Friends, I see in your eyes the same fear that would take the heart of me. The day may come where the courage of men fails; where we forsake our bonds of fellowship, but it is not this day. An hour of wolves and shattered shields, when the age of Mike Munchak comes crashing down, but it is not this day. I bid you, stand, sons and daughters of the flaming thumbtack!
Don't give in! Avoid temptation! Say no to a new quarterback in 2011!
As of June 14th, 2011, our realistic options stand as Rusty Smith, the dinosaurian underdog, Kerry Collins, the the grizzled veteran, (the redundancy of that statement always makes me giggle audibly) and the messiah, Jake Locker. One brings intangibl-*BEEPBEEPBEEPBEEP*
Woops, there goes the B.S. alarm. If I were in the business of exaggeration and/or otherwise misleading folks with no interest in factual accuracy, I might actually consider running that crap out there whenever someone offers up signing Collins. There are certainly reasons to re-sign him, his intangibles isn't one of them.
Back to business, one offers a veteran presence, one offers hope for the future and most likely walks on water, and the other would be a trailblazer in becoming the first velociraptor to start and win a game at QB in the NFL. Wouldn't that be something?
On a serious note, this is a team that is rebuilding at the moment. To go out and sign a quarterback like McNabb or Hasselbeck (which is becoming more unlikely by the day) would be taking money away from future draft picks or free agents. Please, none of the "we don't sign free agents, Bud Adams is a cheap, penny-pinching jerk!!!" We sign free agents, we just don't sign the right free agents. I find it hard to believe that if Bud Adams found the right man to fill in at a given position in free agency, he'd pull the trigger, but right now, it's just not something we need to be focusing on.
What I'm trying to say is that as long as we're going to be bad, I don't want to half-ass this. Don't piss on my shoes and tell me it's raining, let's just take our lumps and weather the storm with Rusty Smith for eight games or so and get our golden boy in there when we think he's ready. Worst comes to worst, we end up having a terrible season and end up with a killer draft pick in which we snag a BPE and load up for a post season run in 2012 or 2013. We must be persistent; like a cat eating a grindstone. However, also much like a cat eating a grindstone, this process is going to be a slow and painful process.
All of this also kind of goes under the assumption that any of the free agent QBs or QBs up for trade are even worth our time. Does Donovan McNabb fit into the long-term plan? Does Matt Hasselbeck? Don't even get me started with Kevin Kolb. The only reasons I bring Kerry in here over them are because he knows the system and coaching staff just as well and in most cases, better than the rest of the crop, he'll come cheap, and there would be no transition time or lofty expectations that would inevitably come with a new quarterback. Even if the other three didn't demand long-term deals, I'd still back Collins in this one as they'd undoubtedly require more money to sign. I don't want one year rentals, but if we must have one, bring me the disheveled but loyal Kerry Collins.
Look, I hated watching him play as much as you did last year, but if I absolutely have to have someone other than Rusty or Locker start in week one, I'm going with Collins. Unfortunately, we're going to have a very bad football team this year. I know it, you know it, gramsey knows it, we all know it. Is it really worth getting that extra win or two?
Titans fans, someday will come. We'll be at the top one day, hoisting the
Lombardi Munchak trophy high into the air and howling with delight as we celebrate the team's eighth straight Super Bowl win, and when that day comes, I hope that for some reason, you remember the day we didn't sign an over the hill, overpriced veteran and kept it local.