Apologies for my slow blog production this week. Busy week at work getting back into the swing of things after the holiday season + family stuff + preparing for a baby on the way in a little more than a month = Bad for blogging. Sorry. Some random thoughts:
1. Another potential Redskins QB has decided to stay in school. This time it’s Landry Jones. Updated QB big board, of potential 1st round picks:
- Andrew Luck
- Robert Griffin III
- Ryan Tannehill
- Nick Foles
One QB that might make sense for the Skins could be Brandon Weeden. If Weeden were a “traditional” college QB prospect, he’d be squarely in the 1st round discussion. The reason he isn’t? He’s 28 years old, and has a few injury concerns, but he has a huge arm, and holy hell, look at the numbers. He’s a potential Day 1 starter, especially if his primary competition would be guys like Rex Grossman or John Beck.
I’ve heard a lot about Mike Shanahan’s “5-year plan,” or the “Shanaplan,” if you will. Well, we’re entering year three of the Shanaplan, and the Skins still don’t have a QB. The Colts are going to draft Andrew Luck 1st overall. With that in mind, some questions to consider:
Are the Skins going to make a play for Matt Flynn? Is Robert Griffin III going to make it to the 6th pick? Are the Skins willing to pay a very hefty price to move up to something like the 2nd or 3rd overall pick to take Griffin III? If the answer to all three of those questions are “no,” then Weeden would make sense. If after Year 3 of the Shanaplan, the Skins don’t at least look like they can be legitimate contenders soon, Shanahan might not be around to see year 5 of his grand plan. I’m not sure he cares as much about the age of his QB as some of the other “QB needy” teams.
2. A lot has been made of the weather this weekend in NJ. Does bad weather help the Giants or the Falcons? On the one hand, the Falcons almost never play in the cold. Matt Ryan, for example, has only played in one cold weather game his entire pro career. On the other hand, the Falcons have a much more balanced offense than the Giants. They run the ball well, while the Giants don’t. So who does the cold weather benefit? I’m not sure it matters, frankly. I live in North Jersey, and just took my dog out. It’s 6:30 AM. It’s not really all that cold out there at all. It’s going to get up over 50 degrees today. Tomorrow, it’s expected to get up around 45, with a very low likelihood of precipitation, and just a little bit of wind. It doesn’t appear that the weather is going to be a factor in the slightest.
3. It appears that Boston College linebacker Luke Kuechly is going pro:
That has Eagles fans fired up, and you can pretty much expect to see his name next to Philly in every mock draft out there this offseason. Kuechly’s numbers are video game-esque:
In his first 4 games as a Freshman, he had 33 tackles. In three of those games, he had less than 10 tackles. In his next 33 games, he had just TWO games in which he had less than 10 tackles, and on both occasions, he had 9. That kind of consistency is absurd.
4. Watching NFL Network as I type this. Brian Dawkins appears to be done for the season with a neck injury, and the thinking is that it’s potentially career ending. Dawkins is my favorite player of all time. Next stop, Canton.
5. I’ve been killing the Cowboys’ OL and lack of depth for years now, and I stumbled across this excellent piece by Bob Sturm, who puts a target squarely on Jerry Jones for the team that he has assembled. Very smart read.