Thursday, March 31, 2011

Spitblood Psychic: The Future of Rooster.

Tommy from Quinzee is fired up about the prospect of a red headed QB in Foxborough.
Cause he's racist.

As the most beloved and ballyhooed prospect to come out of TCU since LaDainian Tomlinson, we all have a heightened sense of interest where Red will end up playing football professionally. So rather than make you all dig through the muck and mire that are sports related internet rumors, we will compile them all here, team by team, as they come along. For the sake of brevity, we will only feature team's that have scheduled an interview or workout with Andy, look at their current QB situation and draft picks and make one of our patented hasty assessments from there. We will also give more credence to team's with picks in the 2-4 rounds (amendment: 1-3 rounds, because that's looking more and more likely) because we're optimistic and can't see Dalton lasting beyond there.

Today we'll take a look at another potential landing spot that will have Bill Simmons frantically searching for ways to compare the pick to Shawkshank Redemption, the New England Patriots.

QBs Currently on Roster: Tom Brady, Jonathan Crompton, Brian Hoyer.

Draft Picks: Round 1 (17, 28); Round 2 (1, 28); Round 3 (10, 28).

Why Rooster Fits: I suppose the "fit" here depends on what you expect from Dalton in year one. But unlike other situations where the team in question has an established starter for Dalton to play behind, the Patriots have a first ballot Hall of Famer who will be throwing passes for the next 5-7 years at least. In other words, if Dalton winds up in Massachusetts, he'll likely never see the football field unless Brady suffers another season ending injury. However, if you look at that depth chart which features a player that Spencer Hall and Co. over at EDSBS have lovingly dubbed a catfish as well as something called a "Brian Hoyer," it's clear that New England needs a competent backup in the worst way. And while you might not think Dalton sitting behind Tom Brady would be good for his career, I suppose you should check out exhibit A Matt Cassell in Kansas City who parlayed one season filling in for Brady into a multi-year deal. Clearly Belichik and his staff know a talent when they see it, and if they are to choose Dalton it is with the assumption that he could fill in for Brady in a tight spot. The fact that they've scheduled a workout with him shows that there is genuine interest.

Perhaps the biggest reason New England fits for Andy are the numbers - 6 draft picks in the first 3 rounds. They have some offensive line questions to shore up, and they're silly if they think they can ride Danny Woodhead and BenJarvus Green-Ellis to success two years in a row so that will have to be addressed, but if there's any team who can take a flier on a backup QB as early in the game as Dalton should go, it's New England. I can't see them taking him with either of their first round picks, but as they hold the all important #1 pick in the second round which allows them to sit on their selection for nearly 24 hours, if Andy is still on the board, that could be a prime landing spot. And if he's still there at the 28th? You can probably mark it down.
Why Rooster Doesn't Fit: Brady, Brady and Brady. He's the most worshipped QB in the league not named Manning, and he's more accomplished. He basically has a lifetime pass under center in New England and I can't see any situation where he doesn't stick around into his late 30s. Of course you can point to the aforementioned lost season where Matt Cassell cut his teeth, but even if that happened I'm not sure Dalton would immediately beat out a QB who has been in the organization for multiple years like Hoyer. Personally, I don't think New England takes Dalton with the #1 pick in the 2nd round, and I don't think he'll be there when they pick again. With all the money they owe to Mr. Gisele, I'm not sure they pay high round money to a guy they hope will never see the field. And as far as the whole, "Well, there are worse things than learning behind Tom Brady" argument? Well, for those of you who follow the NFL blogosphere at all, Brady has pretty much distanced himself from that team in all but the most necessary of situations. He spends most of his time in California with his current wife and child as well as his bastardized spawn. That's what happens when you knock up a bertch then leave her for an upgrade. So, in other words, I can't see Tom Terrific sticking around in the off season or after practice helping Andy acclimate himself to the game.

I think this basically comes down to whether or not you think Rooster is destined to be a multi-year NFL starter at some point, or just a journeyman backup. Admittedly, there ARE worse places for Andy to learn the game, but knowing you're in a situation where there's a not-so-glass ceiling isn't good for anyone's development. Getting drafted is always better than not getting drafted, but if Andy had his choice of job, I don't think the Patriots would be at the top of his list.

Who's next to duck a trip to Fort Worth?

During this offseason, Texas Tech and Boise State were both able to weasel their way out of having to come to Fort Worth this fall. This comes after series that are slated to include games in Fort Worth against Arkansas and Navy being pushed back, teams like Texas and Clemson choosing to only play the Frogs on their own home fields and Wisconsin joining the long line of teams who have chosen to not play the Frogs at all if TCU dared to ask for a home game in the agreement.

I'm not necessarily claiming that any of those programs are afraid to come play TCU in Fort Worth (ok, not all of them at least), but the consistency with which marquee teams stay away from Funkytown does start to make you wonder, doesn't it?

When any TCU looks at the future schedules on, it's pretty easy to get excited about the upcoming non-conference games that are on the docket. OU, LSU and Arkansas all coming to Amon G. Carter in the coming years are dates that are sure to be circled in bright red ink on calendars in every Frog fan home.

But TCU is not on Oklahoma's 2012 schedule according to their official site. And where are the Frogs on the 2014 schedule that LSU lists on their official site? Again, not there. This could be an oversight, as TCU's own future schedules have been updated slowly on in the past. But as a fanbase that's seen team after team after team avoid a trip to play our team in our stadium, don't you have to look at this skeptically? I couldn't find Arkansas' future schedules on their official site, but if someone does it wouldn't surprise me if at trip to play at TCU were nowhere to be found on it.

Again, to any OU or LSU fans that stumble upon this post- I'm not calling your team out for being scared to play the Frogs in Fort Worth. But what gives? And to the TCU fans reading this...which of the future games scheduled for our renovated stadium do you think will actually end up taking place?

Couple other Tidbits

Bruce Feldman over at ESPN wrote an article yesterday ranking the fastest players in college football. TCU's own Skye Dawson checked in on the list at #6. I'm sure alot of people feel the same why I do when I say that I want to see the ball in Skye Dawson's hands a lot more than last season. Yeah, he's tiny, I get it, but if Fuenderson can figure out a way to get the ball to Skye more often, I think we will see alot of long plays from this guy. Basically he can flat out fly and if he can break some tackles, defenders won't have any chance catching up to him. It's an insider article so here is the excerpt on Dawson:

6. Skye Dawson, WR, TCU Horned Frogs

An unheralded football recruit, Dawson came to TCU with big-time track credentials. He won the Texas Relays 100-meter dash with a time of 10.43, and went on to win the state title in the 100, 4x100 and long jump. The 5-foot-10, 175-pounder sparked the Horned Frogs relay team in the 4x100 that ranked in the top five in the NCAA for the majority of the outdoor season. In addition, he won the 60-meter title at the 2010 MWC Indoor Championships.

And on another note, did anyone else catch Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel last night? If not, I definitely suggest recording it the next time it's on and watching the whole thing. Alot of accusations being pointed all over the place that left me with one question: How in the HELL does Auburn still have a football team on the field?

Morning Dump

TCU falters again to lose by one run

Stephen F Austin hands TCU 4-3 lose

Athletic Department:

Notes on a scorecard

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