Friday Morning Random Thoughts

Scott BrownCorrespondent IApril 3, 2009

SAN DIEGO - DECEMBER 28:  Quarterback Jay Cutler #6 of the Denver Broncos grabs his right arm after throwing a pass against the San Diego Chargers during the NFL game at Qualcomm Stadium on December 28, 2008 in San Diego, California.  (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

THUD...THUD...THUD...That noise you hear is the sound of Adrian Peterson's head hitting the wall repeatedly at the thought of spending another season with Tarvaris Jackson or Sage Rosenfields in the backfield with him.  

Seriously, if the Vikings had any shot of grabbing Cutler it would have been worth the price, especially given the fact that it would have kept him away from a division rival.

On a related note, I sure know that I am going to be watching with great interest to see who wins the Quarterback battle between Chris Sims and Kyle Orton for starting QB in Denver.  I am sure San Diego fans are starting to panic.  

I fully agree that Jay Cutler had to go. 

You cant have your QB throwing a hissy fit in Training camp but if I am Denver fan I have to be asking the question how my team started this offseason with a Pro-Bowl QB, failed to retain Matt Cassel, failed to retain Jay Cutler and will now begin the season with Kyle Orton as their QB.

Perhaps that Thud...Thud...Thud you heard wasn't Adrian Peterson at all. 

Speaking of Matt Cassel, I am going to go on record today as saying the Patriots made a huge mistake in shipping him to Kansas City. The more I think about it, the more I firmly believe that Tom Brady will not be himself to start the season. 

Before Pats fans jump all over me, hear me out.  

One of the things I have always admired about Tom Brady's game is how he is always been willing to step up to deliver the pass. He has taken many a hard shot in order to deliver a pass where another QB would be back peddling and throwing off his back leg to avoid the hit, usually throwing incomplete or an INT. 

I believe that Brady will be reluctant to do this when he returns, so on top of the rust that is to be expected, I believe he is going to change the way he plays and it will have an impact on his game. 

How large of an impact is still very much up in the air but there is no way the Tom Brady we get in the first four weeks is the same Brady the Patriots had before he went down. That Matt Cassell security blanket might have looked a whole lot better if they struggle out of the gate this year.

Finally, as the draft quickly approaches, I am 100 percent sold that the Lions are going to take Mathew Stafford with the first pick. What I am less certain about is whether or not that is a good idea.

Detroit has proven they cannot develop a young QB and they have far too many holes for one person to come in and make an immediate impact.

I believe if they can trade down and pickup up some extra draft picks that is the way to go. I stated in a previous article about the danger of picking a QB number with the number one pick. 

The damage done to your franchise is huge if you turn out to be wrong. People will point to Matt Ryan and the Falcons as the best reason for Detroit to take Stafford No. 1. 

I would argue without removing the cancer that was D'Angelo Hall and adding Micheal Turner there is no way that Matt Ryan on his own turns things around. I just don't see any other addition in Detroit that makes me believe they are a number one QB away from fixing their issues.