Chiefs By Position: Quarterback Outlook For 2003

Over the next two weeks chiefsinsider.com will review the state of the Kansas City Chiefs position-by position as the team prepares for free-agency and the NFL Draft.<BR>In the first installment, chiefsinsider.com looks at the quarterback position.

Over the next two weeks chiefsinsider.com will review the state of the Kansas City Chiefs position-by position as the team prepares for free-agency and the NFL Draft.
In the first installment, chiefsinsider.com looks at the quarterback position.

Trent Green
Second season with the Chiefs
2002 season  Passing: 287-of-470 passes for 3,690 yards with 26 touchdowns and 13 interceptions. Rushing: 31 carries for 225 yards with one touchdown.

Positives: Green drastically improved his performance from his first season, cutting his interceptions from a league-leading 24 to 13 and improving his completion percentage from 56 to 61 percent. His quarterback rating of 92.6 ranked third in the AFC and fourth in the NFL. Green appeared finally comfortable in his leadership role. He silenced all of the concerns about his knee injury by starting all 16 games for the second straight season. Green's not blessed with good wheels, but showed toughness with some crucial runs late in games. He has earned the respect of his teammates, something previous recent quarterbacks were not able to do.

Though not a playmaker, Green is perfectly suited to be the caretaker of this explosive offense. He doesn't take many chances and let's Priest Holmes, Tony Gonzalez and the wide receivers shine. His intimate knowledge of the offense was crucial to the Chiefs' record-setting offensive success this past season. Whether he was worth a first-round draft pick will be debated for a long time, but Green has proven to be a solid top-15 starting quarterback in the league.

Negatives: Green lacks arm strength, which usually doesn't hurt him in this offense that emphasizes intermediate routes. His deep throws to Eddie Kennison were usually recipes for disaster. He simply can't throw long with any regularity. He also locks on to one receiver too often. He improved with his reads last season. Green, who will be 33 when training camp starts in July, won't get more mobile as the years go by. And when he gets pressured, the interceptions go up.

Prognosis: The Chiefs' quarterback next season, barring another Elvis Grbac episode. Green is owed a $8 million dollar roster bonus next week and the Chiefs are working with his agent, Jim Steiner, to restructure the contract. If they can't, Chiefs president/general manager Carl Peterson has said the Chiefs are prepared to pay Green the roster bonus, even though it would severely hamper Kansas City's ability to sign free-agents for defensive help.

Todd Collins
Fifth season with the Chiefs
2002 season: Passing  5-of-6 passing for 73 yards and a touchdown. Rushing  One carry for seven yards.

Positives: Collins could be the least-used backup quarterback in the last five years with only 10 passing attempts. In preseason action, Collins has displayed a good touch on the ball. At 6-4, Collins has good size. He does have starting experience. He started 12 games for the Buffalo Bills in 1997 and almost beat the Chiefs in Kansas City that season.

Negatives: Some rust would show if he was pressed into duty. You simply can't throw only 10 passes in game situations in five years and expect to be in a flow. The Chiefs can't really know what they have in Collins until he's on the field in important game situations.

Prognosis: Collins is a free agent and will test the market to look for a better situation. If he can't find one, he'll probably have a home with the Chiefs.

Jonathan Quinn
First season with the Chiefs
2002 season: No passes. Rushing  One rush for -1 yard.

Positives: Big, strong (6-foot-6) five-year veteran who put together some good numbers behind Mark Brunell with the Jacksonville Jaguars. Quinn has the strongest arm of Kansas City's trio. Quinn led the Berlin Thunder to the 2001 World Bowl title in NFL Europe.

Negatives: Same as Collins. A season holding the clipboard can't help with game readiness.

Prognosis: Backup with Chiefs.

Overall grade for position: B


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