As the Chiefs are mired in their worst quarterback situation since the 1980’s every fan, blogger, and radio talk show host has had their own ideas on how to address the Chiefs QB situation my self included. Most people want Brady Quinn but that deal appears unlikely to happen as the Browns reportedly want two first and second round picks in the next two drafts for the rights to Quinn, who was picked with the 22nd pick in the 2007 draft. The Chiefs under the Herm Edwards regime value draft picks too much to make that deal happen.
One thing is certain the Chiefs do not have the answer for the foreseeable at QB. Even when Brodie comes back he is at best a 50/50 shot to be the man and that is if he can stay healthy. Tyler Thigpen has proven the saying “ People are promoted to the level of their ignorance” to be true looking ineffective and lost in the game time he has got to see.
Other speculators have said the Chiefs should trade for Brian Brohm who was aquirred in Green Bay in the second round of the draft this year and is currently third on the Packers depth chart. That is not a good idea for K.C. the Packers would at minimum want their second round pick back in return. The Chiefs second round pick next year figures to be top five. The Chiefs could have a first round talent fall into their laps at that position in the draft.
If a trade is out of the question the Chiefs would need to go the free agent route to bring in another body at QB. There maybe a answer still out there for the Chiefs. Enter former Kentucky QB and current NFL rookie Andre Woodson. The NY Giants currently have Woodson on their practice squad meaning the Chiefs would have to give the Giants zero compensation for the rights to Woodson. But would Woodson fit in Herm’s system?
Herm requires a QB who is “available” meaning that he does not want a QB who is injury prone, Woodson is 6-5 230 and can absorb a hit or two. Compared to Croyle who is listed generously at 6-2 206, Woodson looks like a giant. Herm says he wants a low turnover guy, Woodson held the NCAA record for most consecutive passes without a interception at 325 pass attempts. Compare that to Tyler Thigpen’s stat line this season 69 passes 4 interceptions that is a interception every 17.5 attempts.
Woodson is more of a Herm QB than any other QB’s currently on his roster. Andre has the tools to excel in Chan Gailey’s system and looked like a natural leader with the Wildcats the past two seasons. Woodson threw 71 touchdowns and 18 interceptions his last two years at Kentucky and completed over 60% of his passes.
Considered a Heisman candidate at the beginning of his senior season, Woodson gave way in the voting due to the fact he played on a mediocre team and was over shadowed in the SEC by the likes of Darren McFadden and Tim Tebow. At the conclusion of the season Woodson was projected to go late first round after the combine he dropped his stock to the third round. Woodson felt confident he would not fall later than the fourth round but was not picked till the sixth and had fell five rounds in five months most of which he was not playing football.
The chances are slim that Andre Woodson would turn out to be the field general the Chiefs need, but he has a much better body of work than Ingle Martin and higher upside. The Chiefs had a opportunity with the injury to Croyle to go out and get a player that could push the competition at QB. The Chiefs came away with Ingle Martin. I know there is not a lot of ideal options on the quarterback
free agent market once the season starts but in desperate times you can get more creative than Ingle Martin.