The idea of us picking Peterson and another QB has me thinking. I know you want to continue to debate who is better and who should be our starter, but this post is for me to ask one question: How good does our QB have to be, really? If we could trade the 1st pick for Clay Matthews and Aaron Rodgers, we'd do it, but we're probably not gonna get the guy who has the highest passer rating of all-time in the regular season and the playoffs. However, how would we fair with guys like Doug Williams, Trent Dilfer, and Brad Johnson?
I look at our roster and I see a team talented enough to win it all. Let me review for you: Gross, Wharton, Kalil, Otah, Shockey, Smith, Williams and Stewart on one side of the ball. Which teams have more talent than that? On the other side of the ball, we have CJ, Anderson, Beason, Gamble, Godfrey, Martin and TD. 15 out of 22 starters have either been to the pro bowl or have demonstrated the potential to be pro bowl starters. Not many teams have that level of talent. You could then add names like Hardy, Connor, Gettis and LaFell, and you see where this is going. When we lost the Superbowl, we actually had less talent on that team, and Jake's QB rating that year was 88. He completed less than 50% of his passes in the superbowl. When we went 12-4 a couple years ago, Jake's rating was 82 for the season. I want a franchise QB. We all do. But with the talent we have on this team, how good does the QB really have to be for us to win it all?
I think the answer to that question drives us to who we pick with the 1st pick. I think if we upgrade the OL, DL or secondary, we can win it all with Hasslebeck or Carson Palmer. I'd even give Dennis Dixon or Josh Johnson a shot, and certainly Kevin Kolb. I'd love to have Ryan Fitzpatrick if Buffalo wants to move up so they can have Newton or Gabbert. I think we have a lot of options available to us because we have a very talented football team. Not only that, but there seems to be several QBs who could be successful in the NFL who are not named Gabbert or Newton - Ponder, Locker, Mallett, Dalton, Kaepernick, Stanzi...and Tony Pike. Everyone says we need a franchise QB, and I agree. A franchise QB keeps you competitive for 10 years like the Colts. A solid overall team gets you a championship without a franchise QB like the Ravens and Bucs.