Let’s call it Wednesday

Posted: December 29, 2021 by Sports Time Radio in sports

I’ve noticed this NFL season that if there’s a team that’s not doing as well as the media thinks they should be ding they only have one answer for that team. They need to move on from their starting quarterback either by trading him or just letting him go.

This actually started early this season when the Miami Dolphins where in the process of losing seven straight games. The only thing that the media could think of that would make the Dolphins better would be to move on from starting quarterback Tua Tagovailoa. Remember there where even quite a few rumors that the Dolphins where interesting in trading for Deshaun Watson. Interestingly now that the Dolphins have won seven games in a row and are in contention for a playoff spot the media doesn’t seem to be questioning if Tagovailoa should be the Dolphins starting quarterback.

There are currently two more teams that the media seems to think should make a change at starting quarterback for next season. The Seattle Seahawks who are currently 5-10 on the season and the Cleveland Browns who have a record of 7-8.

Don’t forget this past off season there was a lot of talk about the Seahawks dealing their starting quarterback Russell Wilson when Wilson submitted a list of teams that he would accept a trade to. Now that Seattle is having their share of struggles it seems the media think that it’s time for Wilson to move on.

As for the Browns it seems as though the media is under the impression that their starting quarterback Baker Mayfield isn’t the right quarterback to lead them to a championship. To be fair they may be right about that, but there are a lot of quarterbacks on a lot of teams that could be adding into that category.

It seems as though the media thinks that it’s easy to just go and find a quarterback that can lead you to a Super Bowl, but if Seattle and Cleveland move on from their current quarterbacks they’d have to hit on a player in the draft because there’s no other quarterback on their rosters that appear to be able to step in and lead those teams to a title.

The Seahawks have Geno Smith on their roster as the backup quarterback and Jacob Eason is the 3rd stringer. The Browns have journeymen Case Keenum as their backup quarterback and Nick Mullins is their 3rd stringer. None of those four quarterbacks would be considered an upgrade over Wilson or Mayfield, so that means the Seahawks and the Browns would be taking their new starting quarterback in next year’s draft.

Oddly I wonder if the media who thinks it’s a good idea for the Seahawks to make a change at quarterback have forgotten that they don’t have a 1st round pick in the upcoming draft as they traded to the New York Jets as part of the Jamal Adams trade. That would mean the Seahawks would have to use Wilson in a trade to get into the 1st round high enough to select his replacement, but would Wilson agree to be traded to a team picking that high in the draft?

As for Cleveland I doubt that trading Mayfield would help them move up from where they sit right now at #14. I don’t think Mayfield has much trade value and I doubt that Cleveland would even be able to get a decent draft pick in return for him.

There appear to be three quarterbacks that will be drafted in the 1st round of the upcoming draft. Kenny Pickett seems to be the best of the bunch while Matt Corral should be the next quarterback taken and many people think that Malik Willis will find his way into the back end of the 1st round. Now if teams reach for a quarterback, you might see a team reach for a Sam Howell or Carson Strong at the end of the 1st round or the start of the 2nd round.

Of course, drafting a quarterback doesn’t always lead to success. Don’t forget that Mayfield was the #1 pick in the 2018 draft and there were five quarterbacks selected in the 1st round of last year’s draft. Trevor Lawrence went to the Jacksonville Jaquars, Zack Wilson went to the New York Jets, Trey Lance went to the San Francisco 49ers, Justin Fields went to the Chicago Bears and Mac Jones went to the New England Patriots and it looks as though only one of those quarterbacks has a chance to lead his team into the playoffs. That would be Jones with the Patriots.

Now there is one other option that both Seattle and Cleveland could explore this off season, signing Aaron Rodgers. This is Rodgers last year under contract with the Green Bay Packers. He’ll be a free agent this off season. Is it possible that he’d be interested in going to Seattle or Cleveland? Both teams have weapons that could attract Rodgers and I’m sure there would be players interested in signing with whatever team Rodgers ends up with. Of course, signing Rodgers won’t be easy as any team that thinks they need a quarterback will be interested in him and there is some talk that they think he’ll resign with the Packers after the season he’s had there.

So let me know. What do you think happens in Seattle and Cleveland at the quarterback position?

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Comments
  1. It always seems to center on a quarterback replacement when a team isn’t doing well. But I don’t think either Cleveland or Seattle will make any kind of a change in their current QB situation.

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