“You’ve Got To Take One”April 16th, 2014
Yes, we could all chuckle at Mike Holmgren giving advice on drafting a quarterback, but his message is what’s important and the common mindset it reveals. General managers and head coaches — and more importantly owners — know the great value of having a face-of-the-franchise quarterback.
Sadly, the Bucs don’t have one — like 14 other NFC teams do.
Holmgren chatted about finding a franchise QB with fight-instigating, barista-training, pedestrian-bumping, olive oil-lapping, popcorn-munching, coffee-slurping, fried-chicken-eating, oatmeal-loving, circle-jerking, beer-chugging, cricket-watching, scone-loathing, college football-naïve, baseball box score-reading Peter King, of Sports Illustrated and NBC Sports Fame, and explained that needy teams must strike and go all-in.
Mike Holmgren has been where so many coaches and team architects are, 23 mornings before the 2014 NFL Draft. He has been wondering where his starting quarterback would come from. So it seemed logical to ask him Monday: Approaching a draft in which every quarterback is a question mark and there are better players all over the board, what do you do if you really need a quarterback?
“You’ve got to take one,” Holmgren said Monday over lunch here, a few long spirals from the Seahawks’ training facility.
“You’ve got to, unfortunately.”
You can click through the first link above and read the entire commentary by Holmgren, who explained his decision to approve a trade for Brett Favre and to stick with Favre when he floundered early while Mark Brunell was the choice of others in his organization.
Not surprising in the piece, King references five teams that could benefit from Holmgren’s wisdom: “Words to the wise—for Houston, Jacksonville, Cleveland, Tampa Bay, Minnesota.”
Yes, Joe knows plenty of Bucs fans don’t feel the urge to draft a quarterback. But to them Joe asks, “What are you waiting for? Another 4-12 season and better drafting position?”