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(ESPN)   "What if the Bears had the foresight to draft Aaron Rodgers No. 4 overall in 2005?" and 31 less-"X-D" thought experiments -- the biggest draft 'what if's for all 32 NFL teams   ( espn.com) divider line
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2017-04-19 03:07:18 PM  
Ha!

"What if coach Josh McDaniels had done more with the Broncos' 2009 class?"

Came in to say, 'What if Pat Bowlen didn't get alzheimers and crater the Broncos by handing the franchise over to McHoodie?'

No Tebow, at least.
 
2017-04-19 03:33:18 PM  
If the Bears had taken Aaron Rodgers, they'd probably have had to start playing him right away because all their other QB's of the past 20 years have sucked, so his career probably would already be over due to multiple concussions or other injuries.
 
2017-04-19 04:16:29 PM  
The most important "what if" for the Bengals has always been, and will always be, "what if they'd started the team in a real city instead?"
 
2017-04-19 05:15:59 PM  
Hershel Walker. That is all.
 
2017-04-19 05:27:38 PM  
What if the Browns had drafted Khalil Mack and Derek Carr in 2014?

They'd be out of the league and Johnny Manziel might be considered a promising young QB.

/Ok, that last part is a bit of a stretch but the problem with the Browns isn't who they draft, it's what they do with them once they're on the team.
 
2017-04-19 05:31:12 PM  
See the problem with the Bears or Browns drafting a quarterback is that they're the Bears or Browns...
 
2017-04-19 05:49:50 PM  

Ow! That was my feelings!: Ha!

"What if coach Josh McDaniels had done more with the Broncos' 2009 class?"

Came in to say, 'What if Pat Bowlen didn't get alzheimers and crater the Broncos by handing the franchise over to McHoodie?'

No Tebow, at least.


Getting rid of Cutler allowed them to win playoff games and a Super Bowl, so really it worked out great.
 
2017-04-19 05:53:13 PM  
What if the Bears had drafted Rogers? What if the bears had drafted Manning, Favre or Brady? What if my uncle got breast implants? Doesn't matter, still the bears and still a dude. I guess the Bears would be the Vikings of the NFC North instead of the Bears. Or maybe more aprops, the 2016 Lions.

/it would be a shame if someone ran the table
 
2017-04-19 05:57:48 PM  
Looking back, I'm glad that the 1968 Eagles F*cked up and won a couple games late in the season and lost the number one pick to the Bills, as I don't have to think of OJ as an Eagle. (Yes this was the season the fans threw snowballs at the drunk dressed as Santa Claus)
 
2017-04-19 06:00:17 PM  
The Browns could've drafted Peyton and still would've sucked.
 
2017-04-19 06:09:56 PM  
What if Babe Ruth died in a brothel with a hotdog shoved up his ass?
 
2017-04-19 06:11:25 PM  

IAmRight: Ow! That was my feelings!: Ha!

"What if coach Josh McDaniels had done more with the Broncos' 2009 class?"

Came in to say, 'What if Pat Bowlen didn't get alzheimers and crater the Broncos by handing the franchise over to McHoodie?'

No Tebow, at least.

Getting rid of Cutler allowed them to win playoff games and a Super Bowl, so really it worked out great.


Well, McHoodie's total incompetence did eventually lead to the hiring of Elway as GM, so you correct, in a way. 4-12 allowed them to draft Von and Elway was able to lure the Fivehead to Denver.
 
2017-04-19 06:17:07 PM  

OkieDookie: What if Babe Ruth died in a brothel with a hotdog shoved up his ass?


The inspiration for
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2017-04-19 06:36:05 PM  

AppleOptionEsc: What if the Bears had drafted Rogers? What if the bears had drafted Manning, Favre or Brady? What if my uncle got breast implants? Doesn't matter, still the bears and still a dude. I guess the Bears would be the Vikings of the NFC North instead of the Bears. Or maybe more aprops, the 2016 Lions.

/it would be a shame if someone ran the table


Aaron Rodgers with the Bears would have at least defeated Manning and the Colts. People forget how good the Bears actually were for several years.
 
