Doug Pederson believes Chase Daniel is ready to be a starter


Chase Daniel has spent his seven seasons in the NFL sitting behind Drew Brees in New Orleans and Alex Smith in Kansas City.

He’s only started two games in his career and has completed just 50-of-77 passes for 464 yards with a touchdown and an interception. But in more extended playing time during the preseason, Daniel has shown promise. He completed 77 percent of his passes with five touchdowns and one interception in four games last August.

One person who is in Daniel’s corner is former Chiefs offensive coordinator and new Philadelphia Eagles head coach Doug Pederson.

Speaking at the NFL Combine on Wednesday, Pederson said he believed Daniel was ready to get a chance to start in the NFL.

Given an opportunity, yes, I think he can be,” Pederson said, via Terez Paylor of the Kansas City Star. “The people that obviously worked with him for the last three years know that he has an opportunity there, and hopefully he gets his chance.”

Daniel is set to be an unrestricted free agent next month and will likely test the market in hopes of finding a team willing to give him a chance to compete for a starting job. Given Daniel’s preseason production and competent performances in his two regular season starts, he’s worth the discussion among a relatively weak free agent quarterback crop.

Pederson coached Daniel for three years with the Chiefs and believes he’s capable should a team give him an opportunity.

“The couple games he did start in Kansas City, to me, has proven that he can take over a team,” Pederson said.

18 responses to “Doug Pederson believes Chase Daniel is ready to be a starter

  1. I’m going to list off the QBs taken ahead of him (Daniel went undrafted, by the way)…

    Mark Sanchez
    Josh Freeman
    Stephen McGee
    Rhett Bomar
    Nate Davis
    Tom Brandstater
    Mike Teel
    Keith Null
    Curtis Painter

    Chase Daniel was excellent at Mizzou, yet the “experts” Mike Mayock, Mel Kiper Jr, and Todd McShay acted like he never existed. I knew he would be good. Just blew me away he never got noticed

  2. With the Eagles problems at QB, Pederson shouldn’t be alerting other teams to a capable QB on the free agent market.

  3. As long as it’s not for the Eagles … small QBs with poor arm strength and limited mobility don’t fare very well in the NFL.

  4. Being a Chiefs fan who watched all the games (including preseason) I’ve been able to watch Chase. When we signed him I kinda questioned the money we gave him. He came in and played well in all three years of preseason games. Also when he came in to start two week 17 games (both against San Diego) he played well, managed the game, good mechanics, and showed escape-ability and moxie.

    I definitely think Chase could go to Cleveland, Houston, Philly, or St. Louis to compete and possibly even win a starting QB job. I’m confident in saying he will be better than Hoyer (worst case about the same). I’d like to see him get a chance. He’s a hard worker, good teammate, and smart player.

    Dallas would be very smart to sign him, he would be perfect for them. He would have been better than the law firm of WeedenCasselMoore. To me the most likely/best fits for Chase are as follows: Philly, Houston, St. Louis, Dallas, then Cleveland. I’d be happy if he returned to KC.

  5. If you’re not a starting QB after 7 years in the league, then you’re not a starting QB.

  6. No one can say he will do good or bad with certainty. Having spent 7 years in the league though and not much experience to show for it, my guess is this is nothing more than pederson trying to help Daniels get a bigger offer for a team willing to take a gamble on a QB.

    Should the Eagles sign him then one can assume Sam Hinkie has been hanging out with Roseman since Colangelo essentially stopped him cold in his tracks…

  7. Washington I believe drafted Daniels. But that was during the era when we didn’t develop young players. Daniels had talent. He might have been good enough to use and we’d never have squandered four draft picks on that Great Gimmick that is set to go buh bye!

  8. I’ll second what Tyler Hills said above, long time Chiefs fan and Daniels has looked really good at times including two games for the Chiefs versus the Chargers where they won one game and lost the other but the lost game was because the defense folded, not Daniels fault.

    Good QB but the Chiefs are going to let him walk.

  9. Just read where Chase Daniels has told Chiefs GM Dorsey that he wants to start next season so the Chiefs are trying to help him find a team. Dorsey also said the Chiefs #2 QB is already on the team so I would guess he is talking about Aaron Murray.

  10. Sign Daniel, 2-3 years…15-18 mil, load up front as “starter” money…and draft the QB they believe in, in Philly as the guy. That’s your plan going forward. Bye bye Sanchize. Probably also pick up a 2nd young qb as well, as 3rd qb/developmental…I watched Vernon Adams in East-West Shrine game…damn he looked good. He’ll be there round 6-7, maybe even undrafted.

  11. Daniels, would be a good fit with the Niners , they have no NFL caliber QB..and they are in denial fron top management to the locker room ball boys, sad for a once proud NFL franchise. Yes , Randy Cross they are five years away from a contender if they get some talent at all positions!!!!

  12. If Doug Pederson likes him so much, pay him and sign him for the Eagles and start him. Funny, because Sam Bradford costed Chase a shot to play for a National Championship for Mizzou when they were #1 and then lost to Oklahoma in the Big 12 title game. Now, Chase could beat our Sam Bradford for a starting NFL job, as Bradford can’t star healthy.

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