I'm not attacking Cam necessarily (as far as blaming him for our losses or anything like that), I'm just saying the winning formula still seems to be the the QB who dissects defenses with his arm. Cam can do that, but it's not what he's known for. He's still more used to running with the ball. I go back to something I believe Avant said during preseason. People were getting on Avant and Cotchery for not showing up in the first couple of games. Said they weren't getting open for Cam to get them the ball. Avant stated that they were getting open. Then I go back to Derek Anderson's play in the first game against the Bucs. We all know Anderson doesn't have the legs to run like Cam, so he primarily relies on throwing the ball. With pretty much the same O-line, Anderson had success. Yes, it was against the Bucs, but they are a pro team. I wish I could see Anderson back out there, and see what he could do now, so I could adequately compare someone who primarily depends on throwing the ball versus Cam who also can lean on his legs to get yards.
I'm sorry guys but I can't just blindly say give Cam the mega deal, if he's still learning and developing. Even with all the skills he has.
Anderson was a dropped interception away from losing the bucs. Still he is your answer just because Peyton is great from the pocket?
And by the way, Smith is making $15m a year to game manage from the pocket. So it is like a decent CB between him and Cam in terms of cap hit after Cam is payed.
Even if your plan work's and we somehow find a Alex Smith caliber guy in the third. And he plays well from the start. In year three he is a QB on a winning team and will demand his payday.
I've watched the Broncos, Patriots, Colts, etc continue to compete at the top of the league year in and and year out. They have franchise QBs, but what is special about them is their best talent is picking apart defenses with their arm. Sitting back, manipulating DBs, and picking them apart. They also know how to move within the pocket, as to avoid good pass rushers. My biggest fear with Cam is that he will never fully learn how to do this. That he either leans more toward his athletic side, or is pressured by everyone (media and fans alike) to be the QB who throws for 200 and run for 100. I'm tired of this crap because it is the traditional pocket passer that competes year in and year out. Vick had his moments, but his team never competed every year.
I'm being real. I love Cam as much as anyone else. I also know he can throw the ball. Yet I don't think he will ever become a franchise pocket passer. Have yall seen the 360 he did today in the pocket, running slam into a defender for the team's first sack? I just don't know if I want to invest 160 million into one guy, if this is what I should expect for the rest of his career. In any case, I want a traditional guy back there. The primarily athletic QB still hasn't come in and changed the game just yet. I'm open to the idea of trading Cam at the end of the season for a bunch of picks.
The Bengals just sank $120 into (traditional) Andy Dalton! I get your point, but it is not like the options we have are Newton or Manning. It's Newton or very likely 10 years of suffering through the gabberts/hoyers/Anderssons/Glennons of the league.
When your QB is good enough to win with, you pay the man and do not look back.
I know it is October and that you are German. So I think you need to lay off the maas a little ;-)