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My case for not taking a QB


A rather popular sentiment growing on this site is the idea of drafting another QB. This is due in large part to the struggles of EJ Manuel and what many see as a failure to progress this season. There are comments labeling him a bust and saying we need to burn a high draft pick on yet another QB. I'm not going to waste mine or your time trying to convince you that EJ isn't a bust. What I am going to do is lay out my position on why we should go into next season with the same set of QBs.

1. It's too soon: I don't know when this became a thing, but nowadays it seems many people are quick to fling the bust label around. In particular, we have people calling EJ a bust in his rookie season. I personally find it ridiculous but at the same time it doesn't surprise me. People have become spoiled by the number of QBs to come in their rookie season and play well. The mindset suddenly becomes hey if Matt Ryan can do that then why can't EJ? Well, my answer to this is an obvious one we all know. No two QB prospects are alike. The way it used to be was you gave players time to develop. You didn't dump a guy after his rookie season because he didn't perform to your standards. Look at players like CJ Spiller, Aaron Williams, and even Marcel Dareus. A LOT of Rumblers had these guys as busts and strongly advocated for cutting or trading them. Yeah, Spiller is a bit of a disappointment this year but we all know he has the potential to be a truly elite player.

2. Evaluation: I'm not just talking about EJ with this point. Thad Lewis showed some signs of potential during the games he started. He intrigues me. I think he has the upside to be a capable starter with the downside of being a solid backup QB. As for EJ, I want to see how he does his second season before making any QB acquisitions. I myself expect him to show signs of progress next season. Hopefully he does that and we can all stop worrying about him. The point is, he needs more reps to get better. Starter reps. I strongly believe we should open the season with him as our starter. If he does flop, then it should be Thad's time. Of course lets not forget about Kevin Kolb. If he can come back next season I'd like for him to stick around as an insurance policy in case (more like when) the injury bug decides to beat us down again.;

3. It would set us back. Yes, I said set us back. Say we do draft another rookie QB this offseason. No matter how good you think he is, he still has to learn the playbook. Then we have to worry about who gets what reps. Do we give them to the rookie or EJ? You only get to develop one QB at a time. Someone has to get the shaft in that scenario. Now you're probably thinking so what? Let's not forget the other implications this could have. Would you want to get drafted by a team that's going to drop you for the next shiny new toy? That's not a reputation you want to have. You also risk creating a divided locker room which is never good for any team. Also, we're sitting through a season watching a rookie's growing pains. Why would we want to do that again the very next season? There's no guarantee the next guy comes in and does better. I also think the team would be better served using our early picks on different positions like say the offensive line and linebacker.

Well, that's why I think we shouldn't take a QB in this year's draft. I'm sure a lot of you will disagree and that's fine. What are your thoughts on this?

Just another great fan opinion shared on the pages of BuffaloRumblings.com.

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