The quarterback situation in Kansas City has been a random carousel for as far back as Chiefs fans can remember. Alex Smith is currently calling the shots for the Chiefs, but the drafting of Aaron Murray is a move that points towards the future in KC.
Murray was drafted out of The University of Georgia with the intention of being brought along slowly. The depth chart in Kansas City starts with Smith, but also has Chase Daniel, in addition to Tyler Bray ahead of Murray.
Murray was a natural leader in Athens and led the Bulldogs to two nationally-ranked teams before succumbing to an awful ACL-injury during his senior season. Murray has great polish on his throws, is somewhat mobile, and has a very keen football-IQ. His ability to create positive plays out of nothing and athleticism helped him achieve quite a bit during his stay at UGA. He ended his career in Athens with more than 13,000 passing yards, 121 touchdowns, and a 3:1 TD-INT ratio.
Experts will point to his height (6-foot-1) and perceived lack of producing when the pressure was on. These opinions have merit, but should not be levied against Murray’s natural instincts and winning demeanor.
His path to success will begin in St. Joseph this summer, and he will no doubt face adversity in getting to the goal of starting NFL quarterback. Luckily for him, there is no rush by the Chiefs’ front office. He can study away and learn from Smith during this training camp. Chiefs fans, don’t be surprised when Murray assumes the backup role by the end of 2014, as his skill at that point will exceed that of Daniel and Bray.
The Chiefs have patiently waited for a signal caller to lead their team to the promised land. Smith is the current driver, and will be for the next three or four years. Murray will have ample time to hone his craft, and then be that franchise quarterback Kansas City has been searching for.