We talkin’ quarterbacks!
We still don’t know where Deshaun Watson is heading, except maybe to jail. But his football destination apparently will not be Miami. Dolphins’ G.M. Chris Greer says they’re sticking with Tua, and that the “door is shut” on a trade for Watson, who is facing 22 civil lawsuits and 10 criminal complaints filed by women accusing him of sexual assault or harassment.
I must admit I like the Zen approach of Texans’ Head Coach Lovie Smith, who said Wednesday that, “Time kind of takes care of itself.” As for the Dolphins, I would not feel particularly serene about sticking with Tua. I did hear new Miami Coach Mike McDaniel on the radio Wednesday. Impressive.
Add an “s” and you get McDaniels, as in Josh, who is the new guy with the Raiders. Smooth. He’s trying to figure out whether to move forward with Derek Carr, who is heading into the final year of his deal. My guess is yes. I think they will both be good for each other.
Man, this quarterback courtship thing can be dicey. Matt LeFleur to Aaron Rodgers. “Yoo hoo. I’m here. I love you. We love you. But I don’t want to be overbearing.” In the words of the late Leon Russell, “I’m up on a tight wire. One side’s ice and one is fire…” Make up your mind, Aaron.
Yes, I know R. Tannehill threw three picks in the Tennessee’s playoff loss to the Bengals. But don’t’ overthink this, Titans. RT is still your boy. I’d feel very comfortable moving forward with him.
Now, Washington Commanders, YOU got some tough decisions to make. Stick with Taylor Heineke, who is a tough guy and a good leader? Seek a blockbuster trade? (See Watson, D., or Garoppolo, J.) Sign a big free agent? Or draft a dude. The problem with the final option is that all of the quarterbacks in this year’s draft are just “dudes,” in my opinion. That franchise has had a rough go with quarterbacks. Since the franchise’s last SB win following the 1991 season, 32 guys have started at quarterback, including eight in the past three seasons. The heck of it is they now have a very good roster that could make a run if they get this QB-1 thing settled. History says they won’t.
Yesterday, I gently suggested that teams might want to take another look at Mitchell Trubisky. Ditto for Marcus Mariota. He has matured.