Chucky’s Short List: Carr, Murray, McCarronApril 28th, 2014
Lovie Smith isn’t the only guy who knows how to march into the playoffs with a subpar quarterback and a second-rate offense. On the backs of the No. 1 ranked defense in the NFL, Chucky and his 2005 Buccaneers won the NFC South with an 11-5 record.
Sadly, Tampa Bay and Chris Simms were exposed quickly in the playoffs on a cold January day in Tampa.
Count Joe among Bucs fans who don’t want to see a talent-challenged young quarterback and/or a journeyman veteran leading the offense, like Simms and Brian Griese did in 2005. Joe wants a quarterback who could one day be elite.
Nowadays, of course, Chucky studies all things quarterbacks, and he’s determined Derek Carr, Aaron Murray are his top QBs in the 2014 NFL Draft, and A.J. McCarron belongs in the mix.
Chucky explained on SiriusXM NFL Radio last week, and Joe will summarize: Carr’s arm is out of this world. Murray executed all kinds of difficult plays and throws — out of the huddle — through four seasons at Georgia. And McCarron was a master of his system.
You can listen to the full Chucky audio below. Chucky’s loving analysis of Johnny Football, which Joe shared earlier today, comes after discussion of Carr, Murray and McCarron. Chucky views Jimmy Garoppolo as more of a project quarterback because the wildly up tempo Eastern Illinois system stunted his development, per Chucky.
As Joe’s written previously, and many months ago, Joe’s a big fan of Murray and he’s likely a great value in the fourth round coming off knee surgery. However, Joe is still all-in with Johnny Football and Teddy Bridgewater as his first-round choices.