Cue in patriotic music:
In 1776, our forefathers conceived a nation built upon the ideals of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. They gave their tears, sweat, blood and toil to ensure that future generations would have access to all that is good in this world.
These tough times affect us all.
We need a leader to help us rise up clean and free.
Right now, us patriots are preparing to watch as our destinies unfold.
There are two candidates emerging as the man of the future.
I say we go for a third party candidate.
I say we vote Brock Osweiler.
A couple of days ago, I received word of a shocking piece of news that made me think long and hard about the state of Foxborough: Brady's not going to last forever.
In fact, he might even be retired before the world ends again in the apocalypse of 2014. His chief rival and only true peer, Peyton Manning is retiring, if we are to believe Rob Lowe. Regardless of how the actor came up with this info, it would make sense. Manning already is pretty much a coach for the Colts, and is so connected to the team that he would rather end his NFL quarterback career than be traded. He could mentor Andrew Luck as a QB coach, but I doubt the Super Bowl winner would like to play second fiddle to a rookie.
Brady is healthy, yet then again, every few weeks or so we hear about his shoulder or arm injuries. He was knocked out for an entire season in 2008, and always could be again. After that, who knows what follows?
Right now, the Pats have two relatively young, unproven quarterbacks on the roster, one undrafted, and the other a third rounder. Don't misunderstand, I am a fan of both Brian Hoyer and Ryan Mallett; I just don't see either of them being the long-term replacement at signal caller.
Hoyer is entering free agency, and could very well end up off the team. Mallett struggles with short- to mid-range accuracy, a major detriment to his chances of succeeding in the Patriots system.
Therefore, I propose drafting Brock Osweiler.
For those of you who don't know, Osweiler is the junior quarterback for Arizona State. In addition to setting a school record for season yardage, he was seventh in college football for passing yards, beating out heavyweights Andrew Luck, Kellen Moore, Ryan Tannehill and Matt Barkley.
Did I mention he plays for Arizona State?
He is 6'8" and weighs 240 pounds. Osweiler has his struggles in decision-making and from time to time accuracy, but that is to be expected of a first-year starter. With a couple more years, he could be an elite signal caller.
That is why the Patriots must draft him. As a one-year wonder thus far, his draft stock is lower than what his ability would make it. The Patriots have the right time frame to develop him, the right draft picks, and with Josh McDaniels, the right coach to let him flourish.
Osweiler will probably make it to the third round or later, and that only helps a team with two first-round picks, as trading down for multiple late round or future early draft selections is made
Tom Terrific ain't getting any younger.