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Monday, December 19, 2011

Longing for Christmas in April. How About a Quarterback?

The Colts, Rams, Vikings, Jaguars, Browns, and Buccaneers are the luckiest teams in the NFL. That is if you believe in the “Suck for Luck” campaign. If you are in position to pick Andrew Luck in the 2012 draft then you are golden, on top of the NFL world, in quarterback heaven. If Luck is not available, then Robert Griffin III and Matt Barkley can take you to the promised land. Because to a lot of football fans, a great quarterback is all you need. The franchise quarterback is the ultimate prize of the draft. If you look at the last three NFL drafts, you will find a few “franchise QB’s”. Cam Newton, Jake Locker, Blaine Gabbert, Sam Bradford, Matthew Stafford and Mark Sanchez are all top 10 QB’s from the last 3 years. The Panthers, Titans, Jaguars, Rams, Lions and Jets are the big QB winners. Fans of these teams have to be ecstatic. They got their man! These teams are winners! Or are they?

These “winners” have a 2011 combined record of 35-49. Only two teams, the Lions and Jets, have a winning record. And that is because they are more complete teams. It takes 11 players to run an offensive play, all working together in unison. A top draft pick doesn’t guarantee great play, a team of 11 good player’s guarantees great play. Building a good team takes hard work, good coaching and a little bit of good fortune. After drafting a top QB, there is still a lot of work to do. The end result that is desired is a great QB throwing touchdowns in the Super Bowl. Things don’t always go as planned though. That stud QB just isn’t enough to get it done. Here is a list of current top quarterbacks:

Current Top 10 QB’s and Draft Position
  1. Aaron Rodgers – 24th
  2. Tom Brady – 199th
  3. Drew Brees – 32nd
  4. Tony Romo – undrafted
  5. Matt Schaub – 90th
  6. Ben Roethlisberger – 11th
  7. Eli Manning – 1st
  8. Matthew Stafford – 1st
  9. Alex Smith – 1st
  10. Matt Ryan – 3rd
If you look at the current top 10 QB’s in the league, you will find that only 4 were a top 10 pick. And these guys have one thing in common, all are on winning teams. They win because they have a well built offensive line, a good running back, good receivers and a good coach. Another thing these top 10 QB’s have is experience. It took patience to wait for the QB to be ready to lead their team to victories. On draft day, fans expectations were high for Eli Manning, Matthew Stafford, Alex Smith and Matt Ryan. When Tom Brady, Tony Romo, Drew Brees, and Matt Schaub joined their teams, no one expected them to be so good. Everything had to come together at the right time.

This coming 2012 NFL Draft brings a lot of expectations for Redskins fans. According to some, the Redskins must pick Andrew Luck, Robert Griffin III or Matt Barkley in order to have a successful draft. Too bad the Skins are ruining all hope by winning a few more games. As of today, 12/19/2011, with 2 more games to go, the Skins will have a top 10 pick. What if the best QB’s are gone by the time the Skins make their first pick? Or what if the Skins are actually able to draft one of these godly studs? Who will he hand the ball to? Who will he throw to? Who will protect him from the pass rush? These answers are on the team right now. And these answers will be drafted in 2012 and picked up as free agents.

The Redskins need every position filled. Offensive linemen, wide receiver, quarterback (duh), cornerback, safety, defensive linemen, etc. And all of these players need to come together and play as a team. If we do find a good QB in the draft, Shanahan will not start him right away. We will watch as Rex Grossman continues to make mistake after mistake. Fans will call for Rex to be benched and the media will criticize Shanahan for being so incompetent.

 I think some fans are bored as they watch this team rebuilding. Things are moving too slow. Some want the coach to be fired because of another losing season. Some demand the team to lose in order to draft a quarterback. Maybe they miss the exciting offseasons with Cerrato and Snyder. Let’s fire up the DannyJet and go get Peyton Manning. Or maybe we could kidnap Bill Cowher and force him to sign a contract at gun point. That would be exciting! Offseason splashes have happened in this town many times in the past. But the splash you heard was the ship sinking.

Will draft day be exciting enough for fans and the DC sports media? I really don’t care. I just want to see a repeat of the 2011 draft. One good player after another. And I hope that we get two quarterbacks this offseason. I hope Rex Grossman comes back and plays until the franchise quarterback is ready. Whoever he is. I believe the Redskins are on the right track. Progress is being made. You can criticize Shanahan all you want and you can cry out for the big time quarterback to be drafted. And it won’t do any good because Shanahan will ignore the outcries and continue to methodically build an eventual winner. 

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