My Take On Quarterback 2012

We all know the names being tossed around. Peyton Manning, Matt Flynn and Robert Griffin III. Those are the big three. And all three have questions surrounding them. First, there's Manning. One of the best of all time, Manning by all accounts is likely to be released soon by the Indianapolis Colts, who are going to draft Stanford's Andrew Luck. The divorce has already begun with Manning and Colts owner Jim Irsay trading barbs this past week. The big question is his health. With three neck surgeries over the past year, it's possible he may never even play again. And even if he is declared healthy enough to play, he won't be the Manning of 5 years ago. There will be questions about his arm strength. And at 36, he would be very short term at best. My take on Manning? Pass. As I said, he is short term at best and damaged goods. The Dolphins need to start thinking long term at the QB position and stop with the quick fixes and band aids.

Matt Flynn. He had a GREAT game against Detroit. 480 yards and 6 touchdown passes. That one game will probably net him millions, but is it worth the risk? The Packers have a great offense. That game meant nothing for them. They had everything locked up. There was no pressure what so ever. They were out there having fun basically. If they won, big deal. If they lost, big deal. And a few of Flynn's TD were more on the player on the receiving end such as Ryan Grant's score. Grant took a short pass and turned it into an 80 yard TD. My take on Flynn? Buyer beware. He hasn't proved anything yet. How would he perform in an average offense? If he could be had at a reasonable price, I would take a chance. But the big bucks? Just ask the Arizona Cardinals if they have buyers remorse when it come to Kevin Kolb.

Finally there's Robert Griffin III, or RGIII as he is starting to be referred to. I watch very little college football, but I do know the story of RGIII as most of us do by now. He took over the Baylor Bears and took the team to new heights. He's a leader and a guy teammates respect. I've seen a lot of highlights of this young man but one play impressed me more than anything an that was the final play of Baylor's game against Oklahoma. On that play, with 8 seconds left and the score tied 38-38, RGIII threw a perfect 34 yard strike into the endzone with a defender right in his face to give Baylor their first win ever over Oklahoma. He's not as physically talented as Cam Newton, but I do think in the long run he will end up being a better all around QB. My take on RGIII? This is the guy I want. I would be very disappointed if the Dolphins didn't at least attempt to trade up for him. He's young, talented and a proven leader. It's time the Dolphins take a chance on getting a real QB.

Comments

  1. There's also this guy named Matt Moore. He went 6-3 with the team last year despite playing with no right tackle to protect him, and no training camp to learn an entirely new system in. He was consistently a top ten rated QB during his time here last year. And get this...he's already on the roster and under contract!

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  2. Well put. The football grass is not always greener elsewhere.

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  3. Who the hell is Ron Gant?

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  4. Problem is Steve is that Matt Moore didn't beat one good team all year. Beat up on the Skins, Bills, Raiders, KC..etc and the bottom feeder teams. Vs REAL competition (Giants, Pats, Philly...etc) he lost and played poorly. Matt Moore is an utter failure in this league and is nothing more than a back-up.

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  6. Ron Gant? He used to play for the Atlanta Braves. I don't know why I confused him with Ryan Grant. It must be an age thing. I'm going to be 50 Thursday so give me a freakin break.

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  7. Michael, are you really going to put it out there and bury your budding journalism career by calling Matt Moore an "utter failure?"

    Matt Moore does not control his teams schedule, and I seem to remember a few outstanding games (Dallas, etc.) where our defense completely folded, and fell on their swords for not protecting the leads that Moore gave them. If you've ever played, you know it's a team game. Moore can't catch all the perfect passes to Brandon marshall in the end zone that were dropped. Were they Moore's fault too?

    He is not the next Marino by any stretch, I was simply pointing out that with a nonexistent right tackle nor complete grasp of a complex offense, he showed promise and maybe worth investing in in the coming year. Ryan Leaf and Rick Mirer were 'utter failures.'

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  8. I have no budding journalism career. Not looking to have one. And Matt Moore has been an utter failure in the NFL! Stats don't lie

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