WE CONTROL OUR OWN DESTINY: That's where I'll begin as the 6-9 WFT enters its season-finale this Sunday at the 4-10-1 Eagles. That's right. After two straight losses at home, we can still win the lowly NFC East by beating Philly. Otherwise, we need the Giants to lose or we're done.
With that said, so many questions are swirling about a team that is on the verge of clinching the division--and nearly all of them are about the QB position.
Dwayne Haskins, who we picked 15th in the first round in 2019, is now gone after two disastrous seasons. Was it the right for Rivera to cut him at this point? Why didn't he do it prior to the Seattle game last week? Will any other team sign him? I say nobody will sign him as a guaranteed starter. Any team that picks him up will only be responsible for the $5 million that remains on his contract over the next two seasons, meaning he'll be a backup at best.
What do we do with Alex Smith? If he's physically up to it, do we let him play out the final season in 2021 of his four-year contract? He's reportedly set to make $19 million next season. The WFT would have a sizeable dead cap hit if they cut him. So whether or not we keep Smith, do we go all-in for a QB this coming offseason either through the draft, free agency, or a trade, or do we wait until after the 2021 season? Can we count on Kyle Allen to be Smith's replacement?
The reality is the WFT is a game-managing, above-average QB away from being an 11-5, 10-6 team. I say that because this team sports a young, talented, hard-hitting defense that is one of the best in the league. It also has some nice pieces on offense, although the O-line could use some rebuilding.
Thanks as always to my friend, sports photographer Ed Sheahin, for these excellent pictures from yesterday's game.