DENVER (AP) — The Patriots are barely higher than the Panthers. The Bears are unhealthy once more. So are the Broncos, who’ve surrendered a half dozen premium draft picks for a coach-quarterback combo that is simply not understanding.
The Cardinals stink, as anticipated. So do the Giants, surprisingly. The Titans, Vikings, Packers and Chargers are additionally off to gradual begins, though Inexperienced Bay and L.A. have performed solely 5 video games due to early byes.
Every of them can take coronary heart as a result of Caleb Williams might be coming to the rescue.
However Xavier Watts’ dominance of the defending Heisman Trophy winner in Notre Dame’s rout of USC over the weekend, we now have a sufficiently big pattern dimension to peg the franchises with one of the best probability to ” Crash for Caleb.”
Heading into Week 7, there’s one winless group (Carolina, which traded it is first-round decide subsequent 12 months to Chicago), 5 groups which have received solely as soon as — together with the aforementioned Bears — and 4 groups which have received twice.
Now, different groups might be part of them within the Williams sweepstakes however they’d need to leap-frog an entire bunch of unhealthy groups to get into place to draft the Southern California quarterback and reigning Heisman Trophy winner thought-about the surest factor since Andrew Luck in 2012 when the Indianapolis Colts fortunately moved on from an injured Peyton Manning, who, because it turned out, nonetheless had MVPs and a Lombardi Trophy to seize.
Some scouts see in Williams the following Patrick Mahomes, a man who could make any throw at any time or tuck it and beat defenders along with his fleet ft.
Williams, who started his profession at Oklahoma earlier than following Lincoln Riley to USC final 12 months, has thrown for 86 touchdowns in opposition to simply 13 interceptions, three of which got here within the Trojans’ first lack of the season Saturday at Notre Dame. He is additionally run for 22 scores. All of this in simply 32 video games.
Whoever lands him within the 2024 NFL draft ought to be on the specific lane again to respectability and might resume their quest to rise to the highest fairly than sink to the underside for the possibility to land what one coach within the combine has known as a “generational participant.”
That coach-turned-commentator even recommended in an interview final November that the hunt for the precise to draft Williams may finally usher in a lottery system within the NFL just like the NBA makes use of to discouraging tanking.
“Sooner or later we’ll transfer to a lottery system within the NFL,” he stated, “as a result of it is a participant that presumably does that.”
That prognosticator was Sean Payton, who was a Fox studio analyst throughout his yearlong sabbatical between teaching gigs with the Saints and Broncos.
Denver is off to a 1-5 begin beneath Payton, whose relationship with Russell Wilson can solely be described as rocky. The Broncos have misplaced three dwelling video games to underdogs, surrendered a franchise file 70 factors at Miami and simply misplaced to the Kansas Metropolis Chiefs for the sixteenth consecutive time in an period the place the NFL prefers parity over rarity.
In his interview final November on the Colin Cowherd present that is making its method round social media once more, Payton stated the hazard of tanking is dropping the locker room. “However this participant, I believe, is the kind of participant that we’d look again on in 5 years and say he is why the lottery exists now.”