3. Mike Kafka's history of developing quarterbacks
One of the least talked about storylines regarding Kafka is his past coaching experiences and how those might set him up for success. Specifically, as the Giants potentially enter a new phase of developing and molding a young rookie QB. While there is no guarantee who this QB is, or if one will be selected at all, Kafka has the track record to show that he is the right man to mold a QB into a franchise player.
Although brief, Kafka started coaching as an offensive graduate assistant at Northwestern University, where he had previously had a successful career as a quarterback. After just a year, he was hired by Andy Reid, his former coach during a stint of his NFL career, as the offensive quality control coach of the Kansas City Chiefs. One season later, Kafka was promoted to quarterbacks coach as the Chiefs prepared for life with their young quarterback, who was entering his first season as the starter. Does the name Patrick Mahomes ring a bell?
That same year, Mahomes' first as a starter, saw him record over 5,000 passing yards and 50 touchdowns in 16 games. Not too shabby. Clearly, Reid saw something in Kafka that granted him the quick two-year shift from offensive graduate assistant to quarterbacks coach in the NFL. Simply put, Kafka is a tremendous young NFL mind with experience coaching and playing. While getting rid of him may sound easy, the Giants' will be hard-pressed to find a candidate more prepared to nurture a young QB into the starter that all Giants' fans desperately covet.