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Bickel’s Blog: Glad We Have OUR Quarterback

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It’s been fascinating watching teams scramble the last week or so trying to wine and dine an old banged up Peyton Manning. Granted he’s a guaranteed first ballot hall of famer and I definitely lobbied for the Redskins to go after him. Let’s be honest even a diminished Peyton Manning makes your football team better. But wow, I’m so happy the Redskins are penciling in Robert Griffin III for the next ten years.
What a relief to not be searching for a franchise quarterback and grasping at somebody else’s leftovers.

Can we also please stop with the stupid speculation that the Colts are going to screw the Redskins and take RG3? That’s impossible. It’s a win win. First of all Andrew Luck is the most ballyhooed quarterback to come out of the draft since…well Peyton Manning. Jim Irsay is taking Andrew Luck. That hay is already in the barn. End of story.

What if he flip flops at the last moment and takes Griffin? Awesome.

We’ll take Andrew Luck then. Both players are potential elite quarterbacks that should play and star for a decade plus. The Redskins gave up a ton but they did it for this exact reason. They can’t get screwed. They’re getting their quarterback.

It’s about to get real exciting and fun on Sundays again here in Washington even if they lose at first. Hopefully they’ve solved the most important position on the football field for the first time since Sonny Jurgenson was under center. What a great time to be a fan of the Washington Redskins.

But just imagine if you were a fan of the Miami Dolphins like our friend Britt McHenry of Channel 7. You can’t land Peyton even though he owns an off season home in Miami. Everybody’s plan B Matt Flynn ends up in Seattle. And now you’re left with David Garrard & Matt Moore?
It’s gonna be a long year for you Brit. I feel your pain.

Cleveland Browns fans have to feel like they’re treading water.

Everybody agreed that they had the most ammunition to pull off a deal with St. Louis for the number two pick and the right to select RG3. In fact they claim they made the exact same offer the Redskins did but ended up on the wrong side of it because of Mike Shanahan’s relationship with Jeff Fisher. Sure they get to keep their draft picks but they also get to keep Colt McCoy.

Arizona was desperate to get out from underneath that $65 million deal they gave Kevin Kolb. They were thought by many to be the favorite to land Peyton with Larry Fitzgerald, their previous success with Kurt Warner and that warm weather. Instead they had to give Kolb his $7 million dollar roster bonus and now watch him battle John Skelton for the starting job.

Kansas City has a new coach in Romeo Crennel and desperately needs to find their quarterback. Many thought they had a good case to present to Peyton. They never seemed to be truly in the running and are now left with Matt Cassel again after Kyle Orton left them to be a backup in Dallas.

Even San Francisco who went to the NFC Championship game and had a miraculous season aren’t thrilled with their quarterback situation.
Despite Alex Smith leading them to a 13-3 record most don’t think they can duplicate that success with him at the helm. Sure they’re a very good football team. Their defense is amazing. But even they were chasing after that elusive franchise quarterback this week.

The Rams are praying Sam Bradford works out. The Vikings are banking on Christian Ponder. Everybody assumes the Jaguars are so desperate at QB that they’d seriously consider giving up on Blaine Gabbert already and go after Tim Tebow just to sell tickets.

Sure the Ravens are sticking with Joe Flacco and the Jets resigned Mark Sanchez. The Eagles are stuck with Michael Vick and the Texans are happy enough with Matt Schaub. Philip Rivers needs to have a bounce back year in San Diego. I guarantee the Raiders regret their big trade for Carson Palmer. Do you think the Cowboys are in LOVE with with Tony Romo at this point?

The truth is the number of teams that are truly thrilled with their quarterback situation is actually a pretty modest number. I’d say the Saints, Patriots, Packers, Steelers,Giants, Panthers and Lions never even considered signing Peyton Manning and are delighted with their franchise quarterbacks.

Now you can add the Denver Broncos with Peyton Manning, The Colts with Andrew Luck and the Redskins with RG3 to that list.

It’s nice to be in the thrilled and delighted column at quarterback for once isn’t it?

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