This article originally appeared on PhillyFanComplex.com
The Rams, a team in no position to win a Super Bowl next season, apparently are keen on No. 5 , which begs the question: Why?
St. Louis was the worst team in the NFL last season (hence their first overall pick) for a lot of reasons, the biggest of them being the lack of a steady (or competent) quarterback.
Similar to the last few seasons, Marc Bulger was in and out of the lineup due to various injuries, and his backups were nothing better than mediocre.
First-year head coach Steve Spagnuolo put together a team that competed hard every week, but the absence at the quarterback position probably lost three or four games for the Rams last season.
Not that losing is a bad thing for a bad team (Hello, 76ers!), but Spags obviously realizes his job is in danger if the team does not show improvement in 2010.
This is why the Michael Vick-to-St. Louis rumors make sense. Vick would help the Rams improve at least nominally, though he is far from a long-term option at the position, and it would buy Spagnuolo and the organization time to find and groom another quarterback.
For some reason, the same logic does not apply to McNabb. Vick has plenty to prove coming off his first season back in the league, and would allow the Rams to use the first overall pick to draft a more proven commodity than Sam Bradford or Jimmy Clausen.
Plus, he would be cheaper to acquire than McNabb—the Eagles, despite their public stance, will probably jump at any draft pick in the fifth round or higher for their former social-redemption experiment.
McNabb on the Rams, however, would be a waste. It is inconceivable the Rams would be any better than .500 at best next season, and it’s fairly obvious McNabb performs best on a team capable of flaming out in the postseason.
Of course, that logic is contradictory to why the Eagles should/would get rid of McNabb. They are a contender now, but at least they have the luxury of Kevin Kolb to fall back on. There’s no reason to think the Eagles cannot flame out just as spectacularly with Kolb as they have done with McNabb, and who knows—maybe the team will actually not collapse in big games.
Earlier today, the all-wise, all-knowing, Ochocinco-loving Skip Bayless said something stupid wondering aloud (via Twitter ) if the Rams would give up the first overall pick for McNabb. Were that the case, we’d gladly carry McNabb to St. Louis and stop in Nebraska to bring Ndamukong Suh back to Philadelphia.
In reality, Skip is an idiot prone to exaggeration at times—and no one ever accused him of being a man the smartest guy. If the Rams agree to that, though, they don’t deserve to have the first overall pick in the draft anyway.