OK, people, I'm gonna piss some of you off here. And to those of you I make happy, just know that it is not my intention. We do not share the same views. But I have slowly come to the realization that it is time for this franchise to draft a "FRANCHISE" quarterback.
I know, I know. Believe me, you don't have to explain to me all the reasons this would be a stupid move. I've been belting them out for three years now. But I have effectively "switched sides." Now, before you McNabb haters start raising your glasses to me, let me explain that I am NOT one of those people who think that McNabb all of a sudden stinks. Is he a perfect QB? Nope. But the flaws he has are the same ones he's carried with him through the MANY victories against this team over the years. None of that matters though, cuz I'm not here to talk about McNabb.I think it is time for this team to TRULY rebuild. Not that I think that'll really happen under Shanahan. But we need to get as close as we can to it. And, as much as it pains me to say, any real rebuilding process begins with a QB. Ok, a QB and a LT really, but we already got the LT. We need to really put our scouts to work, and figure out which QB we can get in the top 10 that will help lead our franchise into the next phase. Center, Guard, (Right tackle?), DT/NT, receiver, runningback....the list goes on and on. Yes we need all of those positions, and then some. But if we actually cop to the fact that we have no chance of winning anything meaningful next year, then the position we need to address, AND start the seasoning process with, is QB.
Now, another argument for this fact is that we ARE in the top 10 of the draft, so we had better get that QB while we can. In other words, say we bring back D Mac (discussion for another time, but I think a 4th rounder would be OK for him). What is he gonna do with this cast of characters, plus a few add ons here and there? At best, MAYBE 9-7. Which is worthless, AND it drops us out of a top 10 pick. So we might as well strike while we can.
OK, I also know the next argument: "You can get a perfectly fine QB later in the draft". Believe me, I've been banging that drum for years too. Same with the one about first round busts. Sorry, but I'm not gonna leave our chances for a LEGIT franchise QB or, better yet, OUR franchise QB, up to blind luck. The Pats didn't know what they were getting in Brady, or they woulda drafted him hire. So leave that argument at home. As for the bust theory - that's perfectly fair. However, just like I'm not gonna tie our chances at a good QB to the good luck, I'm also not gonna make bad luck the reason for not taking a chance on a great young QB. I know these things ebb and flow, but it seems to me that the recent run of "top of the draft" QB's has turned out pretty damned good. It started with Big Ben, Rivers, and (ugh) Eli. But Matt Stafford has been good (although oft-injured, which WAS in the scouting report I believe). Sanchez has shown to be a clutch performer for a winning team (last 2 weeks notwithstanding), Flacco has been pretty good, Bradford has lived up to billing, and Matt Ryan has been awesome. Not only do the fans of these teams get to see the maturation occur before their eyes, but many of them have experienced a resurgence of their team in the process. That's what I want. So I'm FINALLY laying down my sword in the "Don't draft a QB without and O line" fight, and switching sides. Sorry guys.
Oh yeah, also, it would be nice to pick up the best center in the draft with our 2nd rounder.