As much as Kansas City Chiefs fans would love to forget the 2012 season, they will not. Remnants of frustration still remain with Kansas City after the most disastrous season in team history. The fans will be just as impatient as they are hopeful with the new-look Chiefs 2013. It doesn’t matter how many key pieces have been replaced, when a team returns six Pro Bowlers, the fans will not give them a “rebuilding year” pass.
Alex Smith will need to perform immediately. There are no more free passes for quarterbacks in the NFL. If Robert Griffin III, Russell Wilson and Andrew Luck can lead their teams to the playoffs as rookies, a veteran with a new team will also be expected to perform well right away. If Smith can’t protect the ball and get it in the end zone, a quarterback controversy will be inevitable.
Former Missouri Tigers QB Chase Daniel (not Daniels) was signed by the Chiefs in the offseason, and a lot of Kansas City fans would love to see what he can do. Mizzou fans around KC are very familiar with Daniel’s great college career in which he threw for 12,168 yards, 100 TD and 39 INT in his three seasons as the starter. He also finished fourth in Heisman voting in 2007.
Daniel has not yet been given a chance to show what he can do in the NFL, but he has been in the perfect learning situation. The big knock on Daniel has always been his height listed at 6-foot, and he has spent the past three seasons with the New Orleans Saints learning under a 6-foot future Hall of Famer in Drew Brees.
The KC fans were willing to fight to see Brady Quinn in 2012. If Smith doesn’t get the job done, they certainly won’t hesitate to call for Daniel, who is a fan favorite for many in Kansas City, Mo.