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Choose Your QB Wisely

I've got a bad feeling about Cam Newton

Cam Newton will be the number one overall pick. Ryan Mallett is being touted as the best overall QB in the draft. Jake Locker has teams drooling over his physical prowess. Blaine Gabbert will be the second QB taken in the draft.

This is the worst QB pool in the last ten years of the draft. I’m serious.

If these guys are your answers at QB then I want to know how bad your problems are. Am I the only person that doesn’t think that any of these QB’s will be good at all?

I watched all 4 of these guys in college and I wasn’t impressed with any of them except Newton at times and any fool knows that as physically imposing as Newton is he is not an NFL QB right now.

Newton played in a spread offense that was so simplistic that Newton looked like a fool trying to explain it to Jon Gruden on ESPN recently. His explanation that the offense worked on a number system was foolish. I think Gruden is still in shock over that interview.

(Side note: I used to really like Newton. I heard about all of the concerns of character issues and his ego and the possibility of race playing into his criticism and I felt that he was being treated unfairly as a guy that handled himself very well when talk of his pay for play scandal broke.

Then I watched that interview with Gruden and about a million red flags about Newton popped up. From the way he was dressed, to his smile, to his simple explanations about the offensive schemes at Auburn all made me feel uneasy about Newton. He gave off an overly arrogant air about him that completely overshadowed his physical football abilities and made me think that maybe this football thing wasn’t his best option in life.

I know about the stolen laptop, the pay for play scandal and the fact that he may have disobeyed Gene Chizik in the national title game and went for a touchdown instead of positioning for a field goal. But even more recently there was the ESPN interview with Gruden, his talk of being an icon in sports and this weekend he walked out of a news conference with reporters in New York before the draft and changed his hotel room to be away from the other draftees. This is not a number 1 pick; this is a red flag the size of Jordan Hare Stadium. Just sayin.)

Besides Newton look at the other 3 big names being mentioned as the best quarterbacks in the first round of the draft.

If you take Ryan Mallett then you might be seeing this perplexing face a lot

Gabbert also played in a spread offense at Missouri although it was more predicated on passing than running. He was very efficient in the first 7 games of the season but after the huge upset of Oklahoma he played two horrendous games at Nebraska and Texas Tech and wasn’t impressive in the last three games of the regular season either.

Gabbert seems like he’s piggybacking off of the Sam Bradford train in the sense that Bradford also ran a high-powered big 12 offense from the spread and put up big numbers.

The difference is that Bradford had great awareness all over the field, better accuracy and at least to me has a higher IQ.

Gabbert is decent, but he isn’t going to wow anyone at all at the next level and he wont have the same impact that Bradford had unless he has the right receivers around him.

The same goes for Ryan Mallett. Forget the weed smoking incident and other off the field issues for a minute and just look at the Sugar Bowl game versus Ohio State (which wont count in about 3 months once 27 more violation reports come out about Jim Tressel.).

In that game Mallett was indecisive with the ball, routinely overthrew receivers and seemed to wilt under the pressure of the moment. Sure his receivers didn’t help him out by dropping 8 passes, however Mallett wasn’t on target even when they weren’t dropping them.

He has the physical tools to be a good QB (6’7”, powerful arm) but he’s not mobile and is a bit of a head case.

When talking to a couple of Arkansas fans at the Sugar Bowl you could hear the frustration in their voices with his decision making in games like in New Orleans and against Alabama and Auburn in key situations. Is it something that he can grow out of? Maybe but why risk your franchises immediate future on a guy with character concerns and questions about his onions in late game scenarios.

Finally there’s Jake Locker… I DON’T GET WHY EVERYONE LIKES LOCKER SO EFFING MUCH!!!

He’s big, he’s strong, he can run fast and has a big arm… he’s also injury prone, inaccurate, plays down to his competition and makes bad decisions with the ball.

I still dont get the obsession over Locker.

I saw him in his freshman season when there was a big deal made out of him and granted, he looked good, but he never got better. He never made Washington better.  He got them to one bowl game this past year and went 5-16 for 56 yards. Yeah he ran for 83 but will he really do that in the NFL? No.

