Ricky Stanzi Needs Playing Time


With the Chiefs 2012′- 2013′ season all but officially over, we’re to the point that we need to see what third string, second year QB Ricky Stanzi has to offer the team.

Via Wiki (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ricky_Stanzi)

College career

He was replaced by James Vandenberg at Quarterback on November 7, 2009 against Northwestern after suffering a sprained right ankle. It was later confirmed that Stanzi had surgery on his ankle.[2] Stanzi returned at the conclusion of the season to lead Iowa to an Orange Bowl victory over the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets.

Stanzi was 14-4 as a starter, and passed for 2,417 yards and 17 touchdowns in the 2009 season – completing 56.2 percent of his attempts. In July 2010, Stanzi was named to the 2010 Davey O’Brien National Quarterback Award and Manning Award watch lists. He was also a finalist for The 2010 Premier Player of College Football Trophy that’s awarded based on the votes of fans.[3][4]

Stanzi returned to Iowa for 2010 with 9 touchdowns and only one interception in his first four games. He completed 19-of-25 passes with three passing touchdowns on September 24, 2010.

Stanzi continued to do well despite a loss to the Wisconsin Badgers; 31-30. One of his most memorable moments in the 2010 season was on November 6, 2010 against the Indiana Hoosiers when Stanzi hooked up with Marvin McNutt for a 52-yard touchdown to go up 18-13 with 2:56 remaining in the game.  Stanzi put up large numbers in the 2010 season with a 167.2 quarterback rating along with 22 touchdown passes and just 4 interceptions. Stanzi  ranked 3rd in the nation in passing efficiency.

College stats

Year Team Attempts Completions Completion % Yards TDs INT
2006 Iowa Redshirt
2007 Iowa 4 0 0.0% 0 0 1
2008 Iowa 254 150 59.1% 1,956 14 9
2009 Iowa 304 171 56.3% 2,417 17 15
2010 Iowa 345 221 64.1% 3,004 25 6
College Totals 907 542 59.8% 7,377 56 31


Ricky didn’t have a horrible college career, and it can be agreed that his senior year was excellent. Here’s a look at his 2011 combine results.

Via NFL.com (http://www.nfl.com/combine/profiles/ricky-stanzi?id=2495233)

Grade 5.89

  •      4.93 SEC – 40 yard dash
  •     32.5 INCH – vertical leap
  •     110.0 INCH – broad jump
  •     6.95 SEC – 3 cone drill
  •     4.43 SEC – 20 yard shuttle


Stanzi possesses the mental makeup and on-field moxy of a starting NFL quarterback but still has quite a bit of development left before he’s ready. Can be a playmaker when using his feet to buy extra time, scrambling to throw, and allowing receivers more time to break free. Is accurate on shorter passes but must improve consistency on intermediate and deep routes. Flashes the ability to go through his progressions but ultimately still locks onto primary targets and forces too many throws. If Stanzi can improve his accuracy, awareness and footwork, could be a good one.



Stanzi displays great leadership qualities, toughness and intangibles. Can escape the pocket, improvise and make plays. Has the mobility necessary to evade the outside rush, climb the pocket, and buy more time. Has enough athleticism to pick up first downs with his legs.  Displays good accuracy in the short passing game. Has enough arm strength.


Decision-making must improve. Takes too many chances and puts the ball in harms way too often. Unsound footwork leads to inaccuracy on intermediate and deep throws. Needs  to do a better job of leading receivers.  Doesn’t have a quick release and can hold the ball a tick too long.

So upon seeing his college stats, and seeing his combine grade, I think many in Chiefs Nation would really enjoy watching Stanzi get some playing time.  He may falter, he may fall, but he will pick himself back up, and strive to do better.  Is he an upgrade over Matt Cassel or Brady Quinn?  I don’t think the answer is available to that question.  Matt Cassel and Brady Quinn have both had game time, Stanzi hasn’t, so I don think there can be any argument to whether Stanzi it better or not.  Many argue that he couldn’t beat out Brady Quinn in preseason for the number two QB spot, so he must suck.  Well, I remember when Tom Brady couldn’t beat out the 198 guys picked before him in the 2000 draft, and look how he turned out.    I am by no means claiming Ricky Stanzi is the second coming of Tom Brady.  Kansas City Chiefs GM Scott Pioli does a fine job of making himself look like an ass with those proclamations (hence Matt Cassel; Pioli thought he had Tom Brady 2.0).  Point is, if you don’t give the guy some playing time on the field, you’ll never know what he is, or isn’t capable of.  One game wont cut it.  Neither will two games.  Romeo Crennel should seriously consider letting Ricky Stanzi play the final four games just so we can get a taste of what he is about.  Otherwise, we’re talking about completely losing all three QBs next year.  Wouldn’t it be fair, and reasonable to try and keep at least Stanzi?

Final thoughts.  Stanzi needs playing time.  Open up the playbook to the kid and let him air it out.  No rules.  No expectations.  Just let him play backyard football and see what happens.

Photo by: Jeff Moffett/Icon SMI

Romeo’s time in KC is all but officially done, so maybe Romeo could care less anymore.  Stanzi is a waste of money, roster room, and a draft pick, if he’s just going to be the invisible inactive third string QB.  Play the kid.  But tell him to cut his hair first.


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“Matt Cassel is not a Pro-Bowl QB, he was a substitute player, filling in for 2010 Pro-Bowler Tom Brady, who sat out due to injury.” – Chris Atkins 2012


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