Also, just because we need a QB doesn't mean we need to take a QB at #1. We need other positions, too, and by draft time it may turn out that the dudes in charge actually think we have a bigger need than QB. For some time, the FO has been stressing that they need to find out what they have and, if it isn't going to get it done, search for better elsewhere. It is very possible they have decided that what they have, if backed up by a veteran in FA, is worth going into the season with. Either way, they are going to want a FA QB... I have a VERY hard time believing we go into the season with Clausen/Rookie QB/Pike.
If there is no FA, look at the DT's we are stuck with. Not entirely awe-inspiring, either.
Have said many times I think the free agent this season is the better way to go. Use that as a fallback and see what you have in Clausen. If Clausen isn't the franchise guy, then you try for that guy next year.
People will say they already know Clausen isn't that guy. And while I have my doubts, objectively speaking that isn't true. Last year was a unique situation under a lame duck coach with a staff that wasn't exactly brimming with expertise in pro quarterback development. Thinking that we know all there is to know about Clausen after a rookie year under those conditions is pretty silly.
Still, we've got folks bound and determined to use that #1 pick on a QB. I wonder if a fair amount of that isn't "bait and switch victim" thinking resulting from losing out on Andrew Luck. You have people go to the store with their heart set on say, a certain TV, only to find out it isn't there anymore. They can still get that TV but they have to wait, or they could just buy another model. That model may not be as good, but hey, at least we have something now
I'm not a fan of that sort of thinking.
People will likely respond "maybe that TV is
just as good". Maybe it is. Better chance that it's not. But even if it isn't as good, when you want something right now
and you don't want to have to wait, it becomes pretty easy to convince yourself that it is (even if - objectively speaking - it really isn't).
Edited by Mr Scot, 20 February 2011 - 11:59 PM.