On the very day Head Coach Andy Reid arrived in Kansas City in 2013 his primary objective, beyond winning a championship, was to find the next Len Dawson. In the years since he’s been the Chiefs head coach, he’s found a highly talented and efficient Alex Smith but not much else.
Well that’s not the case anymore.
After signing Nick Foles to a deal late Wednesday evening, Reid is getting a young quarterback he drafted and once believed could become a great NFL starting quarterback. Nick Foles will arrive in Kansas City on Thursday and be handed the back-up spot to the aforementioned Smith creating some roster reality for some young arms in camp.
By signing Foles, the Kanas City Chiefs will likely part with a pair of their young guns. However, this move does have further complications to the future of Smith. Should Foles, who struggled with the Eagles after Reid’s departure and with the St. Louis Rams a year ago, make an impact this season or next, the organization might decide that Smith’s big contract needs to come off the books in 2017 or 2018.
With the first pre-season game still a week away, the Chiefs find themselves with a gluten of quarterbacks that will need to be addressed between now and opening day.
Tyler Bray – By far the best arm I’ve seen in a Chiefs uniform since Brodie Croyle. Now the former Alabama quarterback never made an impact as an NFL starter in Kansas City but Bray has enough upside he could become solid trade bait. His issues have always been assimilating and executing the complex NFL playbook. If he can somehow overcome those limitations, he has a shot to become a career back-up.
Aaron Murray – I had pegged the former Georgia gunslinger as the Chiefs quarterback of the future but that appears to be poor prognostication on my part. Though I’m a big fan of Murray, and he’s played solidly behind center in the pre-season, I can’t see how he makes this roster but I maintain he’s an NFL starter in waiting. It’s a shame because giving up on Murray would mark Reid’s inability to get Murray, and Bray for that matter, to the next NFL level.
Kevin Hogan – Of the three young arms in camp, Hogan has the most upside, experience and abilities to execute Reid’s complex offense. The Stanford standout has been impressive in camp so far, and given the fact he was a 2016 draft choice, he’s a virtual lock to be the third quarterback behind Smith and Foles.
The good news for the Chiefs is that both the Minnesota Vikings and Dallas Cowboys, the two teams Foles spurned to sign with Kansas City, need back-up quarterbacks. So it’s conceivable that General Manager, John Dorsey has already reached out to teams about the possibility of trading both Murray and Bray.
In the aftermath, Reid gets the young quarterback he coveted when he arrived in Kansas City. Foles was a former student that the Chiefs tried to acquire when Reid arrived three plus years ago. Obviously that deal never happened but now Reid has a second chance to groom Foles into a future NFL starter.
Still, no matter how you look at the quarterback position today for the Chiefs, the fact Reid made this move, tells me he has once again found his groove as a developer of NFL quarterbacks. That tells me Reid is committed to developing the short and long term solutions at the quarterback position for the Kansas City Chiefs.