This class of “top-ranked” QB’s is troubling. I don’t see one of these guys making a big time impact in the league in the immediate future and could eventually flame out. To me the best QB’s in this draft are available at the end of the first round and into the third round.

How can you not like Andy Dalton over any of these QB’s? Dalton won 42 games at TCU including a Rose Bowl. All he does is win. His arm isn’t as strong as the other QB’s (but neither was Aaron Rodgers’s arm) and he’s got red hair (read the USA Today article about how his red hair is a red flag… no seriously.), but he’s a winner. Locker didn’t win as many games as him, nor did Mallett or Newton for that matter even with the National Championship. Dalton looked adversity in the face time and time again and always came out on top. That’s what I like in a QB, a winner and a guy that can handle pressure.

And if you like an athletic quarterback with who can make the leap from a spread offense to a pro-style offense then why not Colin Kaepernick from Nevada?

Unlike Locker and Newton and Gabbert, Kaepernick got better as each year went by. He’s 6’4” and about 230, which makes him the size of Carson Palmer and he’s got Newton’s elusiveness, Locker’s speed and he’s accurate. He made the jump this year from a 58% passer to a 64% passer. Not bad for a guy that operated out of the “pistol”, which hopefully no NFL offense will ever run.

There’s also Christian Ponder who may have the best combination of arm strength and accuracy of any QB in this draft and Greg McElroy who only won a national title at Alabama and played in more big games in 3 years than any other QB in this draft.

So why waste a top pick on a QB that has as many question marks as the top 4 QB’s in this draft do? Why not take Marcel Daerus first overall and improve your defense or take Patrick Peterson? Why set back yourself 5 years with Newton when 80% of the league wouldn’t touch him with a flagpole?

Quarterback is the most important position in this league and you cant make any mistakes when picking one or else it will set you back years. That’s when tonight’s draft rolls around anyone picking Newton, Gabbert, Mallett or Locker will do themselves a great disservice.


The Sad And Painful Reality Of Boise State Football

Kellen Moore watches Boise go from National title contender, to just another small school.

I watched a dream die tonight. I watched a season of high expectations, hopes and dreams go up in flames due to what can only be described as $#!! happens.

I watched a program go from the penthouse to the outhouse, from destiny to the dirt roads. I watched a team who had dreams of being one of the greats and becoming a trendsetter for the next generation of college football turn into just another small conference team.

Yep… tonight I witnessed the final night of the movement that was the Boise State Broncos drive for national respect… and the way it ended is so gut-wrenching and cold that it makes me cringe with every tap of my keys.

First and foremost give credit to the Nevada Wolfpack; they won this game Boise State didn’t lose it. Nevada fought off a 24-7 deficit by bringing its vaunted running attack back from the dead with a 239 yard second half. Colin Kaepernick capped off a stellar career by leading his team back from the dead one last time on senior night in Reno and murdering Boise State’s BCS dreams.

Those dreams are the subject of debate that Boise will once again never have the chance of realizing.

Teams like the one that Boise fielded are once in a lifetime for mid-major programs. UNLV had it in 1990 with Larry Johnson, Greg Anthony and Stacy Augmon for the basketball program. Butler’s basketball program just had it with Gordon Haywood, Matt Howard and Ronald Nored, and Boise had it with a roster full of guys that will play on NFL Sundays from Titus Young to Austin Pettis and even D.J. Martin. They had Kellen Moore who if not for the amazing Cam Newton, would be a shoe in for the Heisman. They had Chris Petersen who is one of the top 5 coaches in America who turned this program into somewhat of a power.

Colin Kaepernick and Nevada won the game just as much as Boise lost it.

Yes they played in the WAC conference which is low on star power and good competition. The likes of San Jose State, Idaho and Wyoming don’t strike fear into anyone’s hearts. However, like most good teams they destroy lesser competition without a sweat leaving no room for error.

