Something tells me this is going to be an interesting opening to the 2016 NFL season. One of the old ‘new young guns’ that were on track to revitalize the position of NFL quarterback was just released. Robert Griffin III, the guy the Redskins paid dearly for in draft picks, was unceremoniously cut from those same Redskins. after of course spending last season on the bench as the 3rd strong guy behind Kurt Cousins and Colt (yikes) McCoy. The other supposed game-changer, Cam Newton, just lost Super Bowl L in a spectacularly awful showing, amid constant pressure, missed plays, and finally a loss of heart by the end as he fumbled and whined his way to the finish, despite his MVP showing last season. And we all know what is going on with our own guy, Colin Kaepernick.
Speaking of the Rams, they turned the plethora of draft picks garnered from the Redskins for the right to draft RG III into basically nothing. They got DT Michael Brockers, a solid if unspectacular defensive tackle on a great D line. They got OLB Alec Ogletree, an above-average LB who covers well. They got CB Janoris (Mr. Toasted) Jenkins, nuff said. RB Isaiah Pead, a one-year wonder that hit the dog house. OL R Watkins, cut before he played a down. WR Steadman Bailey, another in a log line of disappointing WRs (sound familiar?). RB Zac Staley, another RB du Jour who had a great year and fell of the depth chart for the next guy, Tre Mason (and the Todd Gurley). And. last but not least 2nd pick in the 2014 draft, the biggest disappointment, OT Greg Robinson. Being considered one of the worst tackles in the game in 2014, and didn’t improve much last year.
There you have it. The Rams turned all their high picks into a bunch of meh, and still haven’t been in the playoffs as the Cards have zoomed past them, the Seahawks are, well, balanced on their own precipice, and of course our Niners are a clusterfuck in waiting. The reason I bring up the Rams is because they are now in the same raft that the Redskins were in back in 2012. The Rams are in desperate need for a quarterback. Nick Foles, their guy, went 4-7 and played himself to the bench in favor of Case (who am I?) Keenum.
Tennessee, the team holding the #1 pick, is not. They have Marcus Mariota and a horrible line. They are actively looking to trade down with someone in need so they can draft a slew of O linemen. Who better than the Rams? They gained first-hand knowledge of how trading picks away can help (Washington hit the playoffs immediately), and they see that hoarding picks isn’t necessarily a guarantee of success either, as they have aptly proven. So I can see the Rams making a play for that top pick to draft either Carson Wentz or Jared Goff.
Want to know what’s really fucked up? The team that now looks to become a playoff fixture is the one-and-only Scotty McCloughan-led Washington Redskins. The Cowboys are in a huge pile of disarray as their defense racks up huge losses, and Tony Romo keeps trucking millions into his bank account. The Eagles are in another tumultuous offseason (hi, Chip), and the Giants are coming off an underwhelming year themselves as they search for a new chemistry.
Don’t know what the deal is with non-teetotalling Scot. He apparently drank his way out of the 49ers GM-ship after building up a great team, and he did the same in Seattle, leaving for ‘personal reasons’ there as well. Now, however, he is responsible for the Redskins prompt turnaround last year by nailing last year’s draft with 4 starters, drafting guard Brandon Scherff, outside linebacker Preston Smith, running back Matt Jones and wide receiver Jamison Crowder, and signing his guys Dashon Goldson, Rickey-Jean Francois. He also picked up NT Terrance Knighton and special teams ace Jeron Johnson. He has now built a team that is suddenly stable and has a promising future. Not a bad day’s work for the guy. Fuck.