansas City probably is the better team with the better roster and has GOBS of salary cap room to sign Manning to a lucrative deal AND sign more players to make a run deep into the playoffs in 2012.  The Chiefs finished 7-9 and the Broncos 8-8 a year ago, where the Chiefs were without the services of Cassel, All-Pro running back Jamaal Charles, safety Eric Barry, and tight end Tony Moeaki.  The defense is starting to come into its own under Romeo Crennel’s guidance as Head Coach/D-Coordinator.

What Manning could provide to the Chiefs is something of what Joe Montana did nearly 20 years ago.  That year, Montana left his only pro home in San Francisco and joined a KC team that had been to the playoffs each of the previous 3 years.  In 1993, along with Marcus Allen at running back, Montana guided the Chiefs to the AFC title game, losing to the 3rd of 4 straight Buffalo Bills teams to go to the Super Bowl.

His play at quarterback haunted Chiefs fans twice in the playoffs (2003 and 2006), and his style would enable the defense to stay off the field and be super-aggressive while on it, as they are an excellent attack 3-4 but struggle to stop teams on long drives.  Manning’s presence would be felt immediately and change the playoff picture in the AFC dramatically.

With the Chiefs’ schedule for next year, here is my prediction for the range of outcomes based on QB:

Matt Cassel:  7-9 to 10-6 (likely 8-8)

Kyle Orton:  8-8 to 11-5 (likely 9-7)

Peyton Manning:  9-7 to 13-3 (likely 11-5)

With that kind of variance totally up to one position, I say you sign the best there is available and sit back and reap the rewards.  Scott Pioli and Clark Hunt, go get Manning.

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~ by goetgre on March 10, 2012.

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