Now that I've got your attention:), let me start by saying this is NOT going to be a bash Andy Dalton post or even meant to be an indictment on him.
Yes, over the past 3 years I've both defended him as well as been critical of him on more than one occasion. And even after he's had back to back very good weeks I still believe some of my biggest criticisms hold true. IMO he still has to get better and make some major strides with his pocket presence, going through his progressions, staring down receivers, and his deep ball accuracy. On the other hand, I do believe he does NOT get enough credit or recognition for some of his strengths as well, which can often times mask many of his weaknesses. Yes we all know that he's a winner and all about his cool demeanor but IMO his ability to read a defense pre-snap and get the ball out quickly to his intended target are two of his greatest strengths which are all too often overlooked.
Anyways let me get to the meat and potatoes of this post.
I'm all good with keeping Andy and giving him the opportunity to thrive but I also do NOT think there's any reason why we shouldn't bring in another top shelf rookie QB through the draft to compete with him, especially when it's one of our biggest needs!
The reality is that in 2014 Michael Johnson will be our only starter whose a free agent on a roster that is already pretty stacked, especially with Iloka stepping up at SS this year. Don't get me wrong we could always use another CB and LB but I could just as easily make the argument that back up QB is our most glaring weakness and biggest need. I'm just curious with a team that's built to win now; why would we not try to make this one major weakness another strength, especially when we may have the chance in a draft class that is supposedly very top heavy with QB talent?
I'm sure people are going to point out that the last thing we would want is a QB controversy but I'm actually of the mind set that QB controversy's really only occur when starting QB's don't perform up to expectations or the teams just aren't very good and are looking for any type of change, otherwise to me it's a competition. Lets just take a second to look back at some GOOD teams that have had QB competitions. 49ers last year (Kapernick & Smith) went to the Superbowl. Seahawks last preseason (Wilson & Flynn) went to playoffs; lets go back some time to Green Bay (Farve and Rogers) ended up wining a super bowl, and we can go back even further to the 49ers again (Montana & Young) also ended up winning a super bowl.
I really started thinking about this because I heard earlier this week on a radio show that roughly 1/3 of the QB's that started on opening day rosters have been injured this year
It's no secret that there's a shortage of quality QB's in the NFL today and if we were to look around at teams we would see that starting caliber QB's more than any other position group are generally found in rounds 1 & 2. Sure every 5 or 6 years you'll have you exceptions (i.e. Tom Brady, Tony Romo, Russel Wilson) but for the most part every other QUALITY QB has been drafted in rounds 1 or 2 (Manning Rd1, Brees Rd2, Rogers Rd1, Rivers Rd1, Luck Rd1, Ryan Rd1, RG3 Rd1, Cutler Rd1, Dalton Rd2, Flacco Rd1, Stafford Rd1, Big Ben Rd1, Bradford Rd1, Manning Rd1, Kappernick Rd2, Newtown Rd1, Tannehill Rd1, Vick Rd1 , Locker Rd 1,Ect).
Anyways I guess my case is that bringing in a QB early would only make this roster that much stronger and it would also protect us from having a lost season if there were an unforeseen injury to Andy. As always your thoughts are welcome.