In the week leading up to Super Bowl XLVII, Polian, who is now paid to offer his opinions on television rather than to keep them private in a war room, ran down his bubble list. "Is Cassel good enough?" he asked. "I don't think so, but Andy [Reid, the new Chiefs coach] is such a good developer of quarterbacks that I wouldn't rule it out. Fitzpatrick? No. Freeman? We don't know yet. And the  draft doesn't look promising. But the year after that could be the next great quarterback."
The year after that, Johnny Football awaits. Fan bases and front offices are counting the minutes together.