(WECK 1230) — I had a revelation this morning about “Fitzmagic.” As many of you know, I want Ryan Fitzpatrick to play better and better and better (So do Bills fans, I assume). With his smarts, humility and beard, if he could develop into an actual franchise quarterback it would clearly be a delicious casserole with an extra side of awesome sauce.
A lot of Bills fan live on the other side of the line, at least to a degree. Every time Fitz does better, it detracts from the idea that the Bills could draft a new college stud that could be world class — or awful, but that’s another story for another day.
tHere’s a simple question to help you you decide how you feel about Fitz:
If the draft was today, the Bills would select No. 5 overall. Would you trade Fitzpatrick and the No. 5 pick to Carolina for Andrew Luck?
Forget if Carolina would do it, or what minor peripheral sacrifices it would take (swap of second-round picks, a third-round pick, etc.). Would you do it?
Take it further, to eliminate annoying digressions, feel free to substitute Cam Newton of Auburn and the ability to deal Fitz and No. 5 to move up and select him. Would you do it?
My gut feeling is, “No, I wouldn’t,” but I’ll listen to all sides, especially when you start asking, “Would other teams do it?” In today’s NFL, would any team give up a guaranteed decent player and a Top Five pick for the potential for greatness?
Would the Pats trade both of their No. 1s for the Andrew Luck pick? Would Belichick trade Brady for the pick? Both of those are better than what the Bills can offer, but would you be absolutely stunned if he did either?
So here’s the thing: Yes, the long-term future matters, but doesn’t the short-term? I bet there’s a large faction of Bills fans who want Fitz to start until Rookie Option A is ready to take the reigns, but Buffalo may be better off with Fitz and the Nos. 5, 37 and 59 picks going LB, OL and DL in any order.
In essence, trading for Luck would be most likely trading next year. Are you willing to almost guarantee no playoffs for a 12th season? History shows us that almost every rookie quarterback won’t have a better season than Fitz had this year. Vote in the poll to the right.
There are a ton of facets to this I’ll save for the air tonight, including what labor means to the pick. We’ll talk about it with a guest from Carolina and some others. “The Late Nick Mendola” program airs from 7-10 p.m. EST on WECK1230.com, and featured a great local guest at 8 p.m. for Craft Beer Talk, as Flying Bison Brewing Company’s own Tim Herzog hits our studio to chat up and offering tastings for three of his local brews. It’s going to be fun.
Either way, we can at least pump another listen of our unofficial “Fitzmagic” song through your speakers.