Below is a key quote from Nix’s remarks on why he did not take a QB in their first couple of rounds (Chris Brown, April 29th):
“Here’s the way we looked at it,” said Nix. “We’ve got guys physically that can do anything as well as anybody in the draft physically. Throw the ball well, make all the throws, mobile, can move around and are smart. We’ve got guys like that. Now obviously they’ve been kind of inconsistent and up and down, but there are a lot of reasons for that.”
Let’s take them one at a time per QB. “Throw the ball well.” Edwards, prior to his first concussion, threw the ball well. Since then he has been reluctant to make any throw down the field. Fitz does not throw the ball well period. In one game in the snow BB was just ok but I would give him an incomplete. “Make all the throws.” Same as above. “Mobile, can move around.” None of them are Drew Bledsoe but none are JP either. “Smart.” I think TE is smart enough to know that he does not ever want to get hit as hard as he was hit on that first concussion and therefore will always prematurely check down. Fitz definitely smart but smarts cannot make up for his glaring lack of ability. BB was allegedly bounced from Packers because he was either too dumb or too lazy to learn the playbook.
I totally agree with his other points about the coaching and rooster turmoil and injuries but drawing a straight line from them to not taking a QB in the early rounds seems a stretch.
I believe that the better analysis is that Buddy and his cohorts are risk averse. Neither Jimmy nor Colt was mortal lock and therefore Buddy couldn’t stomach the risk. Praising his existing band of trio of sub standard NFL QBs is a diversion.