Ok so there has been a lot of talk of late about how Fitz is not the answer for this team, and that got me to thinking, and looking at alternatives. For this post I seperated all the QB's into four catagories. Franchize QB's, The next ten, the young guns, and whats left.
The next ten actualy look a little better. This group includes Vick, Romo,Stafford, Bradford, Rivers, Palmer, Cutler, Ryan, Flaco, and Schaub. There record is 34/22 for a not to shabby 60.7% win rate. The group has the last four on the list to thank for that though as they have a combined 20/3 record, without there help the rest of the group looks pretty middle of the road. Of this group only Vick and Palmer hit the market in the last three years. Buffalo was rumored to have been interested in Vick, but I am glad we stayed away. We never were in the hunt for Palmer and that is a good thing also.
The next group I looked at was the young guns. There are 13 that I will mention, but only ten are starting QB's at this time. This group inclueds Luck, Locker, Gabbert, RG3, Ponder, Newton, Wilson, Tannehill, Dalton, and Weeden. They have a combined record of 23/32 for a win rate of 41.8%. Nix lost a lot of respect from some rumblers for not taking Tebow, Clausen, and McCoy, but none of them are starters at this time so I think he did the right thing at the time. Locker, Gabbert, Ponder, Wilson, Dalton, and Weeden were all available to Nix as well at some point or another, but Nix passed on them. It is possible that he could have had some of them targeted in later rounds, but in today's NFL you get them early or you dont get them. It is still to early to pass judgment fully, but it looks like Ponder, Wilson and Dalton are the three that IMO could end up being realy good. Of the QB's that Nix had an oppurtunity to pick thier record is 14/19 for a respectable 42.4%.
The last group is what is left and it is not much. A. Smith, Kolb, Freeman, Cassel, and Sanchez make up this group, and thier combined record is 14/15 for 48.3% win rate. Kolb, and Smith are the cream of the crop of this group and they both have good defenses to back them up. Kolb did hit the market since Nix has been here but I dont recall any interest for him.
So in conclusion, Nix could have gone with one of the available young guns (42.4%) combined, or he could have made a big FA move and picked up an available QB (47.8%) combined, or he could stay with Fitz (50%). I know this is just a snap shot and these numbers are likely to change, but so are our numbers by seasons end. IMO nothing has changed, Fitz is not the long term answer, but I am really amazed at how bad some of the other big name QB's are doing as well. Fitz has his problems, but I am willing to be patient and lets see how this year pans out before we throw him under the bus.