Let me open this post by stating what I would think is an obvious fact: I am NOT cordalew at Arrowhead Pride. (Although the tinfoil helmet is a winner in my book.)
My online moniker is almost always teamtito15, or a combination of my first initial, middle initial, and last name. I sure as all hell wouldn’t come up with “cordalew” as an alias.
Having said that, yes. Yes, yes yes! to the proposal offered in cordalew’s post linked here. I think it’s genius – it strengthens a position of weakness (QB), it brings in the guy I truly believe can be the long-term (aka “decade long”) solution at the position, it trades from a position of strength for the Chiefs (CB), and it nets us at least an extra day two draft pick, if not a day one draft pick (read cordalew’s proposal – I think if Pioli held out for the player trade with number 31 overall coming back to KC, the Patriots don’t necessarily hang up the phone …)
Look it, I get the Peyton Manning hysteria. Christ, I’ve bought into it – just seeing Bob“Bulldog” Fescoe’s tweet today about the Chiefs and Manning’s agent having contract discussions made me giddy. But Peyton Manning is NOT the long-term solution.
IF the Chiefs acquired Peyton Manning? We know how the next three years would play out. Two division titles, one wildcard berth, a couple playoff wins, and if everything breaks right, an AFC Title Game loss.
But if the Chiefs, their braintrust, ownership, front office, you name it, if they set aside the media and public opinion and “aim for the stars” so to speak … well, what I do know is this – if you believe in a young, talented quarterback, ACQUIRE HIM!
Ask the Jaguars if they regret the 3rd and 5th they gave Green Bay for Mark Brunell. Or the Seahawks if they regret the 1st and 3rd they gave Green Bay for Matt Hasselbeck.
Or the Giants if they regret giving Philip Rivers, Shawne Merriman, and Nate Keading (who the three picks they sent to the Chargers turned into) to San Diego for Eli Manning.
I ask you Chiefs fans: would you give up two first round picks, a multi-Pro Bowl quarterback, a decent linebacker, and a solid placekicker … for TWO Lombardi Trophies in four years?
I rest my case.
Because I truly believe Ryan Mallett is going to be a star in this league. Not a Tamba Hali type star, the kind of guy who people like me or “The Voice of Reason” buy a jersey for and wear to home games.
I mean a “star”, as in “people in Salt Lake City wear his jersey” type of star.
If Peyton Manning is the Chiefs starting QB come September 9th? I’m OK with it. It means we’re looking at a 10-6 division champion that craps out on the road at (insert opponent here: New England, New York, Baltimore, Pittsburgh, Houston).
If Ryan Mallett is the Chiefs starting QB come September 9th? It means we’re looking at a 10-6 division champion that craps out on the road the third Sunday in January at (insert opponent here: New England, New York, Baltimore, Pittsburgh, Houston).
The difference being … come 2013, which quarterback would replicate 2012 … and which one could improve on it …