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Fools Gold: Draft Tannenhill at all Costs


This reminds me of going to Las Vegas and putting your chips all in and expecting to win because two other tables in the same room won the jackpot and there must be a third. I cannot believe the amount of praise and how much Tannenhill's stock has risen since his pro day. Now you have Jim Irsay and Bill Pollian both saying that whoever wants Tannenhill better trade with Minnesota for the third pick of the draft. This is absolutely nuts and IMO, whoever does this will be a fool.

Think about a guy like David Carr. The Texans drafted him first overall and were never able to get him an O-Line and as a result he became shell shocked. Carr had all of the tools and had more QB experience than Tannenhill in college. A question that I have not heard answered is why didn't Tannenhill become the starter at the beginning of his junior year? He did not win the position during spring practice. He became the starter mid-way that season.

Secondly, I have confidence that Philbin/Sherman can teach the kid the nuances of playing QB in the NFL. The best thing that could happen for Tannenhill would be to sit on the bench for a year or two and learn. The real question is how much do we have to give up to get him and how patient is ownership going to be in letting him sit on the bench when the team is not winning games. Rodgers worked out so well in Green Bay because they had Favre and were in no hurry to move him to number one until he was ready. If Tannenhill gets picked in the top ten, then I seriously doubt Ross will give the HC/FO that kind of flexibility. Remember Ross's comment that he thought Henne had a chance to be the best QB in franchise history.

This team has a lot of holes that have to be fixed before we are going to be a consistent playoff team. If we end up trading 3 picks for this guy, then we have made a couple of mistakes. One we drafted a player who is definitely not worthy of the 8th much less than 3rd pick in the draft. Regardless we have no guarantee that he will become a franchise QB. As a result, we could have added a better player to our team and now we would lose two more players.

I say let KC or Seattle or some other organization move up for Tannenhill. Another example of what I am referring to is the Jets. Look at Mark Sanchez and how he has progressed. He did not lead his team to the AFC Championship, the rest of the team did and he was along for the ride.

In closing, I sure hope that our FO does not allow a frenzied hyped-up player ruin this franchise. Frankly, I feel sorry for Tannenhill because unless he becomes a consensus All Pro, his career will not be looked upon well.

This is a FanPost and does not necessarily reflect the views of The Phinsider's writers or editors. It does reflect the views of this particular fan though, which is as important as the views of The Phinsider writers or editors.

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