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A look at the weekend for the possible franchise QBs

It's ironic that on the week the Dolphins will start their 16th quarterback since Dan Marino's retirement -- none of them elite -- the message of Miami's intention to go franchise QB shopping this offseason came out. If you remember, I wrote last week finding a franchise quarterback would be Job One for the Dolphins in the coming offseason.

I will have more on that tomorrow in a column that will interest all of you.

Today, knowing that the priority is drafting or trading for a franchise quarterback with drafting being the more likely approach, I want to start a weekly look at some of the potential franchise QBs that might be available in the draft.

Every week now, I'll update you with what the potential franchise QBs are doing in their games. These are some of those signal-callers and what I thought of their performance (if I saw it):

Andrew Luck: Led Stanford to a 44-14 victory over Washington State. Completed 23 of 36 passes for 336 yards with 4 TDs and 1 INT. I watched the early parts of the game before falling asleep. Luck was not overly impressive early on. He missed a wide open receiver deep on a post pattern but underthrew him badly. The interception happened on the second play of the game, so it was kind of an eye-opener to me because it showed him to be human. I obviously missed the portions of the game when Luck warmed up because he threw all four of his TD passes in the second half.

Robert Griffin III: Baylor lost to to Texas A&M, 55-28. I watched the entire game. Griffin threw an interception when he threw a frustration pass into triple coverage. It was only his second interception of the season against 22 TD passes. I watched the game start to finish. Was tweeting my observations. So you should follow me on twitter. RG3 or RGIII if you prefer completed 28 of 40 passes for 430 yards, with three TDs and one INT. I was thoroughly impressed, interception nothwithstanding. The kid has a gun. He is a great athlete in that he's a national hurdles champion so he can run. And he's very, very, very intelligent. He gladly took the easy passes for 5, 6 or 7-yard gains. And he also hit the 77-yard TD pass when it was there. His accuracy is outstanding. He threaded one pass for a 6-yard TD between two diving defenders. He put it in a tiny box where only his receiver could catch it. I'm going to continue watching this kid, but given what I'd heard and what I saw, I'm a fan.

Landry Jones: Oklahoma beat Kansas, 47-17. I didn't watch but saw a couple of highlights. His presence in the pocket is unquestionable. He completed 29 of 48 passes for 363 yards, with three TDs and one INT. I would tell you Jones has better receivers on the other end of his passes than any other of the elite collegiate passers. Kenny Stills is the truth and Ryan Broyles is an NCAA record-breaker who will also definitely play on Sundays. Jones isn't as athletic a runner as either RG3 or even Luck. His arm doesn't seem as impressive, either. But he attacks the middle of the field as well as Luck. He scans the field with great alacrity. I need to see more.

Matt Barkley: USC beat Cal, 30-9. I didn't watch. Barkley completed 19 of 35 passes with two TDs and no INTs. From what I've seen of this kid, he throws the 9-route about as nicely as anyone. His timing and synch with his WRs is impressive. I haven't seen enough to judge his athletic abilities with his feet. I know the level of competition in the PAC-12 is not on par with the SEC or perhaps even Big-12. Barkely clearly understands matchups. He rarely throws into double-coverage. Like Luck but unlike Jones and RG3, Barkley plays in a pro-style set offense. He is under center regularly. It's not new. He's ahead of the game there.

Who else? Who'd I miss. Tell me in the comments section and give me the breakdown of what they did.


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only the colts need a qb as bad as miami, and the owner said he is thinking about tanking the season to get luck.

They have Sam Bradford, somehow cant see them taking a QB, how would they justify it only 2 years removed from taking Bradford as their no1 pick, at least if they did beat us to the no1 spot they would probably make a good trading partener although I see them winning more games than us, Sam Bradford is way better than Matt Moore!!

On a side night, good to see Jim Harbaugh doing well and nice to see that enthusiasm he showed at the end of the game, so wish Ross hadn't messed that up

Mando. What about Kellen Moore?

They do have Bradford, but who's their back up, plus they, as you said could work a trade. I'm worried about the Colts grabbing Luck, imagine him training with Manning? Another dynasty in the making. Too soon to tell, let's see how the next 5 games go.

IS NE sucking for Luck???

The brains of the pats has a HUGE and I mean HUGE bag of draft picks. It always seems as if they have 100 picks each year.

Brady will retire soon so If I was Bellicheat and wanted to secure the next 18 years of success and Superbowl rings, how else can he do that?

Trade away all his draft picks for Andrew Luck.

Never say never.

The Patriots have their own picks plus these:

•First-rounder from Oakland Raiders (for Richard Seymour).

•Second-rounder from Carolina Panthers (from trade at this year's draft).

•Third-rounder from the Minnesota Vikings (for Randy Moss and seventh-round pick).

•Fourth-rounder from the Denver Broncos (for Laurence Maroney and sixth-round pick).

NY G, after that TD pass I'd say no, plus they need to fix their D.

What the Colts are doing is a disgrace, we really do suck but they lose Manning and cant win a game,cmon man no way.
New England lost Brady for the season and still ended up 10-6 and Cassel is no better than Painter.


My clock management on that post was off. I should have called a time out. lol

Armando, you didn't miss him because he was off this week but keep tabs on Arizona's Nick Foles as well. His team stinks but this kid can play. After 6 games he has 2,225 yards, 71% completion 15 TD's and 4 Int's


This has to be one of the top five worst articles you have ever written!!! How can you give an opinion of games you did not see, other than reading the QB stats??? Andrew Luck was terrific again yesterday but you fell asleep because you were hitting the tequila heavily again yesterday.

Luck was hampered by his receivers, in the second half he really utilized his tight ends masterfully and blew out the competition. Luck is the best QB prospect in the last 15-20 years.

Again, please do not drink while working.

Sincerely and respectfully,

Joe Robbie's corpse

Go for Tebow¡¡¡

Really? Nothing on Kellen Moore.... He is a legitimate QB in the NFL

Difference between Brady & Manning, Brady plays in a great system, anybody can step in & do it well, not great like brady, but still perform very well ala Cassel... Whereas Manning is the system in Indy. That's why Manning was #1 & brady went in the 6th round... Seeing the colts without Manning make me believe that Manning is the best QB in the League. Brady got lucky to go to the Patriots & was in the right place at the right time, or he may not have ever had of made it as an NFL starter, where Manning would have been good anywhere...

I know what you're thinking. "Did he fire six shots or only five?" Well, to tell you the truth, in all this excitement I kind of lost track myself. But being as this is a .44 Magnum, the most powerful handgun in the world, and would blow your head clean off, you've got to ask yourself one question: Do I feel Lucky? Well, do ya, punk?

F*** yeh.

How about Kellen Moore from Boise state?

hey guys

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