Mike Shanahan is getting beat up in the press a lot lately because of the continuously crappy QB play. Mainstream media (rhymes with Floshington Toast) has been assailing Shanahan for being 0-4 in selecting QBs but how much is really his fault?
I'm definitely willing to pin the McNabb mistake on Shanahan and I don't think anyone could argue against it. That dude just got real old, real fast and Shanahan should have seen this coming. However, everything that happened after that gets muddy. I can only blame Shanahan for missing out on QB options that we realistically could have acquired. More after the jump...
So the draft came first last offseason and we had the #10 pick. Cam Newton was too far away at #1 to select and he had question marks at the time. We would have had to give up everything to get him. Then after that you have a bunch of guys that had potential but were no slam dunks. The best of the bunch right now being Andy Dalton. Its still too early to say what these guys will/won't become but its too early for Shanahan to catch heat for not taking one of them. Anyone can take a step backward at anytime (Bradford, McCoy).
Then we had the abbreviated free agency period. NO ONE here was going to be anything more than the current stopgaps we already have. Hasselbeck, Tavaris Jackson, Tyler Thigpen? I can't remember all the names that were floating around but it wasn't pretty. I guess Hasselbeck has turned out ok for Tennessee but at the time he was a 35-36 something QB who was injury prone and he would not have fared well behind our O-line.
Then there is always the trade market but the options here were very limited and you can only deal for a player if the team wants to deal back with you and often at super exorbitant prices. Kevin Kolb was the hot name but how is that working out for AZ? Given everything we needed I was not ready to trade away the farm for him or anyone else on the trade market.
So Shanahan just played the cards he was dealt. There was no obvious option that he missed out on. Given the options at the time I think we made out about as good as we could. Mainstream press makes me sick sometimes because they want to throw darts but won't step up and realistically point out what should/could've been done given the options at the time. Shanahan will pull the trigger when the time is right on the true QB of the future but in the meantime of course he has to publicly endorse Beck and Grossman. Whats he going to do? Say, hey team these guys suck now lets get out there and make the playoffs anyway??