Tim Tebow: How Tebow, Cam Newton, Other QBs Bail Out Needy Teams in 2011
Tim Tebow and Cam Newton will be the two big names going into the 2011 NFL Draft season. Yes, you read that right.
With Josh McDaniels in the unemployment line, Tebow once again becomes the big debate. Should the Broncos keep him? Should they deal him?
We'll answer that question, plus a lot more as we look at what each team with a quarterback question could do this offseason.
We'll look at Kevin Kolb, Carson Palmer, Colt McCoy, and what the Bills, Dolphins, Minnesota and other teams will be looking at as we head into the 2011 offseason.
This is about quarterbacks, so be prepared for big debates.
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Let's get Colt McCoy out of the way early.
Team President Mike Holmgren already is in love with the guy, and told the Cleveland media recently the only other thing he wants to see out of McCoy is how he plays in Cleveland in December and January. That opportunity comes the last two weeks of the season when McCoy should be back from his ankle injury.
With how McCoy performed so far in his limited starts, though, there's no reason to think he won't rise to this challenge as well.
As for the rest of the Browns quarterback depth chart, Jake Delhomme is probably finished and won't be brought back next year. Seneca Wallace will stay on and the Browns will draft another quarterback in the fifth or sixth round.
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What's a team like the Seahawks to do? Matt Hasselbeck hasn't been awful, and it's hard to judge him in the context of the NFC West where everybody and every team is bad.
Most likely Pete Carroll keeps Hasselbeck one more year, and drafts a quarterback in the second or third round, like Greg McElroy out of Alabama.
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The Bengals have two problems as they enter the 2011 offseason: Carson Palmer is regressing and owner Mike Brown is cheap.
How the two problems get resolved won't make the Bengals any better in 2011.
With the looming labor problems, and the fact Brown probably does not want to draft another first-round quarterback and pay first-round quarterback money means Carson Palmer probably stays in Cincinnati at least one more year.
They have Dan Lefevour on the roster, and most likely a new coach coming in. The only reason Marvin Lewis hasn't been fired before now is for the same reason he won't want another first-round quarterback in the draft, Brown is too cheap to pay Lewis to not work.
So Lewis' contract is up after the year and it won't be renewed. The new coach will be told to draft a quarterback in the second round and have him learn under Palmer since it's a lot less painful on the pocket book to have a second-round draft pick holding the clipboard.
The pick could be Pat Devlin out of Delaware.
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Yes, Kevin Kolb will be a Titan next season.
Here's how I see the scenario. Bud Adams finally comes around and realizes Vince Young is done in Tennessee. Jeff Fisher has ties to Andy Reid and the two teams make the deal happen because while having two great quarterbacks on your roster is nice, Kolb is too valuable right now for the Eagles to just leave him on their bench.
So Kolb ends up a Titan, Kerry Collins will back up, and the Titans draft a quarterback in the late rounds.
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With Kolb in Tennessee, the Eagles will sign Vick to a nice contract and then draft another quarterback in the late rounds, or wait and see who's available to sign as a free agent.
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So what do the Titans do with Vince Young?
Trade him to Oakland. Seriously.
The Jason Campbell experiment isn't working out, Bruce Gradkowski really is nothing more than a backup, and the Raiders don't have a first round draft pick.
Young is going to be dumped by the Titans cheap because the rest of the league knows his career there is over, so the Titans won't be bargaining from a position of strength.
Young isn't a Jamarcus Russell, although he does have problems. Still, the Raiders love giving troubled players a change of scenery, so Young becomes a Raider, and the Raiders go for a quarterback in the third round, possibly Colin Kaepernick out of Nevada, or Andy Dalton out of TCU.
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The Miami Dolphins now have two problems as they go into the offseason. They have two free agent running backs, both of them aging; and they have no quarterback.
The way mock drafts are falling, and where Miami ends up drafting, there won't be any first-round quarterback talent left on the board, so Miami will draft a running back in the first round if Mark Ingram is still on the board.
The Dolphins most likely route of action will be to sign a free agent and then draft a quarterback in the second round. It's tough to predict which quarterback the Dolphins will sign, but I do believe they'll target Christian Ponder in the second round.
Then Ponder, Chad Henne, and the free agent can battle it out in training camp.
