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Tennessee Titans "See [Zach] Mettenberger As A Poor Team's Tom Brady"

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Of all the headlines I never dreamed I'd see, this one might be at the top of the list. See why a reporter in Nashville typed those words and check in with your take on the accuracy of the Titans' thinking.

Poor man's Tom Brady?  For real?  For really real?
Poor man's Tom Brady? For real? For really real?
Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

With conventional thinking being that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers will take Jameis Winston with the first pick of the 2015 NFL Draft, focus has shifted to what the Tennessee Titans will do with the second overall pick. The camps generally seem to break down into three schools of thought:

1. Draft Leonard Williams.
2. Draft Marcus Mariota.
3. Trade the pick.

David Climer of The Tennesseean says the Titans aren't particularly interested in that second option.  Nor are they interested in adding one of the veteran QBs (Philip Rivers?  Jay Cutler?) they've been linked to in trade rumors.  The Titans are set at quarterback. Yes, a team that went 2-14 last year and has the second pick in the draft is set at QB. With Zach Mettenberger.

Coach Ken Whisenhunt identified Mettenberger as an undervalued asset last spring. General manager Ruston Webster pulled the trigger and drafted him in the sixth round.

In short, Whisenhunt and Webster think they pulled the steal of the 2014 draft. Titans brass see Mettenberger as a poor team’s Tom Brady. He’s the quarterback.

It should be made clear that Climer doesn't agree with the Titans' stance, as in the very next sentence he writes, "Personally, I think it's a mistake." To that end, don't kill the messenger.

I have zero problem with a team deciding to pass on Winston and/or Mariota. I believe there are sufficient questions surrounding each of them to warrant going in a different direction. But to think that Zach Mettenberger has somehow shown he resembles Tom Brady in any form or fashion? For Zach Mettenberger to be the reason you pass on those other QBs? No, sir.

And yet, if this is true--that the Titans' current brain trust truly thinks that they have "the steal of the 2014 draft" in Zach Mettenberger and are unwilling to spend a premium pick on another QB--I applaud the analysis of Ruston Webster and Ken Whisenhunt and wish them many, many, many more years of gainful employment in Nashville.