It was reported that the Jones’ brain trust was prepared to sell the farm in order to trade up and grab Paxton Lynch. I don’t know whether to thank God, John Elway or both.
Al and I both went on record saying that Jared Goff, Carson Wentz and Paxton Lynch were more media hype than NFL ready quarterbacks. All we kept hearing about was their size and arm strength. Hog-Wash. If that’s all it took to be an NFL quarterback, Jamarcus Russel would be a Hall of Fame player.
It’s no secret that Al was on the Kevin Hogan train and I was fond of Cody Kessler. We also gave props to Connor Cook. We have all witnessed the disastrous results when the Jones’ made trades. Most recently it was giving up a first and a second round selection to trade up to the 6th overall pick in the draft to grab Morris Claiborne. How has that worked out?
Remember Jerral giving up a 1st and a 2nd round draft pick for Roy Williams then taking a salary cap hit to cut Terrell Owens? How did that work out? What about the Joey Galloway trade? I don’t care who is on the board, there is not a player in any draft worth more than one draft pick sports fans. Now if I could have traded NE for Tom Brady in his prime, that would justify multiple draft picks. Only a fool mortgages the teams future on an unproven player. Mr Snyder learned that lesson the hard way when he sold the farm for RGIII.
Yet here we are again and the Eagles, Rams and Broncos doing just that. It is my opinion that Jerral wasted the 34th pick in the draft on a severely injured Jaylon Smith and now the 3rd round pick Maleik Collins was unable to participate in mini-camp and more than likely wont be ready for training camp either. But, at least there is a “Chance” one or both could become impact players.
However, if Jerral would have gotten his way, they would have sacrificed those picks to trade up for Paxton Lynch. Thank God for small favors and if I run in to John Elway I will buy him a double shot of very old single malt. Cowboys Nation better be damn thankful the Cowboys have Kellen Moore because if Jerral had gotten Paxton Lynch, Moore would have been ass out in Dallas because of what he spent on Lynch.
Gary Kubiak made it clear that Mark Sanchez and Trevor Siemian have put significant distance between themselves and rookie first-round pick Paxton Lynch.
Sanchez has received the first-team reps over the past two weeks and Siemian has been working with the second-team, but Kubiak said the competition between the two is “neck and neck.”
“Trevor and Mark have looked each other in the eyes the whole off-season. When I sit there and watch them practice, I think they’re right there banging on each other,” Kubiak said.
The fact of the matter is: John Elway sold the farm for a 3rd string QB.
The coaches had all three quarterbacks run a no-huddle offense for almost all of the 90-minute practice.
“Get the coaches out of the hip pocket and throw them out there, throw all kinds of situations at them and see how they react in certain situations,” Kubiak said. “It was a roller coaster ride. Some good, some bad — I told them after practice, I said, ‘I think you guys know who the guys are that reacted the right way to the chaos.’ You can see guys that have it under control and then you see some guys that say, ‘What the heck happened there?’”
It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out that Paxton Lynch was clueless. If you have studied any Kellen Moore tape, you know he not only has ice for blood in high pressure situations, he runs the hurry up offense like Tom Brady. There were numerous last minute game winning drives during his career at Boise. Despite having limited snaps with the starters in Dallas he led an 84 yard drive for a TD in less than two minutes. There is a lot more to playing quarterback in the NFL than measurables.
The Rams gave up a boat load of picks to trade up to the 1st overall pick in the draft for Jared Goff. Ouch! Obviously that decision was made by the suits and not head coach Jeff Fisher. Goff is also clueless in terms of running a pro style offense and understanding defenses.
NFL Media’s Steve Wyche reported on NFL Total Access on Thursday that Goff has a long way to go before he’s ready to face NFL defenses.
“Jared Goff is nowhere near being ready to start Week 1,” Wyche said on NFL Network. “He’s only had off-season workout practices, but he’s swimming in it. … Training camp is vital for him. I spoke to one team official that said they are looking forward to seeing him in pads and preseason games because his ability to improvise are some some of his strengths. But do not be surprised — I know the expectation is for him to start Week 1 — but don’t be shocked if Case Keenum is the starter, because, again, Jared Goff has a long way to go.”
“It’s intellectually, it’s learning the system,” Fisher said, via TurfShowTimes.com. “He’s got all the physical tools, makes all the throws and does all that, it’s just learning the system and then applying it to what we would call a fairly sophisticated defensive system. That’s hard. … I also said that we’ll start him when he’s ready. I didn’t say that to imply that he was going to start the opener. I said, we have options.”
Rams fans and the media alike insist that Goff should be getting the first team reps and expect him to start week one because of where he was drafted, but Fisher clearly sees that he is nowhere near ready to run a pro-style offense or read NFL defenses. Case Keenum is the starter and will get the first team reps.
“No, we’re going to change it up with the reps. Case is our starter right now, so Case needs the first-team reps. To give Jared the opportunity — and (QB) Sean (Mannion) for that matter — to run with the first-team, it’s easier to evaluate them,” Fisher said. “We’ll change things up. Once we get in there and we’ll make some decisions as to who plays when and how much in the preseason.”
Obviously Jeff Fisher is in the same situation Jason Garrett and Scott Linehan would have been in if Jerral had sold the farm for Paxton Lynch. The suits make decisions and want their guy getting the reps because of what he cost them combined with the pressure from the media and the fans. Coaches are hired to coach and should be the ones making the personnel decisions. Unfortunately, Bill Belechick is one of the few remaining coaches that has that luxury. I believe 16 consecutive winning seasons speaks volumes to the significance of that. It reminds me of Bruce Arians phone conversation with Scooby Wright when he said,
” I think you’re a special player, but the suits didn’t agree with me.”
Unfortunately for Arians, who wanted to bring Wright in as a free agent, the Browns called during their conversation, Scooby put him on hold, and returned with the disappointing news that the Browns had turned in his card.
At the end of the day sports fans, just because the media hypes a player, doesn’t mean they are “All That”. As Al and I both stated, Kellen Moore is light ears ahead of these guys when it comes to running a pro-style offense and reading defenses. Be careful what you may have wished for. Jerral Jones got saved from making a huge mistake.
Meanwhile, Cody Kessler is getting a fair chance to compete with RGIII for the starting job and head coach Hue Jackson said he was not only the most accurate QB in the 2016 NFL draft, but had the best foot work. Jackson is sending him to LA to train with throwing expert Tom House. Already having experience in a pro-style offense combined with the additional training between now and training camp, RGIII better keep an eye in his rear view mirror. Kevin Hogan is turning heads in KC and in position to immediately win the #2 spot behind the veteran, Alex Smith, and is primed to be the future starter. He is an Andy Reid type of QB.
At the end of the day, while our prospects are making strides with their respective teams, Paxton Lynch is playing the third fiddle. I repeat: be careful what you may have wished for.