John Dorsey doesn’t think any 2017 rookie QBs are ready to play

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There are some who think the Chiefs need a change at quarterback to reach greater success on the field, but team brass has been steadfast in terms of public support of Smith this offseason.

One of the leading reasons for that is likely the same reason why Mike Glennon is expected to go from the bench in Tampa to a lucrative contract later this week. It’s hard to find starting quarterbacks in the NFL and Chiefs General Manager John Dorsey gave Albert Breer of TheMMQB.com a negative response when asked if any of this year’s draft prospects are ready to play.

“First off, what stands out, I think there’s only one guy that’s ever taken a snap from under center,” Dorsey said. “How about that one? It shows how we’re evolving into a spread-option era. Then, what you have to analyze is can they spit out a play in the huddle? If you look at the majority of these guys, everybody’s signaling everything in from the sideline. These are the types of things people are looking for as they sit and they talk to these players. Can they sit and regurgitate an offensive play? That’s hard to do, especially in [our] system, it’s really hard to do. But on the whole, they’re a more athletic group. Are there any finished products here? I don’t think so. So where are the warts, and are you willing to live with the warts? That’s what people are asking.”

A team like the Chiefs could draft a warty prospect in hopes that playing behind Smith and for Andy Reid will provide the polish needed to get them to a place where they can start in the future. That would break a long streak for the Chiefs, who haven’t had a quarterback acquired in the draft win a game since 1987, but it doesn’t sound like a sure thing that things are going to play out that way.

19 responses to “John Dorsey doesn’t think any 2017 rookie QBs are ready to play

  1. “First off, what stands out, I think there’s only one guy that’s ever taken a snap from under center,”…. Then, what you have to analyze is can they spit out a play in the huddle?…But on the whole, they’re a more athletic group. Are there any finished products here? I don’t think so.

    The same knocks on Dak Prescott. He worked on it really hard after being drafted and voila, he was able to take snaps from under center! LOL!! Moral of the story: if the player is talented, wants it bad enough to work hard, and the coaches work hard as well it can be overcome. A good o-line certainly helps too. lol! (but apparently not enough for Sanchez, Moore, Cassel, or Weeden).

  2. Insightful perspective. But the fans of every single team that picks one of the QB’s in the first round won’t show the patience ands won’t remember what smart football people like Dorsey said.

  3. Manager John Dorsey verifies that his decision was correct. Who could have predicted this?

  4. I think Mayock said the same thing – doesn’t think there’s a single guy ready to start.

  5. Could someone who has more football knowledge than me explain this? The trend in college football offenses is the spread and operating out of the shotgun. The idea is that the QBs will have more time to view the defenses and plays. Some plays are designed to be quick with one or two options while others force the QBs to go through progressions.

    If the college ranks are producing spread QBs and these offenses work, then why aren’t the pro teams using the spread and operating out of the shotgun? Why are they so stuck on the “pro offense” with the QB under center? It seems they are doing a hybrid with many QBs taking snaps in the shotgun, but they’re forcing their system on the guys coming out of college.

  6. “John Dorsey doesn’t think any 2017 rookie QBs are ready to play” – meaning: “We really want a certain guy badly, time for alternative facts”.

  7. “That would break a long streak for the Chiefs, who haven’t had a quarterback acquired in the draft win a game since 1987”

    IS THAT TRUE?? HOW IS THAT POSSIBLE?!?!?!

  8. The Chiefs have drafted 10 quarterbacks since 1987. None of them have won a game for the Chiefs during their careers, and their entire win total sums up at two.

    Yikes!

  9. I’d be pretty leery about paying $14 million to a guy who looks like he should be playing a banjo in ‘Deliverance’.

  10. Ignore previous comment – it should be posted on the Mike Glennon page. How it ended up here is pretty amazing.

  11. KC hasn’t drafted a QB above round 3 during that time. Instead, they’ve traded for their qbs…Montana, Grbac, Green, Cassel, Alex

  12. I don’t think the chiefs should draft a qb early this year, but for alot of teams i think it’s worth the risk. even if what he said is true.
    Dak was awsome in college everyone just assumed it would take him a while to have a chance at success in the nfl. but look what happened?

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