2017-04-19 06:46:27 PM  

puffy999: AppleOptionEsc: What if the Bears had drafted Rogers? What if the bears had drafted Manning, Favre or Brady? What if my uncle got breast implants? Doesn't matter, still the bears and still a dude. I guess the Bears would be the Vikings of the NFC North instead of the Bears. Or maybe more aprops, the 2016 Lions.

/it would be a shame if someone ran the table

Aaron Rodgers with the Bears would have at least defeated Manning and the Colts. People forget how good the Bears actually were for several years.


That would have been a really young Rodgers.  I mean, I'm sure he'd have been better than The Dragon or Greasyboy... but... man, the defense just wasn't there that fateful day, and I'm not sure if even Rodgers could have put up 30 pts given the field position most of the game.
 
2017-04-19 06:54:08 PM  
What if the Seahawks had drafted the 'drunk from Mississippi' (Brett Favre) that then coach Chuck Knox was pushing for instead of Dan McGwire that the owner liked?

http://www.seattletimes.com/sports/seahawks/decision-to-draft-dan-mcg​w​ire-over-brett-favre-may-be-biggest-what-if-in-seahawks-history/
 
2017-04-19 07:12:33 PM  
I love what ifs that assume everything else would have gone the exact same way except the what if part.
 
2017-04-19 07:25:08 PM  

Craw Fu: What if the Seahawks had drafted the 'drunk from Mississippi' (Brett Favre) that then coach Chuck Knox was pushing for instead of Dan McGwire that the owner liked?

http://www.seattletimes.com/sports/seahawks/decision-to-draft-dan-mcgw​ire-over-brett-favre-may-be-biggest-what-if-in-seahawks-history/


Yeah, what if he'd had the same success with the Seahawks that he had with the Falcons?
 
2017-04-19 07:55:17 PM  
The Bears drafted Sweetness #4 overall 30 years previously. Then they had a great run of first round picks from '79 to '87.

And for the past 20 yeasr, apart from Urlacher, they've made the Leon Hess-era Jets front office look like geniuses.
 
2017-04-19 08:43:54 PM  

Richard Freckle: Hershel Walker. That is all.


yeah, worst trade is sports history.  well maybe the babe ruth trade was worse, but whatever.
 
2017-04-19 08:50:19 PM  
That Packers what-if was stupid. The biggest one was what if they took Barry Sanders instead of Tony Mandarich? Do they ever get Brett Favre? That decision probably changed the whole course of the franchise for the better, though it didn't seem like it shortly thereafter.
 
Oak
2017-04-19 11:11:30 PM  

gameshowhost: puffy999: AppleOptionEsc: What if the Bears had drafted Rogers? What if the bears had drafted Manning, Favre or Brady? What if my uncle got breast implants? Doesn't matter, still the bears and still a dude. I guess the Bears would be the Vikings of the NFC North instead of the Bears. Or maybe more aprops, the 2016 Lions.

/it would be a shame if someone ran the table

Aaron Rodgers with the Bears would have at least defeated Manning and the Colts. People forget how good the Bears actually were for several years.

That would have been a really young Rodgers.  I mean, I'm sure he'd have been better than The Dragon or Greasyboy... but... man, the defense Tommie Harris and Mike Brown just wasn't weren't there that fateful day, and I'm not sure if even Rodgers could have put up 30 pts given the field position most of the game.


FTFY
 
2017-04-19 11:15:04 PM  

gameshowhost: puffy999: AppleOptionEsc: What if the Bears had drafted Rogers? What if the bears had drafted Manning, Favre or Brady? What if my uncle got breast implants? Doesn't matter, still the bears and still a dude. I guess the Bears would be the Vikings of the NFC North instead of the Bears. Or maybe more aprops, the 2016 Lions.

/it would be a shame if someone ran the table

Aaron Rodgers with the Bears would have at least defeated Manning and the Colts. People forget how good the Bears actually were for several years.

That would have been a really young Rodgers.  I mean, I'm sure he'd have been better than The Dragon or Greasyboy... but... man, the defense just wasn't there that fateful day, and I'm not sure if even Rodgers could have put up 30 pts given the field position most of the game.


