Broncos hiding true intentions at QB?
With just over 24 hours until the 2016 NFL Draft, theories are flying about the different options the Broncos have at addressing the QB position. With all of this recent news surrounding the Broncos adding a veteran QB, one analyst seems to think that it’s all a distraction to hide their real intentions at the position. Who said this and why does he think this? Well, let’s find out…
As we approach the opening day of the NFL Draft, there are rumors swirling around the NFL with the various players that the teams are interested in and the lengths they could go to select these players. Some teams are transparent and overbearing in their admiration for a player while other tend to keep things close to the proverbial vest of their organization.
One thing that has been very transparent this off-season is the Broncos search for another QB(or two) to add to the roster. The popular opinion is that Colin Kaepernick will likely become the next Denver Bronco QB via a trade from the San Francisco 49ers. Other likely options mentioned have ranged from Brian Hoyer to Sam Bradford. While most analysts are of the opinion that one of these veterans will soon become a Broncos QB, one analyst seems to have a very different and quite possibly, wise take on the Broncos pursuit of a new QB.
Oh, and he didn’t stop there. Proceed…
All caught up? Good.
While the popular opinion has been to trade for Colin Kaepernick, Shwab’s take on the situation does make quite a bit of sense for a few different reasons. One, judging by John Elway’s record when pursuing veteran players, it doesn’t make sense that Elway would have waiting this long to acquire a player that he really liked. Do the Broncos like Kaepernick? Yes. Do they like him enough that they think he’s the long term answer? I’m not so sure about that.
Again, Elway’s track record suggest that when he finds a player he likes, he goes after them and gets them ASAP. Could this situation be different? Certainly, but it really doesn’t make sense to wait on a situation this long if you REALLY loved the guy.
Another thing to consider with that last point is at a position where it’s paramount to grasp a playbook and get familiar with your skill position players, waiting to acquire another QB until the eleventh hour not only puts the QB behind, but the team itself behind. Why not get a QB on the roster ASAP so he can get familiar with his teammates and learn the playbook?
The second point I have regarding Schwab’s comments is why would Kaepernick agree to a sizable pay cut
for not one but the next TWO years knowing that he doesn’t have to do that? On top of moving to a new team and city, learning a new playbook, getting to know new teammates, getting caught up in a competition for the starting job, he would also have to take a pay cut to go through all of that.
I don’t care who your are, but if you asked ANYBODY in any walk of life if that sounds like a good deal, they would laugh at you and tell you to step off.
Seriously, people. Let’s take all of that into consideration. You think any player would want to go through all of that and take LESS money to do that? If you’re Kaepernick, why not just follow the path of RG3 in his last year with the Redskins. If he has to sit out 2016 and hopefully get released next off-season to seek a new team, then so be it. In that case, at least he would get the money he wants and not have to go through a new team he may not want to go in the process.
Finally, why would the Broncos be so open in their interest for other QB’s when they can keep their real intentions private? Wouldn’t it make their process of getting the QB they want more difficult if they outright told everyone else in the NFL the QB that they want? In an league that likes to go after and take down the defending world champions, you don’t think other teams would want to hurt the Broncos and their process for finding the right fit at QB? Sometimes, being coy about your intentions may be the most logical and effective route for getting the guy you want.
We’ll see how everything unfolds this weekend, but without question, it will end up be an exciting and suspenseful process. I certainly think that Schwab could be on to something with the Broncos in their pursuit of a new QB, but we’ll have to wait and see how everything plays out. Is Elway saving one trick up his sleeve to solve the Broncos biggest roster question? We’ll know soon enough.