As I indicated last week, I am answering questions along with other bloggers for the Church of Schwartz website. Here is this week's questions, with my answers in italics as I sent them:
Here's this weeks questions:
1. Give me your QB depth chart to start the season.
It is still too early by far to tell. As of right now, I would say Culpepper, Stanton, Draft Pick. But it all depends on where they take a QB in this draft. Unlike many, I am not convinced that they take a QB this year. My gut says that they sign a young veteran like Simms, let them all compete and that Daunte -- depending on who they sign and how camp goes, could end up anywhere from the starter to not even on the roster. The position is in a big state of flux, and I don't see it clearing up anytime soon. I don't think this is really what Schwartz, Mayhew or Lewand would prefer -- but they are working within the hand they were dealt, and can only upgrade from the cards available. I'm not sold on Stafford at all, and although they may go that way in the draft due to cap reasons (see www.thenetrat.com for cap info, and more on this topic of first pick economics) I don't have to like it. Ideally, I see them signing an additional QB this ifseason, and then letting all 3 battle it out -- in part to see how Stanton is progressing before moving on.
2. Can Daunte Culpepper still be an effective NFL starter with the right coaching?
Yes. He wasn't healthy in Miami -- rushed back way too soon with the brace on his knee. In Oakland, it was Oakland. Kerry Collins looked like crap there, but had done very well in Tennessee. He also wasn't exactly getting top flight coaching. Linehan coached Daunte through his best seasons, and Daunte took a beating after Linehan left. I think IF he works his weight down, and gets motivated and into the ifseason workouts, then yes, he can still be an effective starter. But he needs strict coaching, and to stay focused. I think but the big question that will remain unanswered for now is not CAN he, but WILL he?
3. If you could acquire Jay Cutler straight up for the 1st overall pick, would you do it?
Right Now. Proven commodity versus unknown, and you could sign him to a rich long-term QB deal and still come out better than it costs for the #1 overall pick. I don't think it will happen, even though Denver did sign Chris Simms, and I think McDaniels would prefer him. For some reason, I get the impression McDaniels doesn't want Cutler as his QB. I would even offer the Roy Picks for him -- #20 and the 3b pick. Heck, I would even go as high as #1 overall and 3a. The Lions have a lot of holes, but using those two picks to get a proven, franchise QB?-- and still having #20, #33 and 3b. -- to fill Oline and defensive needs? In a heartbeat. Where do I sign?
As last week, all responses will be at ChurchofSchwartz.com.