I feel it is my duty to write this memo concerning the alarming situation that faces us in the 2009 off-season. Looking around the league, I see many teams placing their hope in young stars at the quarterback position (Buffalo, Denver) and I see teams struggling with the busted hope of a former draft pick (Tennessee, Arizona). One thing is certain, that the league is facing a crisis at the quarterback position.
Never before did we envision Brian Griese, Jon Kitna, Gus Frerotte and J.T. O'Sullivan all starting without injuries. Tom Brady is on IR, Peyton Manning looks slow and inconsistent and Kurt Warner looks like our league MVP!
The state of the position is always bright on the college level, but we should all brace ourselves for a sad crop of senior quarterbacks entering the 2009 NFL Draft. Curtis Painter, Cullen Harper, Chase Daniel and Hunter Cantwell are your best bets; and among those is a system player, a heartbreaker, a midget and a project.
The focus of this memo is to strongly advise you all to play the young quarterbacks on your roster. Find reps for Drew Stanton in Detroit the minute your playoff dreams are gone, which is essentially now. Keep the ball in O'Sullivan's hands in San Francisco, lets see what the kid can do. In cities like Kansas City, fight the urge to turn the ball over to Damon Huard, sink or swim with Tyler Thigpen in 2008. The Cleveland Browns would do well to get Brady Quinn in the mix soon, too.
And if you are a GM looking to upgrade at quarterback after 2008, invest in scouting the pro side now. Find out all you can about Derek Anderson and JP Losman, they can be had for picks. Chad Pennington, Troy Smith and Kyle Boller are going to be on the market as well. And if you're really confident, take a swing at Matt Leinart.
P.S. Sam Bradford, Matt Stafford and Mark Sanchez. Millions of dollars are yours to be had April 2009. Finish what you must now at your universities. The NFL needs you.