“I would take Tim Tebow today over Chase Daniel [Saints] and Matt Flynn [Seahawks]. At least Tim Tebow has proven he can take a team to the playoffs and win a playoff game.”
Bob Fescoe, 610 AM
GH: This from your 28th-ranked sports talker in the nation. Now you know what you need to get noticed – the balls to be outrageously and embarrassingly dense.
“Timing is everything. If the KC had the #1 pick in last season’s NFL draft, they take Andrew Luck. This year? A QB-version of Tyson Jackson.”
Neal Jones, @NealJonmeskctv5, Twitter
GH: Is the draft that bereft of quality quarterbacks? Probably not. But I don’t think anyone is under the impression that the next Andrew Luck or RG3 is waiting in April. Read on.
“You absolutely have to draft a quarterback with the first draft pick! I’m not in favor of drafting two quarterbacks [in this draft]. … Get a stinking quarterback! Are you kidding me?”
Kevin Kietzman, 810 AM
GH: No one on in the KC media has been more vocal about the Chiefs need to draft a quarterback with their first pick. KK swears his relentless hammering of the Chiefs refusal to go after Peyton Manning or any other viable quarterback options in the off-season is the reason Scott Pioli refuses to appear as a guest on his show. One thing is very clear to me – since Pioli has refused KK’s invites, Kietzman’s show has changed from Chiefs’ caterer to Pioli baiter. Screw the exclusive Chiefs radio contract and Mitch Holthus’ riveting Chiefs Kingdom show. “We have the Lake Lotawana Lizard here tonight and her underwater school of Beermaids at the bar!”
“It’s okay to reach [in the draft] for a defensive tackle like Tyson Jackson but it’s not okay to reach for a quarterback?”
Nate Bukaty, on Pioli picking the underperforming Jackson with the third overall pick in 2009, 810 AM
GH: Hard to argue with this logic – except to say that why duplicate a dumb pick? Picking Jackson third overall looks ridiculous now. Will picking Geno Smith at number-one overall look just as foolish three years from now?
“Why do we want everybody else’s garbage? Let’s get our own garbage.”
Bob Fescoe, who is not in favor of the Chiefs signing another team’s back-up quarterback like Kirk Cousins, Chase Daniel, Matt Flynn or Alex Smith, 610 AM
GH: I’d prefer to stay away from garbage. Isn’t that why Pioli and his fellow GMs get paid millions – to evaluate and talent? Pioli couldn’t correctly evaluate Matt Cassel – and he watched him practice and play in New England for FOUR YEARS. There is definitely some thievery going on at Arrowhead, but I’m not sure The Clarks understand who is picking their pocket.
“There is no game-changing quarterback out there [in the upcoming draft]. Even if there were, this organization has not shown the wherewithal to uncover a guy like that.”
Kevin Harlan, 810 AM
GH: Bang! Right between the eyes! The Pioli organization has proven to be an absolute disaster in football operations – especially at their most important job, finding and developing a starting quarterback.
“Why do you want to go with a back-up quarterback instead of drafting one in the first round?”
Bob Fescoe, 610 AM
GH: Because there are no drop-dead gorgeous, can’t-miss quarterbacks in this draft. There are plenty that will be available with the 33rd pick. Take a can’t-miss player at number-one and then grab your first QB with the first pick in the second round. I would be tempted to grab a second QB with the Chiefs’ third pick as well.
“I want Geno Smith! I want Geno Smith!”
Steven St. John, on the impressive but flawed West Virginia quarterback, 810 AM
GH: I won’t be upset if the Chiefs gamble and grab Geno or another QB with the first pick. I just don’t think any of the top four or five are all that much better than the other. Here’s a shocker for you – I like OU’s Landry Jones with a late pick. He is going to be an excellent NFL quarterback. His experience and accuracy are going to allow him to play early in his NFL career.
“I think [Geno Smith] is athletic but not an athlete by NFL standards. I want to make it clear – he’s not RG3. He’s not Cam Newton. He’s not even as good a runner as Andrew Luck.”
Soren Petro, on the West Virginia quarterback, 810 AM
GH: We need to get over the idea that if a QB is black, he’s a fast-running, quick-scrambling QB. Not all short white wide receivers are Wes Welker and not all black QBs are Michael Vick. Geno is as stationary as Matt Cassel and even less daring on the run – but with a far better arm.
“He’s not getting drafted! Drafted for what?”
Soren Petro, while discussing the possibility of Collin Klein’s NFL draft stock, 810 AM
GH: Chase Daniel sat in New York at a Heisman runner up and then watched the NFL draft pass without hearing his name called. Is Klein headed for a similar fate? I think he’d make some team a great tight end. I agree with Petro that he has almost zero chance of playing quarterback in the NFL – although Tebow is still employed.
“I don’t know that there is a bigger hot-button issue in Kansas City sports than the quarterback position of the Kansas City Chiefs.”
Bob Fescoe, on what pundits, fans and experts think the Chiefs should do to resolve their starting quarterback woes via the draft, free agency or a trade, 610 AM
GH: Getting the Chiefs an NFL worthy starting quarterback is definitely an important topic amongst KC sports fans. But is it number one? Kansas basketball fans would laugh at that notion. Missouri basketball fans have much more invested in whether or not their band of strangers can bond to become a team that challenges for the SEC title. K-State fans are thinking about almost nothing else [including Wildcat basketball] but a 12-win football season. Royals’ fans are agog over the Wil Myers/James Shields trade and can’t wait for Opening Day. Chiefs’ fans want heads to roll – specifically Scott Pioli’s and Romeo’s. So, is the Chiefs’ lack of a QB important to KC sports fans? Sure – but it’s not the Chiefs have lost their all-encompassing hold on this city’s fan base. While we still care, we are far from crazed over the decisions made by this now embarrassing franchise. I’m not sure there is a hot-button you could mash on the Chiefs’ fans’ interface. It is as cool as the empty seats that have overtaken Arrowhead like the flu.
“I’ve been saying all year long that when healthy, I think the Chiefs have a top-five offensive line – and I think Brandon Albert is a big reason why. [Donald] Stephenson is a really light-on-his-feet offensive tackle, and there’s not really a lot of them. He’s progressed quicker than I thought he would.”
Matt Williamson, NFL writer for ESPN, 810 AM
GH: I am guessing this guy will be in the top 10 of sports talkers in 2013.
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Press+ Customer Care, email to me this week as a subscriber to The Kansas City Star, that allowed me to access their online content without an additional charge
GH: And the newspaper business wants to know why they are failing? This is an industry that was built on communication. They hire and employee talent that is educated and trained to communicate through the written word. So who was it at The Star who thought it was a good idea to email a subscriber in good standing since 1988 and basically threaten them? “We will review your subscription status periodically and will contact you if at any time we cannot confirm your required subscription.” Merry Christmas to you as well, Mr. Grinch.
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