When they do get their shots at the big boys (which are few and far in between due to fear of losing to the Broncos) they have proven their worth. They swept a home and home versus Oregon, beat Oklahoma, physically dominated Virginia Tech 4 hours away from Blacksburg in a “Neutral Site” game and beating fellow BCS buster TCU in the Fiesta Bowl last year.

They have proven time and time again that they are not a mid-major program; rather they are a growing power akin to Gonzaga or the aforementioned Butler Bulldogs in college basketball. They belong in the conversation of the national title much like Oregon and Auburn and others though many people are still skeptical of their talent level and level of competition.

Then comes nights like tonight. Nights where Boise State is subject to the same kind of happenstance as other teams in other conferences but since they play in the WAC the microscope is so much brighter. Losing to Nevada, no matter the record, no matter the circumstance, no matter how underrated Kaepernick or Vai Tuau are unacceptable is unacceptable for the #4 ranked team in the country from a small conference who people are saying should play for a title. For Gordon Gee, Nick Saban and other detractors a loss like this proves their point, no matter how unfair it is, that Boise doesn’t belong with the big boys.

If #4 Ohio State or USC loses to #19 Michigan State or Arizona then it’s no big deal, it’s big time college football, $#!! Happens. However, in the life of the small budget BCS buster, $#!! happens isn’t a reality. $#!! can’t happen. You have to beat everyone no matter the competition and when you don’t, you’re just another little team from a little conference. That’s Boise State’s reality when they wake up tomorrow morning.

They are no longer darlings of the college football world. We know they can play with the best… but they lost to Nevada… Nevada. Within minutes of Kyle Brotzman becoming the new age Scott Norwood, the Broncos went from the Rose Bowl, Sugar Bowl or Fiesta Bowl to the Kraft Hunger Bowl or the Humanitarian Bowl. They were somebody’s, now in an instant they’re that cute little team with that funny blue turf. Life on the D-list.

It was torture the way it happened too. Building a 24-7 lead in the fashion that won them 24 straight games with a quick strike offense and a defense that pushed around Nevada’s o-line. Then they stalled and Nevada came back to tie it up at 24-24. Then with the score 31-31 and overtime eminent, Moore had his Heisman moment; a 50 yard completion to Young who somehow got separation from the secondary and hauled in a prayer. It was over, 25 straight and a win over Utah State away from another BCS game. The Brotzman supplanted Steve Bartman as the biggest goat that sports has seen.

Kyle Brotzman... the new Scott Norwood.

He missed to chip shot field goals in the center of the field, wide left, wide right. Kellen Moore screamed in anguish as the second shot missed and Boise was on the ropes. Then Nevada’s walk-on kick Anthony Martinez did what Brotzman couldn’t, he ended the game by hitting a dead center 35 yarder… and ended the Boise State dream.

I have no ties to Boise, I just wanted the establishment of college football to be shaken, I wanted it to be blown up, and I wanted the little guy to prove that they belong just as much as the big boys and I was sure that this was the team to do it. they had it all, the QB, the coach, the players and the fear of every major conference foe… and in two seconds it was gone. Now Boise State is no better than Hawaii, SMU or… well… Nevada.

Sure TCU is still there, and they will be in a BCS game after they finish 12-0 this Saturday. However, if they play in the BCS title game it won’t feel the same. Boise was a dream team, the chosen team to upset the established order. They started with Oklahoma, progressed to another level by beating Virginia Tech and they were supposed to be the team that reached the mountain top of the BCS. Yet after Friday night in Reno reality sets back in as they get ready for the Aggies on Saturday next week. They’re just another team.

I know they’re better than LSU, Wisconsin, UCONN or any other major conference team that’ll play in a BCS game. They showed what they can do on the national stage. But they lost to Nevada in a cold night in little Reno, Nevada. That’s all that matters. Not that Nevada is 11-1, not that they have the most potent rushing offense in the league, but because they’re Nevada. You don’t lose to Nevada if you beat Virginia Tech and Oregon. That’s the way it is, and that’s why Boise State is once again just another mid-major.