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Lucky Losers: Take One

Posted on: September 13, 2011 10:16 am
It's never too soon to handicap the field for Stanford's Andrew Luck, a slam-dunk as the first pick in next year's draft, so let's get started. Essentially, this season goes this: You lose, and you win. That's right, the lucky loser gets a parting gift, and that gift is Luck, the most promising collegiate quarterback in years. The question, of course, is: Who is the Lucky Loser? Ah, that's why I'm here. Each week I'll rank the field, dissecting the tired, the poor, the huddled masses yearning to be last, and let the roll call begin.

5. Cleveland-- That's five straight losses dating back to last season, including two to Cincinnati. The Browns aren't all that bad. In fact, I'll be surprised if they hang around our Bottom Five long. But that season-opening defeat does make you realize how intoxicating Atlanta's offer of five draft choices for Julio Jones was. Cleveland needs playmakers like McDonald's needs hamburger buns ... yet it passed on Jones. Oh, well, it could be another long year, Cleveland, and you know the drill. But look at this way: At least you have a quarterback. Now he needs help.

Next loss: Good news, Browns fans, your team just drew Indianapolis. You may pick up a "Get out of jail" card next Sunday.
4. Seattle -- OK, so the Seahawks lost their fifth straight road game, including the playoffs. Big deal. They lost to San Francisco last season, too, yet won the division ... then beat the defending Super Bowl champions. But there is something wrong in Emerald City, and that something is defense. There isn't one. In fact, there hasn't been for some time. Sunday's loss marked the eighth time in the last 10 starts that Seattle hemorrhaged 30 or more points, with opponents averaging 31.4 points in that span. That puts your quarterback at a disadvantage, and Seattle's quarterback is Tarvaris Jackson. Check, please.

Next loss: at Pittsburgh
3. Tennessee -- When the Titans made Vince Young the third pick of the 2006 draft they waited until the fourth game to swtich quarterbacks, sitting down Kerry Collins and sending Young on to the field. The same scenario could play out here, with Jake Locker getting the call, and maybe it should. There is talent, but without Chris Johnson doing much of anything -- and he had 24 yards rushing the other day -- the Titans are toast. I like Matt Hasselbeck, and he's a solid veteran who can win you games. But he keeps the position warm until Locker is ready. Locker is the future, and at some point, maybe soon, fans won't tolerate another lost season. They'll want a glimpse of the future.

Next loss: Baltimore

2. Kansas City -- This one's a little tough to digest. Eight months ago the Chiefs were a playoff team, coming off a sensational 10-6 season that earned them a division championship. But that was then, and this is now, and now they're in disarray. They just lost safety Eric Berry for the season. They lost tight end Tony Moeaki for the season. They lost to Buffalo ... at home, no less, where they were 7-1 a year ago. And it wasn't just a defeat; it was a blowout. Worse, it was to ...Buffalo. Obviously, they can right themselves quickly because they did a year ago. But there are disturbing signs that make me wonder if that's possible. I already pegged them as a team that would slide. I didn't think it would be this far.

Next loss:: at Detroit

1. INDIANAPOLIS -- Someone asked me if team vice chairman Bill Polian was so brilliant that he chose this year to tank the season. Preposterious. Unthikable. Ridiculous. I mean, they're not down here with Peyton Manning, right? Except they don't have Manning and may not for the season. So where does that put them? At the back of the class, that's where. The Colts aren't just hapless without Manning; they look pretty hopeless, too. Sad, huh? Not if you're interested in the long-term future of the franchise. I see where coach Jim Caldwell said the mistakes they committed vs. Houston are "all correctable". For the long-term health of the franchise, I hope not. If you're going to stink, this is the year to bottom out. Don't just be 5-11 bad or 4-12. Go for the gold. Make it 2-14 or 1-15. Heck, take no chances and pull a Detroit Lions. So you sacrifice a year. You gain a franchise quarterback for the next 10. People tell me the Colts should start looking for another quarterback, and maybe they're right. Start Curtis Painter, and hope for the worst.

Next loss: Cleveland.

