Originally posted by PhillyNiner:
The longer Kaep sits the more he learns. I am ecstatic that we dont have to force him in early. Kid is plutoneum grade raw material, but he is going to take some seasoning. the arm makes all the throws, but the eyes dont make all the reads yet. Ideally he is patient enough to take the Rodger's path and watch and learn for a few years. The only way I see him getting in sooner than later is if Smith starts itching for more money than we want to pay, or Smith really tanking it in the second half of the season. If that happens then I am content to let Alex walk, put Kaep in and draft another kid to develop. Alex is ideally suited to our game plan when he plays within himself and doesnt push things...no need to crush Kaep's development and force things too early.
While I agree with this, the thing that keep poking my thought about this is that they're so close in age, smith isn't 34+ he's 28! Smith is still a kid. Still learning himself. Listen, if we win an SB, or just continue being SB contender in the next few years the Joe/Steve comparison will pop it's head out.
Thought it'll be a lot of heated debate, year after year, I like the idea of the Kaep Cloud looming... He'll get his chance when it matters sometime in the next season or two, injury/playoff spot clinch.
Here's how I'd like to see it go down.....
- Smith wins an SB, following year minor injury sidelines him and Kaep plays lights out, but team is knocked out of playoff. Smith works harder than he's ever worked before, Kaep starts to struggle, wins back the starting job in a FURIOUS media storm of debate. Looks like Harbs kind of has Smiths back, takes criticism. Smith wins two more super bowls, smith retires early and writes a novel about the power of corn dogs, and how they helped him win 3 SB rings. Kaep goes on to win 3 more himself. The two put their "rings of power" together with Lott and Young and buy back the team and build a new stadium on Alcatraz. Then the Browns get sold to LA, then Cleveland buys the cowboys and the new team is called the Brownboys.