For Opening Day, enjoy this entertaining tale of inept QBing and gross front office incompetence:
The Jets, unfortunately, found themselves in the former group. As Sports Illustrated revealed, the Jets’ entire power structure wanted to work Hackenberg out, but only if they could be guaranteed absolute secrecy, so as not to muck up contract negotiations with Ryan Fitzpatrick. The plan hit a hitch when, after the workout, the group decided to get lunch with Hackenberg in public at a local State College brewery. Despite criticisms about Hackenberg’s inability to adjust under pressure, the quarterback managed to make small talk with offensive coordinator Chan Gailey about the Masters.
There was another dumb reason that the Jets drafted Hackenberg: According to the New York Daily News, general manager Mike Maccagnan got antsy when O’Brien’s Texans traded up to the 50th spot in the draft, one ahead of the Jets. He became worried that O’Brien had homed in on his former protégé. The Texans went on to take a center, not Hackenberg, but Maccagnan wouldn’t wait another minute to take his guy.
There was ample evidence that Hackenberg would become a horrendous NFL player, but the Jets took him because he was capable of shooting the shit about golf, and because they were briefly worried that another team would draft him and that worry somehow endured even when the other team didn’t draft him.
It’s like, how much more Jets could that be? The account of his preseason performances is amazing.
Without the golf small talk, the Josh Allen silliness this year is a fundamentally similar story — some people fall in love with his measurables, and refuse to fall out of love no matter how bad the actual performance got. Allen’s not that bad a prospect, but he’s also not “trade up to take with the #7 pick” quality either. Which is why the lucky duckies in Western New York will be treated to the Nathan Peterman Experience. (Let me lay down a marker that the ’18 Bills will have a have a worse DVOA than the ’17 Browns.)
Speaking of guys who are better at looking like NFL QBs than being NFL QBs, the Broncos finally waived Elway draft bust du jour Paxton Lynch, in favor of poor man’s Trevor Siemian Kevin Hogan. The next step is probably predictable:
McDermott the Bills certainly did their due diligence on Tuesday at the team’s facilities in Orchard Park. According to ESPN, the Bills had 11 free agent visits.In all their glory, here are all 11: DE Nate Orchard, DT Jay Bromley, DT
Christian Ringo, C Anthony Fabiano, G Landon Turner, OT Michael Dunn, WR Hunter Sharp, WR DeVier Posey, QB Josh Woodrum, QB Paxton Lynch, and WR Breshard Perriman.
As one wag remarked on Twitter, the rich get richer!