Originally Posted by Speedy
Easy to say now. The 1st pick in 2002 is the only one you can say for sure they would have had. From that point you don't know if they'd have the 3rd pick in '03, 10th in '04 and so on.
With a veteran QB, what if they win a couple more games in '02? 4 games they lost that season by 7 points or less. Then they're picking 6th, 7th in '03 and they don't even get AJ then.
I agree that Carr shouldn't have been the pick, but you can't go on to say "then they could have gotten AJ, then big Ben" and so on because you just don't know how it would have turned out.
Of course not. It's nothing but mental masturbation at best. Still, taking Carr was a huge mistake and if the win/loss record had not changed that would have been the obvious move (even without the benefit of hindsight where Rothlisberger is concerned).
If you don't take Carr and go with Banks but still win 4 games that's fine. You're an expansion team in your first year. The next year you obviously do what we did originally and grab AJ
By year 3 it's find a QB time most likely and Ben is perfect for a team with a less than stellar OL because he's so big and so good at shaking off would-be tacklers. What's really scary is if you follow this possible scenario up to this point and then don't get a shot at him your next QB off the board was Losman, then..... Matt Schaub.
But it's all just talk. Doesn't mean anything.