The Dragon had a couple of brutal turnovers in that game that one could easily assume Rodgers wouldn't have committed. But Manning's familiarity with the Tampa Two defense didn't help them, either. There's a TD pass to, I think, Stokley, in the game that I swear it the most wide open I've ever seen any receiver in any NFL game.
But all in all, the Colts won that game by 12 points, with seven of those coming on a Bad Rex pick six in the fourth. The Bears were in that game.
 
2017-04-19 11:31:54 PM  
Rodgers as a bigger what if than the Packers drafting Tony Mandarich over Barry Sanders?  I...guess....maybe?  I also think that drop is part of what gives Rodgers an edge.  He is all about score settling.
 
2017-04-19 11:33:44 PM  

OkieDookie: What if Babe Ruth died in a brothel with a hotdog shoved up his ass?


He didn't?  Shame.
 
2017-04-19 11:35:33 PM  

prickly pete v2: That Packers what-if was stupid. The biggest one was what if they took Barry Sanders instead of Tony Mandarich? Do they ever get Brett Favre? That decision probably changed the whole course of the franchise for the better, though it didn't seem like it shortly thereafter.


Yup.
 
2017-04-20 12:59:28 AM  

OkieDookie: What if Babe Ruth died in a brothel with a hotdog shoved up his ass?


You mean he didn't in your reality?
 
2017-04-20 03:34:24 AM  
The Vikings would still have managed to blow it even if they hadn't traded for Walker.  They just blow it.  It's how they roll.
 
2017-04-20 07:07:38 AM  
Whoever wrote this didn't realize that in 1983 the Chiefs passed on both Dan Marino and Jim Kelly for Todd freakin' Blackledge.
 
2017-04-20 11:05:25 AM  
img.fark.net

http://www.nfl.com/videos/arizona-cardinals/09000d5d82a24851/24-Nooooo​ooo-Cardinals-defeat-Vikings


Mine.....in 2003, in the final game of the season, the 3-12 Cardinals hosted the 9-6 Vikes.  The Vikes took a 7-6 lead into the 4th quarter.  During the 4th quarter, it was announced that hte Packers had lost;  this meant that Vikings needed a win or tie to win the division and make the playoffs. Vikes TD and PAT: 14-6.  Vikes FG:  17-6.

2 minutes left:  ARI TD, missed PAT.  17-12.

then, on a 4th and 12 or so with seconds left on the clock, JOsh McCown, with 0:00 on the scoreboard, throws a TD pass.  ARI TD.  18-17 (and, the TD was a 'force out' TD;  the WR caught the ball while inbounds but was forced out by the defense.  He never got two feet inbounds.  By then-NFL rule, it was still a TD.) The game was stopped for a good 2 minutes or so, with MIN players celebrating and ARI players upset.....until the refs came on the stadium PA and said ARI won. Above is the pic I took in the aftermath. the greatest sporting event I ever saw in person!


No playoffs for you, Vikings.


but to the thread, if ARI wins, we draft possibly 1, possibly 2 overall.  The win dropped us to #3, where we took Larry Fitzgerald.  If ARI loses, then is NFL histroy vastly different with perhaps ARI pulling off the Rivers/Eli Manning trade?  How different is ARI's history if we don't take Larry?
 
2017-04-20 11:08:01 AM  

Riothamus: Whoever wrote this didn't realize that in 1983 the Chiefs passed on both Dan Marino and Jim Kelly for Todd freakin' Blackledge.


Nor that Pittsburgh passed on Marino and Kelly for some idiot linebacker that drove drunk and paralyzed himself.
 
2017-04-20 11:09:07 AM  

Dr. Kefarkian: Nor that Pittsburgh passed on Marino and Kelly for some idiot linebacker that drove drunk and paralyzed himself.


yeah, and like after the 4th game of the season, from memory?  Senor Sack.
 
2017-04-20 11:29:53 AM  

Craw Fu: What if the Seahawks had drafted the 'drunk from Mississippi' (Brett Favre) that then coach Chuck Knox was pushing for instead of Dan McGwire that the owner liked?

http://www.seattletimes.com/sports/seahawks/decision-to-draft-dan-mcgw​ire-over-brett-favre-may-be-biggest-what-if-in-seahawks-history/



I came here for that, and I leave satisfied.  Go f*ck yourself, Ken Behring.

/Go Hawks.
 
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