You seem to be arguing with yourself with contradictory information. If as you say, the QB position wasn't bad and most of our issues are situational, then we are clearly closer to contending than 2 or 3 years away. We also need to shore up a few positions not make wholesale changes.
I think that the QB posittion is the major issue this offseason. I am not comfortable putting all the eggs in the basket we now hold. I want us to find someone in the draft and someone in free agency to fix this problem.
No, not saying the QB position isn't bad, just saying we can't fairly judge it because of so many of the other factors. It would be like saying steve smith is washed up and a has been because he didn't produce. It wasn't him, it was the other factors. Maybe, the same can be said for Clausen or Moore. Moore is going to take the blame on himself, that is what he is supposed to do but I imagine somewhere in the back of his head he was thinking at some point, "Come on guys, somebody block!"
I agree QB is a big issue, but that doesn't mean it has to be addressed with the #1 pick. We could get someone in the 3rd or 4th. We can address it in FA. We could give Moore and Clausen one more shot with a better offensive system and coaches who know how to run it. Hell, even Jamarcus Russell had more than one year and then dumped and he was the biggest bust in NFL history!
We're not so desperate that we absolutely need to spend the #1 on a QB in what seems to be the weakest QB draft in years. Thats like saying, "I desperately need a new car and will spend $50k dollars for one but there are only Honda Accords on the lot so I MUST spend my $50k on an Accord." Is it a car, yes. Will it suffice on getting you from point A to point B, yes. Is it worth $50k, no. So why spend the $50k on an Accord when you can spend $10k on a Civic in a later round or in FA. A Civic will also get you from point A to point B just like a $50k Accord would.
? did I really just make that analogy? LOL but i hope it gets my point across.
I guess that point is, Newton is not worth the #1 overall pick and I feel it would be a huge waste to spend it on him and based on the article, if it is in fact accurate, JR feels the same way and I would imagine even though he said he would defer, I think the message struck home with Hurney, who is on the hot seat after the fiasco last year of trading away our 2nd rounder. Sure, that hasn't be said, but you have to feel it is there. Armanti Edwards was a bust and he will never live up to the potential of the trade that was made to get him. Hurney better get this one right and if we take Cam and he can't come in and be a starter right away like you would expect from a #1, Hurney could be on the way out next season.
Hurney will go safe and take Dareus or PP. I feel both are the closest thing we have this year to a can't miss. Newton has lots of red flags and Hurney will not take him after the Big Cat made it clear he's "Not sold" on Cam.
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