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The big offseason trade that didn't work out as anyone expected or hoped in Washington was the Donovan McNabb trade.
Now Shanahan is stuck with him even though the Redskins have an "out" on his contract. The truth is he's now their best option going into next season, inconsistency aside.
The Redskins have been forced to blow everything up this year as McNabb has played at his peak playoff form. (That's not a compliment)
However, the Redskins will keep McNabb on his toes next year by drafting Ricky Stanzi in the second round, letting McNabb know they now have a successor waiting in the wings, and that he needs to perform better.
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The Buffalo Bills have a problem, they're now playing well enough to take themselves out of the Andrew Luck sweepstakes. Plus, Ryan Fitzpatrick has been playing pretty well this season.
These two factors say that the Bills probably won't draft a quarterback in the first round if Luck is off the board. He's the only guy owner Ralph Wilson has shown any interest in to date, and the notoriously cheap owner probably will rationalize the team can get by another year with Fitzpatrick at the helm while they develop another quarterback.
So look for the Bills to draft a quarterback in the second round, someone like Blaine Gabbert, and hope he develops while Fitzpatrick stays sharp so they're not looking for first-round talent in the 2012 draft.
San Francisco 49ers
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The San Francisco 49ers are a team with a ton of needs, and they may decide other needs come ahead of a quarterback in the first round.
Besides, with the depth at quarterback in this year's draft, and where the 49ers will end up in the draft order, it's likely one of the first-round talents is going to drop to the second round.
Right now that prediction for a huge drop is Jake Locker, so the 49ers draft for the defense in the first round, and grab their quarterback at a much cheaper price in the second round.
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If Tarvaris Jackson was considered the future of the franchise, the Vikings woulnd't have gone to Brett Favre, hat in hand, and begged him to come back at the end of training camp, so get any notion of Tarvaris Jackson as the future out of your head.
The Vikings will draft a QB in the first round, my guess is Ryan Mallett at this point, and Mallett could end up being the Week 1 starter.
That doesn't mean they won't name Jackson the starter and then bench him by Week 3, though.
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Cam Newton is the new Tim Tebow when it comes to Internet searches and debates over whether he'll be successful in the NFL.
So that brings us to the Cardinals and head coach Ken Whisenhunt. Whisenhunt was dumb enough to be fooled by Derek Anderson's arm going into this season, so there's no reason to think he won't be crazy enough to give Cam Newton a chance.
The Cardinals were right to cut Matt Leinart, he's a bust who probably still can't figure out why he's cooling his heels on the Texans' bench right now.
But Anderson doesn't get it either, and he never will at this point. Anderson has a rocket arm, but no brains behind that arm to give those throws any direction or meaning.
Max Hall clearly wasn't ready, which is why he went undrafted, and John Skelton still is an unknown, but looked decent enough in his limited action last week.
So look for the Cardinals quarterback depth next year to go Newton, Skelton , Hall.
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Yes, things are bad in Carolina, and it's not the best environment in which to judge a rookie quarterback, but look at the guy.
I'm talking about Jimmy Clausen. The guy is a bust, and that's all there is to it. The Panthers will hire a new coach in the offseason, and that coach will have no trouble moving on from a second-round draft pick.
Andrew Luck gets the call and I'm betting Tony Pike has more success in his career in the NFL as a backup to Luck than Clausen will anywhere else.
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So what about Tim Tebow?
I'm afraid Denver, and whoever comes in to coach the team next year, are stuck with him. Josh McDaniels arrogance simply has put the team in a corner they will not be able to get out of.
Kyle Orton actually is having a pretty good year, last week aside, and there's no reason to bench Orton in favor of Tebow at this point.
Tebow also has a contract to match his status of being drafted in the first round, and good luck finding another team willing to take a chance on Tebow with that contract. It's just not going to happen.
Whether or not Tebow ever does develop now will rest in the hands of the next Broncos head coach, and it's a dilemma that has no easy answer. Whoever gets hired will have the unenviable task of trying to win while shouldering this burden of Orton and Tebow.
We don't want to forget Brady Quinn, but there's really not much to say for him at this point. He either stays in Denver as the third string quarterback, or he gets traded elsewhere to be a second string.
Good luck, Denver fans!!