With our playoff hopes dashed for the year and the exciting prospect of a very high draft pick, the talk here has centered around the draft, free agency and other possible off-season moves. That is a worthy topic and much insightful comments and posts have been and are being discussed.
For the moment however, let's talk about the rest of this season as I believe(ever so humbly, of course), that the last of our games this year are critical to how we start next year.
Firstly, with two, first round draft picks, one of them certain to be in the top 5, we don't need to play for picks. What we do need to do is play our hearts out and find ways to win. Get these young players the full NFL experience and polish them to as high a shine as possible. I don't expect many of you to disagree with that.......I have been known to be wrong sometimes, though (gasp!).
Sam Bradford will start next year. That will happen, no sense in discussing other options.
But what about his back up?
Again, ever so humbly, I don't see us making a serious playoff push next year, with Clemens at the helm. If Sam goes down again, Clemens would be good for a game or two, but not long term and into the post season.
Austin Davis intrigues me. Undrafted, he is apparently good enough to be a back up to a back up. He had a very solid college career, breaking quite a few of Brett Favre's school records. Anyone know who else went undrafted?
Arrogantly, I believe that Les Snead and Jeff Fisher know more about running a football squad than I. Not to mention all the other GMs, coaches and scouts who make a science of acquiring the proper talent. They do miss the occasional gem though. I am not saying that Austin Davis is the next Kurt Warner........but then, we don't know for sure that he isn't. His college performance would seem to warrant a chance.
He had a solid completion percentage (61.1), seems to have good legs as he rushed for a lot of yardage and most importantly in my book, stepped up big in big games.
Our season is bust. Let's at least put him in for a few quarters and see what he can do. Even if he only matches Clemens performance, then we have at least established where he might sit next year.