Category: NFL

Since: Sep 14, 2011
Posted on: September 14, 2011 1:13 am

Lucky Losers: Take One

Hey, Einstein.  Did the media learn ANYTHING from assuming Luck was going pro last year?  The man is still a Junior.  I know the whack media don't understand that some guys just like going to school with friends, sisters, etc and just enjoying their college experience, but every once in a while, a "weirdo" comes along who prefers that to all the headaches that his Father taught him will come with the money and fame. Do I think he's going pro? Absolutely.  But to not even mention that he's still a Junior shows me that you learned nothing from last year. So, go back to getting Obama re-elected and leave this fine, young man alone to enjoy perhaps his final year of youth.

Since: Dec 24, 2007
Posted on: September 14, 2011 1:02 am

Lucky Losers: Take One

The reason to trade the pick for financial purposes might be the same reason to take him with the top pick.  I would take him;  All you had to do was watch this weekend to know what the poistion means.

Since: Dec 20, 2006
Posted on: September 14, 2011 12:40 am

Lucky Losers: Take One

As a fan of the game of football, period. I would like to say I like Andrew Luck and think he is very talented. With that being said, why anoint him now as one of the best in "proven" NFL history. When you(Indy) already have one of the best in NFL history. All I am trying to say is that it doesn't make sense to tank over a chance.

Since: May 20, 2011
Posted on: September 14, 2011 12:23 am

Lucky Losers: Take One

Seattle's problem is the defense? Did you actually watch the game against the 49ers....The offense put the defense in poor field position three times and the defense held SF to nine points on three field goals. There was a major breakdown on special teams but the problem is not the defense. Gore averaged less than 3 yards per carry and he usually eats Seattle for lunch. 

The primary problem is an offensive line that can't run block or pass protect. They are admittedly very young but at this point their performance has to rate as the major disappointment throughout the preseason and the first game. Best case scenario is that they improve during the season and respectable by the end of the year. The Seahawks will draft a qb in the first round in a draft that has several very good ones besides Luck. 

Since: Sep 13, 2011
Posted on: September 14, 2011 12:15 am

Lucky Losers: Take One

As a life long Seahawks fan it pains me to agree with this article. While our defense didn't completely suck (our special teams sure did though) we were playing the 49er's who really suck. I am pretty sure most of us could complete 50% of our passes against San Frans "outstanding" defensive pass coverage and yet the Seahawks were f***ing embarassing for the majority of the game. Bench Jackson and give clip board Jesus a chance its not like he could be worse.

Since: Apr 3, 2009
Posted on: September 13, 2011 11:46 pm

Lucky Losers: Take One

My dream would be to trade Eli Manning for the number 1 pick and get Luck. I would be sooos super happy Sealed!

Since: Oct 18, 2007
Posted on: September 13, 2011 11:10 pm

Lucky Losers: Take One

Of course not! Everyone knows Tebow the savior will lead them to a 19-0 season for the next 50 years!


Since: Nov 5, 2008
Posted on: September 13, 2011 11:04 pm

Lucky Losers: Take One

Denver should be on that list.

Since: Aug 31, 2010
Posted on: September 13, 2011 10:48 pm

Lucky Losers: Take One

It may be a saving grace for a team with an established QB to get the first pick this year. As others have said, any team with the #1 will get tons of offers for the pick. I would Imagine there are 10-15 franchises who would make a run at the first pick. Some of them with established QB's ( Raiders, cowboys, Jets, Bills, skins, bears, Dolphins ) some with young/ unproven guys (Browns, Seahawks, 49ers, vikings, TB ) If they think they are a QB away from doing something special. either way, you are likely to get 2 picks in every round for the entire 2012 draft as well as some 2013 picks. Will A. Luck be worth it ? Maybe.... will it save the team with the worst pick in the draft ? possibly, if they know how to draft.

Since: Sep 13, 2011
Posted on: September 13, 2011 10:37 pm

Lucky Losers: Take One

I am glad you have Seattle in your bottom 5.  At this point with T. Jackson at QB, this team has a real chance to win the Andrew Luck sweepstakes.  And how funny would that be, with Pete Carroll drafting Andrew Luck and playing Harbaugh twiice a year!!!!!!

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