Hey there, all… A new segment on the blog that I’m giving a spin for a while to see if it sticks. I field some questions, answer them for the BTFL readers/mailing list…and welcome some healthy back and forth in the comments or via email.
Let’s start with one from a member of the BTFL football league:
If you had to start a team now and had a choice of QB between Glennon, Kaep, Staff, Manziel, RG3 & Geno, who would you choose and in what order? – Absolute Chaos
A good question, AC, that doesn’t have an easy answer.
Lots of variables to consider and personal preference and bias are sure to come into play…so be warned.
With that said, last place is an easy call.
6. Mike Glennon
No offense to him as a human being but the other 5 people on this list are much more worthy of starting a team with. From a talent and a ticket selling standpoint. NO ONE is coming to any stadium to see Mike Glennon
Next up is also an easy call.
5. Geno Smith
I saw this guy light it up in West Virginia for a few games and thought highly of him from a distance. You see the highlights on SportsCenter, you see the big plays and you develop a favorable opinion of him because of it. Fine. But then I’ve also watched plenty of Jets games in my day. And I’m less than impressed with the total package. (pause…no Lex Luger.)
He can throw a pretty ball. There are times he can LOOK the part of the a QB but…
I feel that Geno’s arrogance/confidence can torpedo a team. That which many consider swagger can be poisonous if it isn’t funneled toward becoming a better player. And for all of Geno’s physical gifts, his noggin/noodle/gray matter really gets in the way of him making progress towards becoming franchise QB.
I know he felt he was a 1st rounder but never got chosen as one. And he’s been trying to prove everybody wrong for that…at the detriment of those around…
Now I’ve got some tougher decisions to make…
Here we go.
4. Robert Griffin III
He plays like an abused house pet right now behind the Washington Redskins line…skittish and ready to jump out of his athletic supporter.
But that first season of his gives you a glimpse of how things COULD go if he got surrounded with the proper personnel and coaching.
Get him some talent and get the entire team on the same page without coaches trying to cement their legacy without any sort of foundation and maybe he’s got a chance as success.
I’d do what I could to get him the best coaching possible and chip away at the mildew, mold and rot that’s clung to him these past two seasons. Plus I’d also spend WEEKS with him practicing on how to slide on a football field. Send him to a minor league baseball camp, set up Slip and Slides on his front lawn…whatever’s clever.
Onto the next one.
3. Johnny Manziel
i never thought he was a world-beater when drafted but I needed to see a little more on the professional level.
I’d seen a few of his college games and sure, there was some playground elements to how he ran a team but he had fight in him. And that fight inspired both his fellow teammates and the fanbase.
And that has to count for something.
Admittedly so, his 1st season was up and down and he wasn’t focused on what he needed to do on the field when called upon but I also feel his coaches weren’t interested in a popular kid fresh out of college who they don’t think earned all the praise he’d gotten to that point. The NFL “old guard” LOVES to do what they can to humble the confident ones who come in from the collegiate ranks who don’t play the “proper way”…
But I think the kid has escapability from a pass rush and improvisation is very important in a league where defenders weight 275 pounds and can run 4.6 40 yard dashes. He’s got a good arm on the move. And can make most of the throws. Get him a good line, a good run game and some WR’s with big catch radii (or radiuses) and you’ve got a shot at the 6th spot in the playoffs, minimum.
Down to the final two. Who gets the crown for the top spot?
2. Matthew Stafford.
The man can make every throw in the book. And can make it look like nothing in the process.
He’s got confidence in that arm of his and I’d have plenty of confidence in it too if he ran my team as well.
That confidence also gets him in trouble. Where he thinks he can put the ball in the tightest of windows. He thinks he can throw the ball through 4 cornerbacks into the porthole of a cruiseship during a blackout and an eclipse with :05 left on the clock.
Once we buff out those terrible Jeff George-ian tendencies…my team should be fine.
He would need a quick refresher on sticking to his mechanics and some of his decision making but outside of that? I’d rock with him as a team starter. He’s still young, he’s got some pluck to him so I know he wouldn’t let the team get too low on the field, and he’s got functional athleticism to escape the pocket and scramble for a few yards if necessary. He can run the 2 minute drill much better than all the other guys on this list so far and he’s got a few game more game winning drives on the resume, which gives me some confidence.
But not as much confidence as my top choice.
1. Colin Kaepernick.
I can already see the incredulous eyebrow raises and hear the comments from here.
“Do you see how bad he is right now? 5 INT’s? GTFOH with that guy! He’s trash! Basura! BOOOOOO!!! STAY OFF THE 151 AND THE MEDICINAL MARIJUANA, Commish!!!”
I don’t expect to make converts here but given the six guys I was given with this question, Colin is my 1st choice and I’m gonna state my case for Mr. Hoo-Ahh.
His arm’s not the best of the group but it’s easily top 2..
He’s got the best running ability, easy. Hands down, no argument. If you don’t think he does, you’re not watching football. At all.
With that toolset to work with, I’m ready to eat the league up like refreshments after a church meeting.
I’d supply him with a mobile and effective offensive line, some speed up the field, a tall WR or two for fades near the endzone and a couple of TE’s when it’s time to dump off some short passes in the flats or stretch the defenses down the seams.
I’d put Colin in the pistol formation and he’d kill the league as my QB.
His numbers don’t look good so far this season and clips from the Niners offense look even worse. He doesn’t look like he processes all of his reads down the field. And he’s a bit loosey-goosey with the pigskin at times. He could also take a few MPH off his fastball and throw the change-up a bit more for the touch throws.
But I’m convinced he’s got what it takes to lead a team to a football championship like he did when he led San Fran to the Superdome in the Blackout Bowl…
Give the man some talent that are various heights and aren’t all tight ends and fullbacks, some competent coaches willing to coach and a professional level offensive co-ordinator who’s capable of utilizing his talents and I’m riding a team like that to multiple championships.*
*Until that day comes after multiple trips to the playoffs when the free agents want more money and we have to break up the team because we can’t afford everyone. We’ll extend who we can. Take on a few players that are a bit rough around the edges. Next thing you know, Adam Schefter and Chris Mortensen start reporting there are beefs between our coach & the front office. It gains traction in national media and hangs over our team like a dark cloud. The coach plays out his final season as a lame duck before bolting once Week 17 is over for a cushy, high paying job at a BigTEN school that also happens to be his alma mater. Our organization then becomes the laughing stock of our division because the talent we once had decided that leaving the team via free agency, handcuffs and RETIREMENT would be better than playing for an organization in disarray.
All right, everyone. Thanks for reading. I appreciate all who took the time out to read this….We’ll see what comes along in terms of questions…