Keeping Kerry Collins Makes No Sense

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LET ME GET this straight: Next month, the Raiders must decide whether to give Kerry Collins $2.5 million just for the privilege of renegotiating his contract?
Give me a minute ... OK, that's enough time.

No. Flat-out no chance.

Are you kidding me?

Art Shell claims: "Kerry Collins has been an outstanding quarterback."

That's hard to dispute, especially when you put "has-been" in the same sentence as "Kerry Collins." He did, after all, lead Penn State to an unbeaten season and Rose Bowl win over Oregon in 1995.

Clearly, Shell wasn't talking about 2005. And if he was, the Raiders can't hire an offensive coordinator soon enough.

Shell went on to say: "(Collins) is excited about moving forward next year."

OK, that proves it. Shell must have spent last year in a shell because that's the problem with Collins — he cannot move forward. Or sideways. He can only move backward — seven steps after each snap — to a spot at which every defender knows when and where he'll be.

Al Davis notes the Raiders' offensive line slipped last season. Ha. You try protecting a million-dollar statue.

And the Raiders had no running game? Well, duh. That's what happens when Collins is your quarterback. His presence doesn't exactly command "nickel" or "dime" coverage.

Speaking of nickels and dimes, I wouldn't give either to have Collins back in 2006. Pay him $2.5 million just for the right to pay him more? The Raiders should seriously consider showering another team with that kind of cash to entice it to take him off their hands.

I say point him toward someone on the Raiders' schedule. That'll assure at least one win.

Hey, it worked for the Giants last season.

DATELINE: The meat market. So then who would quarterback the Raiders in 2006? The options aren't nearly as bleak as some have suggested.

I've never seen a greater state of unrest at the position leaguewide.

Half the NFL's starters got hurt last season, which gave backups valuable experience and, in some cases, has created a controversy over who should get the job this year.

A handful of proven guys — Daunte Culpepper, Air McNair, Aaron Brooks, Chad Pennington and Brian Griese — are or could be available.

And with three collegiate standouts expected to go in the Top 10 of the draft, that's three more reasons for clubs to consider relocating their incumbent.

Every one of those scenarios could be the Raiders' ticket to a better man than Collins. And here's one more ...

The Steelers' star quarterback from the Super Bowl is a free agent.

Hey, I'd rather have Antwaan Randle El than Collins at this point.

DATELINE: On thin ice. Considering that every rival network is hell-bent on destroying NBC's numbers, I'm impressed with NBC's ratings for the Winter Olympics.

We're not talking about top-of-the-charts stuff, but when more Bay Area viewers are watching snowboarding and curling than your average Raiders game, I'm not sure why so many people are laughing at NBC's result.

Think about it: Would you watch the Raiders on nine-hour delay, already knowing the final score, with your favorite non-sports show on at the same time? Nearly a million people in the Bay Area are doing that each night of the Olympics.

There's such an effort to sabotage NBC's numbers by reporting every Olympic score and details of each marquee event, I'm surprised Dick Ebersol hasn't counterattacked.

Here, I've penned Bob Costas' show-opening script next Thursday:

"Tonight ... the finals in curling. Hey, it beats what they have over at CBS, where tonight the Australian woman with the tattoo gets voted off the island on "Survivor." And on "CSI," the nanny did it.


You make the call: Give Kerry Collins his $2.5 million contract bonus or cut him loose?

http://www.insidebayarea.com/davedelgrande/ci_3523096
 
And it makes less sense to let him go and be in a true "rebuilding" mode based on how this team is being built., i.e. built with vets like Moss, Sapp, Washington etc...a team that is basically built to win now!

A rookie at QB seems fun right now but it won't about 6 games into the season.
 
CrossBones said:
And it makes less sense to let him go and be in a true "rebuilding" mode based on how this team is being built., i.e. built with vets like Moss, Sapp, Washington etc...a team that is basically built to win now!

A rookie at QB seems fun right now but it won't about 6 games into the season.
But....how about getting a veteran QB? And btw, Pittsburgh went 15-1 with a rookie QB!! :p
 
Angel said:
But....how about getting a veteran QB?
And who would you suggest? Jon Kitna? :rolleyes:

Angel said:
And btw, Pittsburgh went 15-1 with a rookie QB!! :p
Roethlisberger landed in a perfect spot. Pittsburgh has a good OL, and a damn good defense. All he had to do was "not lose games" for the Steelers and he was damned good at it. Right now Oakland is not a perfect spot for a rookie QB...
 
Roethlisberger. Did anyone actually watch how he played down the stretch his rookie season? He sucked a dozen eggs! And two dozen on Sundays. It was the Pissburgh team that carried him, even at times during last season.

Rooethlisberger is a throwback to the Bradshaw/Stabler days. Both were gamblers and game managers, but great pure passers they were not. Marino was a great pure passer, but he hardly ever had a complete team around him. (I point this out to maintain the balance against my other statements). A guy with a team doesn't need to be all that. And guys that are all that, often suck the life out of their teams.
 
Big Ben was amazing in the playoffs this season, making once again get angry about drafting Gallery, but I digress.

I think we just trade Collins for Culpepper, make everyone happy! J/K
 
JC said:
Big Ben was amazing in the playoffs this season, making once again get angry about drafting Gallery, but I digress.

I think we just trade Collins for Culpepper, make everyone happy! J/K
Not a bad idea, but I don't think the Vikes will go for it!! ;)
 
Culpepper is broken.

I'm not for giving up anything of value. Wait, we're talking Collins? :p
 
CrossBones said:
Culpepper is broken.

I'm not for giving up anything of value. Wait, we're talking Collins? :p
Yeah Bones....Collins....Hell, I'll trade ya my Collins for yours!! ;)
 
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