In the NFL they seem to give $100 million dollar contracts to anyone who has a good season. These contracts should be reserved for players that are Quarterbacks only. Mainly because they impact the game in ways far greater than any other position on the field.
JJ Watt is having a Defensive Player of the Year season, but look at the records for the Texans. Trade Watt and Andrew Luck and see which team goes to the playoffs. Luck has a bad roster around him. B- receivers, C running game, worst offensive line in the league and an OK defense at best…..playoff team.
The Texans have a Pro Bowl wide out in Andre Johnson, Pro Bowl running back in Arian Foster, a bevy of pretty good defensive players….they won’t make the playoffs. There is a huge drop off from Watt and the next best defensive player. Watt is a huge contributor on defense, but this is a quarterback dominated league and without a good one, let alone a decent one, you can’t make the playoffs.
Now the biggest problem teams have is in the rebuilding phase. The average fan can see a quarterbacks ceiling. Andy Dalton is average, at best, but still got a $100+ million dollar contract. Is he deserving of that contract…..#$#% NO!
BUT you gotta look at it like this. Do you start over OR try to build around him and hope he doesn’t #$#% up. So the Bengals were trapped in a situation of “pay the man” or “start over”. And the Bengals are just good enough to screw themselves out of a good quarterback draft pick.
Unless you have an impact guy…..then move the #@$% on. That simple. Now not to discredit Watt, he is a hell of a player, but a defensive player isn’t going to get the Texans into the playoffs.
You don’t need a max guy to win it all. That’s one of the main problems with professional sports today. Teams and fans think you need max contract guy to win it all. In salary cap leagues, you cannot….CAN-@$%#ING NOT overpay for a guy who won’t win it all for you.
Dez Bryant wants a big payoff this upcoming off season. Would you sink $80 million into a guy who can’t impact that game unless the quarterback is giving him the ball? Larry Fitzgerald screwed himself with a $100 million dollar 7 year contract.
The Texans are one quarterback with an above average IQ and arm away from making it to the Super Bowl. Watt is playing his absolute hardest and they are just barely surviving in this league. Without him nobody cares about the Texans, but with him they are less than nothing. They are nothing now, but would be less than nothing if they lost Watt.
Smart players take less to build around themselves and their team. Salary cap leagues are meant for teams to go 8-8. Same money to spread around, better draft picks to losing teams are two key reasons.
Texans need a quarterback, plain and simple. They don’t need a $100 million dollar defensive end who you can double team and add some extra blockers to deter him who most importantly take a big chunk out of the salary cap.