NFL – QB’s In Round One…And Football On 9/11

One week until the 2011 NFL Draft and as often is the case, the question for many teams is do we need a QB?…and how badly does that need relate to other requirements? 

USA Today’s Sports Weekly has an interesting list this week of the 35 quarterbacks drafted in Round One over the last 13 Drafts.  It reminds us all of the pitfalls drafting a guy whose employment doesn’t turn out successfully…and how a team can really set itself back by making their #1 a “one-and-done.”

Peyton Manning, Donovan McNabb, Michael Vick, Carson Palmer, Eli Manning, Philip Rivers, Ben Roethlisberger, Aaron Rodgers, Matt Ryan, Joe Flacco, Mark Sanchez, Josh Freeman, Sam Bradford…these guys turned out or should turn out to be more than worthy of the early call.

Ryan Leaf, Tim Couch, Akili Smith, Cade McNown, David Carr, Joey Harrington, Patrick Ramsey, Kyle Boller, Rex Grossman, J.P. Losman, Alex Smith, Jason Campbell, Matt Leinart, JaMarcus Russell, Brady Quinn…while a number of these QB’s are still “about,” not about to move them into that honored upper echelon for sure…and some of them were obvious disasters for their franchises.  Perhaps I should have created another level…

Daunte Culpepper, Chad Pennington, Byron Leftwich, Vince Young, Jay Cutler, Matthew Stafford, Tim Tebow…wasn’t sure what to do with these players in regard to one group or the other…remember we’re talking Round One here people.  They have me on the fence.  Your thoughts – as always – are welcome…more on the Draft as we get closer. 

One comment on the release of the 2011 NFL schedule this week…met with less fanfare because we don’t even know if they’ll be kicking off as planned due to the labor strife.  Much was made in some circles about the opening slate of games being “9/11 weekend” and the NFL noting how much they were looking forward to playing as scheduled because of the importance of the date…trying to play in the court of public opinion while they engage the players in another court altogether.  They know we LOVE football in this nation.

Here’s the thing…I am fairly sure there’s a percentage of folks in the same nation who feel that weekend isn’t one which needs to be filled with fun and games.  I love the NFL as much as anyone…but if it occurs to me playing football on 9/11 might not be such a good idea – or at least making it sound like you’re doing it to “honor” the anniversary…what do you think?


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I'm Bruce. Born, raised and still outside the City of Brotherly Love. Managed (so far) to visit a dozen of our United States and Canada (twice). Addicted from birth to Television/Movies/Sports. Took three years of French and got credit for two of 'em.
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5 Responses to NFL – QB’s In Round One…And Football On 9/11

  1. I agree with what you have to say here. I love football, despite the fact that I am a girl, and I think it is wrong to have a football game on 9/11. I believe on this day we should reflect on things that happened a few years ago and not be focusing on who is about to win the game.


  2. Troy says:

    Too many misses on 1st round QBs make me wary of burning a pick on a gamble.

    As for the 9/11 game, I’m fine with them playing. In fact, I think we have been dwelling on it for far too long. “God Bless America” during 7th inning stretches of baseball games began to irritate me many years ago and, coupled with what has transpired since that date in history (unjust war in Iraq and seemingly never-ending war in Afghanistan), it’s kind of lost the essence of unity it once resembled.

    Sorry about the semi-political post and all respect toward those who lost loved ones nearly a decade ago. Just throwing in my two cents. Peace.


    • Troy – while recent Drafts have proven to glean some gems, I too agree you have to be very careful when selecting a quarterback so early on. As for the semi-political post let me say your thoughts made me think of the military plane flyovers before each NASCAR race and how Fox makes sure the armed forces are “present” as much as possible in their football as well as racing coverage. It is not being anti-military or anti-patriotic to say there is a time and place for everything. I enjoyed your two cents and those are mine.


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