Just do it, Texans. Just go get Anthony Richardson. Lock it up. Make sure. Trade up to the top pick and do it.
No, I’m not jumping on the Richardson bandwagon. I’m leading the band.
That’s the guy.
Combine drills can be misleading, to say the least. The Underwear Olympics don’t determine who can play football. But I saw what I saw, and what I saw presents what I think can be an historic opportunity for the Texans.
In a league full of quarterbacking freaks, Anthony Richardson can be the Super Freak. Numbers don’t ever tell the full story, but here are the numbers.
6-4. 244. 4.43.
10-9 broad jump.
And…that arm. Dang.
“He’s Super Freaky…”
Richardson is not road-ready. He should not immediately be thrown into the deep end and told to sink or swim. He is not a Day One Starter. If he doesn’t take the wheel until 2024, I’m more than fine with that. It would be great if the Texans had a veteran quarterback on the roster to tutor him. They don’t. But the opportunity here is just too great to pass up.
The idea is to win a Super Bowl. The Texans lost a franchise QB when Deshaun Watson self-destructed. Richardson can be more than a replacement. He can eventually be an upgrade.
I think I know what style of play new Texans’ coach DeMeco Ryans wants to develop. Think 49ers, on both sides of the ball. Think “intellectual brutality.”
Think Anthony Richardson.
If I wanted a Day One Starter, I’d draft C.J. Stroud. If my goal was to win seven games in 2023, I’d ride with Stroud. Right now, he’s a much more polished passer than Richardson, whose footwork needs an overhaul.
But this is not about 2023. And shouldn’t be.
Anthony Richardson is The Guy.