Note: At the behest of several listeners saying they’d like the show to be shorter, we have decided to cut the show into three separate weekly podcasts. This is the first one of those, and our interview with Matt Waldman will be coming out in two parts next week.
This is Episode 5-1 of the Three-Cone Drill podcast.
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00:35-27:55 — Mailbag segment: Would the NFL be helped by the college review system? Really, why Josh McCown? What teams do Rivers and Danny care about in other sports?
27:55-end — Why are teams so reluctant to pull the trigger on first-round quarterbacks lately?
–Aren’t the negligible salary costs giving you even more of a reason to draft a quarterback early when compared to, say, giving Alex Smith a boatload of money?
–Does the fact that the draft cycle seems to begin so much earlier in the media nowadays means every high-profile player’s flaws are picked apart more?
–So, let’s say Teddy Bridgewater is the next Matt Schaub, rather than a true franchise quarterback. Isn’t that a much better use of a draft pick than most other players on the board? Isn’t a cheap Matt Schaub almost a top-30 asset in the entire NFL?
–Then, given the bargain rate at which quarterbacks seem to be falling in the first round (Manziel, Bridgewater, Geno Smith, EJ Manuel for a failing example), why would you go into a season with a placeholder type quarterback all on his own? What incentive is there to possibly ignore the position?
— Your worst-case scenario is EJ Manuel. He’s gone and buried at this point, two years later. The Bills can find a new quarterback to replace him fairly soon. Why is everyone afraid of this outcome? Shouldn’t teams be speeding up their evaluation process on these investments given they no longer have massive disincentives to cut them?
Musical credits: Battling Organs, Curious
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