After the (forgettable) 2012 season, the Kansas City Chiefs made it a priority to get some decent quarterbacks on the roster. The first of which was former San Francisco 49er starter Alex Smith, who lost his starting job to Colin Kaepernick. Shortly after Smith was signed, Chase Daniel agreed to come play in Kansas City, signing a three year deal.
Before the season even started, there was no doubt that Smith was going to be the starter. Daniel had never started an NFL game before and seemed to be too short to be a starting quarterback. Smith had the best season of his career, but Daniel did get to see some playing time towards the end of the season.
In week 14 against the Washington Redskins, the Chiefs had a secure lead and put Daniel on the field. The more notable Chase Daniel appearance though was when he got to start his first NFL game in week 17 against the San Diego Chargers.
Daniel had himself a day in San Diego completing 21 of 30 passes for 200 yards, one touchdown, and no interceptions. Daniel also rushed seven times for a total of 59 yards (Source: Vahe Gregorian of the Kansas City Star)
Chase Daniel proved himself to be a reliable backup in that loss to the Chargers. Smith has at least another year as the starting quarterback in Kansas City, but what happens after that? Is there any chance that Daniel could take over as the starter?
He played college ball in Missouri and chose to come to Kansas City rather than continue on as a backup with the Saints. Also, fun fact: He was a member of the Saints when they won the Super Bowl.
Daniel is knocked a lot because of his height. At 6’0″, he is considered one of the shorter quarterbacks in the league. Many have said that he more than likely won’t amount to anything more than a backup in the NFL.
Personally, I don’t think Daniel will be a starter for the Chiefs. Tyler Bray seems to be who the Chiefs are leaning towards, and that will depend on how long Alex Smith is around. It also depends on if the Chiefs pick up a quarterback in future drafts that they can groom into a franchise starter.