Friday, September 29, 2006

The Best Argument for the Quality of Your Team's QB? Draft Position.

Bill Simmons is not having one of his better weeks of material. His ESPN the Magazine article is just a compressed version of his mailbag, which is usually pretty funny. This mailbag is boooooring. It's like he used the best questions in his last mailbag and saved the leftovers for the magazine article. It's strange.

Wednesday brought a marathon chat session on ESPN, and again, it was boring. Mind-numbing, really. It felt like a mailed-in effort.

Today's article has its moments, but still feels like there wasn't much effort. I can't put my finger on it, but if you read it, I think you'll agree.

What I'd like to point out is this little gem regarding the Chargers from today's article:

"Every team has at least one serious flaw, but everyone wrote off the Bolts because of the "downgrade" at QB to Philip Rivers. You would have thought they were replacing Brees with Bruce Gradkowski's illegitimate brother, Cliff. Rivers was the No. 4 pick in the 2004 draft, remember? The next seven picks were Sean Taylor, Kellen Winslow Jr., Roy Williams, D'Angelo Hall, Reggie Williams, Dunta Robinson, Ben Roethlisberger and Jonathan Vilma. He's no stiff."

So Rivers should be considered a solid QB because he was the 4th pick in the draft? I hate to point out the obvious fallacy with this argument, but I will. If we used this logic, then the following quarterbacks were great, right?

(overall pick in parentheses)

Tim Couch (1), Rick Mirer (2), Ryan Leaf (2), Akili Smith (3), Heath Shuler (3)... need I say more?

Bill, just an FYI, you can make your arguments much better sometimes. This was weak. And using Madden examples to back up your (real) NFL opinions isn't any better. Madden, while a very good simulation, is not the NFL.


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