On Friday afternoon, Buffalo GM Buddy Nix and Tampa Bay GM Mark Dominik shot the shit for about six minutes. They talked about their impending free agents, their frustration with a new three-day negotiating window, and the major handicap of not having a franchise quarterback. They had no idea that a pair of pranksters had set the whole chat up, or that those pranksters were still on the line, listening in…
...The two acknowledge how many problems can be solved just by having a dependable QB. “If you get one, everything’s easy,” Nix says. As director of player personnel for the Chargers, he recalls having Drew Brees and Philip Rivers. In the draft, you can “take the best on the board. Don’t worry about it.“Dominik recalls telling Colts GM Ryan Grigson, “Look, you got the best gig in the National Football League. I mean, you got a quarterback the first pick, you’re a genius for 10 years now.”
Forget for a moment the fact that this call was set up by pranksters. Focus on what's important: the QB discussion.
In today's NFL, quarterbacks make or break an entire organization. For all of the mental masturbation we go through during free agency and the draft, the undeniable truth is that the Broncos have Peyton Manning. As Nix states, everything else is pretty damn easy.
Which, of course, makes it much harder for everyone else.