The Skins pulled off a mega-deal on Friday night, sending 3 1st round picks and a 2nd round pick to the Rams for #2 overall. The Skins clearly want RG3 to be their franchise QB. I knew they had interest, but figured that Cleveland would use both 1st rounders this year and make the deal. You have to wonder if the Browns did a poor job of negotiating. According to PFT the Browns showed interest late. They might have been too coy with trying to limit interest to keep the price down. Can’t be cute with situations like this. Go in hard and get the deal done. WAS did. Kudos to them.
You can question the price they paid. To move up 4 spots they surrendered a 2012 2nd, 2013 1st, and 2014 1st. That’s a whole lot. But…they get a franchise QB. You either have a QB or you don’t. Mike Shanahan wasted the last 2 years, in terms of the QB situation. He never embraced Donovan McNabb in 2010 and that was a disaster. He then went with Rex Grossman and John Beck in 2011. Eagles fans get mad when the team does something questionable at FB or LB or whatever. At least Big Red has never wasted a season on Rex Beck. Yikes.
Shanny had to get a QB. He was heading into his third season at the helm and the team was better off at QB before he got here. Who would have thought you would miss the days of Jim Zorn and Jason Campbell? Shanny was driving his coaching legacy off a bridge with the way the Skins played the last couple of seasons. He absolutely had to get a QB. Had to.
I do think it is interesting that he paid so much to get RG3. I thought Ryan Tannehill was a good fit for Shanny’s system. He could have sitting there at 4. Or maybe you move up a spot or two to make sure you get him. The price would have been much lower. Shanny decided to go all in on this. Break the bank and get the elite talent. I don’t think it is a dumb decision. Risky? Yes, but not dumb.
It’s easy to look at the trade value charts and see that Shanny overpaid. The problem is that those charts deal with generalities. RG3 isn’t a normal #2 pick. He is more like pick #1A. RG3 is worth more than some other #2 picks.
I’m interested to see how he does with Team Shanny. RG3 won’t come into the league with a sense of entitlement. He went to Baylor, not Texas, USC, or somewhere like that. His parents were both in the military. He’s not been coddled. He can take some coaching. RG3 will be in for a severe test, though. Listen to Jake Plummer talk and you’d think Shanny was Gunnery Sgt Hartman. Shanny used to be a really good coach, but I wonder if John Elway ruined him. The bar is now set at Elway. That’d be fine except that Elway is arguably the greatest QB of all time. How do you compare guys like Plummer, Brian Griese, and Jay Cutler to Elway? Plummer had the mobility. Griese had the pedigree (successful football fathers) and Cutler had the arm. As individuals, none of them compared to him.
I hope for RG3′s sake Shanny will dial things down and embrace the young man. RG3 has great talent. He needs coaching. The Panthers did a great job last year with Cam Newton. The Bengals did a great job with Andy Dalton. Those coaches had a good feel for how to push the players, but not too hard. It is a tough balance to strike.
Shanny needs RG3 to come through in a big way. If he busts, Shanny will have killed any shot he had at the Hall of Fame and will join the ranks of “I remember when you were a good coach”.
In terms of on field fit, RG3 is very good. Shanny loves QBs who can move around. He loves to throw intermediate and deep balls. RG3 has great downfield touch and accuracy. RG3 can throw on the move. He has the arm strength to make all the throws. RG3 can run when plays break down, but he is a pass first guy. I think he has enough experience, talent, and maturity to play right away. Baylor isn’t a standard spread offense. They will attack downfield. RG3 will have a tough transition to the NFL (as all QBs do), but I don’t think he’ll be in over his head.
Tomorrow I’ll get into how this deal affects the Eagles.
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The Jets gave Mark Sanchez an extension. This was to help with Cap room and as a public show of support. As a Jets fan…can you be happy about this? See the note above…either you have a QB or you don’t. Do the Jets really have a QB?
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Questions/Topics of interest
Any interest in MLB Gary Brackett? Sure, if it is 2007. Unfortunately Brackett is getting older and isn’t the same player. He missed most of 2011 and 4 games in 2010. There are much better options in FA and the draft.
Any interest in Brandon Jacobs? Not really. First, he’s not a good short yardage back to let go of that notion. As a backup RB he would be interesting, but I don’t think Jacobs would be happy with the kind of touches we give to backup runners. Doesn’t make sense to me.
Bobby Wagner’s Pro Day. He didn’t participate the other day, but will work out for teams on March 30th. You can bet that a lot of scouts and LB coaches will be on hand.
Nigel Bradham SAM target? I’m not a huge fan. Good player in the right situations, but his lack of physicality is an issue for me. Put him in space and the guy looks really good. In traffic, he can struggle. Eagles might like him. I’m not keen on the idea.
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