This is going to the last post I write for awhile that even mentions "Suck for Luck", "Whiffin' for Griffin", "Blown for Jones", or any other type of moniker that requests Miami lose for a certain player. The place is just inundated enough with that. The only thing left to talk about with Andrew Luck is what number he'd take because #12 is retired.
It only took two weeks for some people to jump on any of the above mentioned "Wagons" and maybe three or four weeks for others. Some people were hoping Miami would tank for any of them before the season even started. I'm not going to talk whether it's right or wrong we already know we'll never get a final answer to that question.
So now that many people are on those "Wagons," what would it take for them to jump back off and get back on the "Winning for the sake of winning" wagon?
Before I start, I am not interested in hearing "But this won't happen" or "The chances are extremely slight it would happen." That won't be the point of this post. My point is purely theoretical.
Let's say, again for theory's sake, that Matt Moore starts lighting it up, starting against a very good pass defense on Monday Night against the Jets. What if his stat line looks something like 28-39, 349 yards, 3 TDs, and 0 INTs? If Miami wins 31-28 during Moore's sudden uprising, would people start backing off the losing wagons and back Moore? If not then, how many performances would it take? Would you have to see three performances in a row to get behind Moore? Four? Five?
If he somehow turns the franchise around and we finish 7-9 or 8-8 (yes, I know people don't want that), would people go into the offseason thinking "You know what, I think we have our starter" or would you encourage Miami to still spend a first round pick on a QB, even if it meant trading up? Again, let's say Moore finishes that 7-9 or 8-8 and his stat line for the season looks something like 278-436 (64% completion), 3,488 yards (8.0 YPA), 20 TDs, 7 INTs and a QB Rating of 91.0. Is that enough to back off demands for a first round pick and back Moore? Is it simply too late and Moore can't do anything to persuade you from wishing Miami to tank for a top QB?
Once again, I'm not interested in any skeptics that say it won't happen because of Moore's previous attempts or how unlikely it is. Yes, it isn't likely to happen. I know that, but crazy stuff happens. Drew Brees wasn't expected to suddenly turn it around in SD and Tom Brady, a 6thround pick, wasn't expected to lead New England to a Super Bowl title after an 0-2 start. Kurt Warner wasn't expected to go from grocery bagger to NFL MVP and potential HoF QB
and Mark Sanchez wasn't expected to pose in tight white pants. There's a bunch of crazy stuff that happens in the NFL and I don't expect Moore to go off on a tear. So don't even start with the "It won't happen" or "We'll still suck" things and just think of how you'd respond to this theoretical ending instead of trying to pick it apart.