Dolfans, Don’t Get Attached to the First Round QB Prospects

22 Dec

Luck, Locker, Mallett, Newton. Those are the big four who are showing up in first round mocks, almost universally. If you are part of the growing crowd of Dolfans prepared to cut bait on Chad “Crazylegs” Henne, you may be chomping at the bit to snag one of these talented signal callers this April. We certainly aren’t holding our breath.

It’s not that we don’t like these guys. We do (though we put Locker last, and are wary). We’ve just been taking a look at the standings, and we’ve got an ugly feeling that all four may be off the board by the time we’re on the clock.

We’ll probably be around pick fifteen in April. Not bad. Theoretically one of these kids could be there. But a glance at the teams that figure to pick higher than, or right around us has The Bottlenose less than enthused about our chances.

Andrew Luck is going to Carolina at #1, almost certainly. Between Carolina and the Dolphins, the Bengals will also pick. Carson Palmer is apparently refusing to restructure his contract to free up money, and was all over the place this season. Cincy is a prime candidate to bring in a gunslinger. Arizona couldn’t be that enthused by what they’ve seen out of their quarterbacks, from Derek Anderson on down to their rookies John Skelton and Max “Anthony Michael” Hall. They could easily grab one of the big four. The 49ers should finally be willing to move on from Alex Smith, and Troy hasn’t exactly lit the world on fire. The Titans will be moving on from Vince Young, and will most certainly be in the market. The Vikings are giving Joe Webb a look, but could very easily snatch up a top QB. The Redskins have all but sent Donovan McNabb packing. The Seahawks can’t be happy rolling with Matt Hasselbeck much longer, and we could see him being a great teacher if Seattle grabbed Locker or Mallett.

So the Panthers, Bengals, Cardinals, Niners, Titans, Vikings, Redskins and Seahawks all seemingly have good reasons to yank one of these young arms off the board. They all have worse records than us right now.

Including our SoFlo Sea Mammals and we’re talking about nine teams to go along with four “first round grade” quarterbacks. We may very well be last in that long line of franchises, and we don’t like those odds.

Of course it’s early. Plenty of time for these prospects to hurt their value with poor bowl play, combines and workouts. But we’d be smart to keep a keen eye on both the “2nd tier” draftable QBs, as well as the veteran guys who will be moving on.

Is another Drew Brees in the veteran mix? Is there a Matt Schaub, playing backup somewhere, but ready to get the nod as an NFL starter? Is Vince Young worth a look? Is Kevin Kolb available? And has he shown enough in limited action? Or is there an Offensive Coordinator out there who can boil it down for Henne, and get “The Good Chad” to show up week in and week out? Or another Head Coach perhaps?

Watching the Dolphins’ 2011 offseason could, sadly, be more exciting than watching their 2010 games.

GO DOLPHINS – and feel free to follow us on Twitter @thebottlenose


8 Responses to “Dolfans, Don’t Get Attached to the First Round QB Prospects”

  1. markeyh December 23, 2010 at 7:37 am #

    Don’t NE have the Raiders first pick this year?

    • danewen December 23, 2010 at 7:50 am #

      Good catch. Thank you. I’ve updated the post to reflect that Raiders/Patsies trade. Too much egg nog this week.

      Happy holidays.

  2. sam December 23, 2010 at 10:15 am #

    Why do I bother… I have been a fan my entire life… why bother… why is it that the falcons had vick and then ryan… why is dez bryant in dallas… why. why do I still look at these bashing updates… why not be a fan of new england… all in all why not stop with all these sleepless night and headaches… thank you dolphins for a another lame season…ok at

    • danewen December 23, 2010 at 10:50 am #

      Oh Sam, don’t do anything drastic. It’s a new year. A fresh start. Turnarounds can happen fast in the NFL. And these Dolphins have a lot going for them, even if it is almost all on the defensive side of the ball. Crap, there I go again bashing.

      Happy Holidays, and thanks for stopping by The Bottlenose.

  3. markeyh December 24, 2010 at 9:59 am #

    When is the last time Miami used a first round pick for a QB?

    Didn’t he turn out ok?

    When will they Draft another QB in round 1?

    They should do it this year……Take the best QB available.

    I actually like Henne but he needs some stiff comp next year….

  4. Chris Ross December 24, 2010 at 4:44 pm #

    Great post here. Thinking about the Dolphins really made me realize the dire quarterback situation that exists in so many teams this year. It’s not just Henne in Miami either, but the problem is apparent in so many other franchises that it is just ridiculous. I’m not sure where all these team’s are going to find their quarterback because the draft is only going to give a few quarterbacks at best. It will be interesting to see how this plays out in the off-season. Also, you think you could check out my blog cuz I really wanna hear what you have to say.

  5. Boondock Saint December 28, 2010 at 7:10 am #

    The answer to transforming this franchise around is in plain sight. It is no secret. The problem w inexperienced regimes is that they put an arbitrary time table for winning. They say 3 years, 4 years which is all BS. It can be an event vs a process in todays NFL.

    A franchise QB doesnt merely improve your team, it can be transformational, and yes, overnight. Rams, Packers, Jets, Saints, Steelers, Giants, even Vikes w Farve last year all changed immediately upon arrival of their franchise QB’s.

    Look at the teams that struggle year after year, and compare them to teams that win year after year. Ever wonder why the same 3 or 4 teams share SB wins? It is the QB.

    Nobody gets to the SB with a franchise LT, or C, or S, or ILB, or edge rusher. Yes, good teams find them but it is not the focal point of their winning DNA, it is, and has always been the QB.

    Fins can find theirs, and they can get him in this upcoming draft. It is not a complex formula, all it requires is conviction and stomach, both of which has been sorely lacking in this organization.

    Many point to all the reasons why “not”, and that is part of the loser mentality, it is how losers exist, without them, there can be no winners. Some were just born to be losers, it is their DNA.

    In order to “win” today, in any playing field, you have to be bold and violent. In business or in sports, violence and 100% commitment to your convictions. The fins, and any team for that matter, has the opportunity to become a powerhouse immediately and transform the team overnight….just find the franchise QB.

    This team can engineer the trade, be it players and picks combined, to get the QB in this years draft.

    Or, we can wallow in mediocrity for another 10 years.

    • danewen December 28, 2010 at 2:43 pm #

      If you’re not a motivational speaker, then you missed your calling. I just went out and got Cam Newton myself!

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