Jameis Winston or Marcus Mariota? Who will have a more successful NFL Career

This year’s 2015 NFL Draft condundrum–Jameis Winston or Marcus Mariota?

Winston–Heisman trophy winner. Strong arm. Said to be a good leader on the field. Questionable decision maker on (interceptions) and off the field (alleged sexual assault, crab legs stealer).

Mariota–Heisman trophy winner. Smart. Solid arm and good scrambling ability. Humble leader. Can he translate his talents though from running the Oregon spread system to the NFL?

And that last question on Mariota is why the Tampa Bay Buccaneers will select Winston as the No. 1 overall pick in Thursday’s NFL Draft in Chicago. And if you believe the latest rumors, Mariota will follow at No. 2 if the Browns give up two first round picks to Tennessee to move up. A few years from now however, Browns management may be needing to “duck” out-of-town for mortgaging the future on a system QB.

If it came down to selecting on character there is no doubt Mariota would be the pick. I met and interviewed him two years ago at Pac-12 Football Media Day. Not a great interview, but you could tell he was a good kid. Smart yet confidently quiet. The type of guy you would have no problem allowing your daughter to date.  Running a quick passing, limited decision-making, scrambling, spread offensive system he was a winner.  But that was in college.

Unfortunately history dictates spread quarterbacks don’t fare as well at the NFL level. This goes back to some of the first to emerge and become highly drafted spread QB’s such as Andre Ware and David Klingler. Both failed miserably. In recent years the most successful spread QB’s include Cam Newton (Panthers), Colin Kaepernick (49ers) and Alex Smith (Chiefs). You can say they are solid but not QB’s that you would expect to lead their franchises to regular Super Bowl titles. Those that have been underwhelming or failed of late include the likes Robert Griffin III (Redskins), Blaine Gabbert (Niners, formerly Jaguars) and Brandon Weeden (Cowboys, formerly Browns).

Quarterbacks coming from colleges that run more conventional offensive systems clearly have shown greater success over the years. Andrew Luck (Colts), Russell Wison (Seahawks), Matt Ryan (Falcons), Joe Flacco (Ravens), Matthew Stafford (Lions) and Nick Foles (Rams, formerly Eagles) have all outshined their spread counterparts.

So who will have a more successful NFL career? History dictates it will be Winston. If, and it’s a big if, he can stay out of trouble off the field.  He is the best trained to become a franchise quarterback. Doesn’t mean Mariota won’t have success–just means he has a steeper uphill climb.

If it was up to me, I would choose neither. Too many questions for both to put the future of one’s franchise upon their shoulders.

NFL Top 5 Bottom 5–Week 16

As heard on 1320 KFAN here is the latest Gunther and Graham NFL Top 5 Bottom 5. For the second consecutive week we once again have a new No. 1 in both the top and bottom. And in honor of Christmas we spread the holiday cheer with pics of NFL cheerleaders.

NFL TOP 5 BOTTOM 5:

TOP 5:
1. NINERS (5): Topping the previous No. 1 team on the road earns the jump to the top spot.

2. BRONCOS (2): After taking down the Ravens, Denver should finish the year on a 11 game win streak with only the Browns and Chiefs left on the schedule.

3. TEXANS (3): Houston is fifth in defending the run. They’ll be tested Sunday by Adrian Peterson.

4. FALCONS (4): Atlanta bounced back impressively from the Carolina loss by blowing out the Giants.

5. PATRIOTS (1): Had their seven game win streak snapped by the Niners. Should bounce back and end the season with wins over the Jaguars and Dolphins.

Dropped Out: None

BOTTOM 5:
1. CHIEFS (3): Lowly Chiefs generate just 119 yards and seven first downs against the lowly Raiders.

2. JAGUARS (2): Playing an angry Patriots team this Sunday won’t be pleasant for the Jags.

3. RAIDERS (4): Good news is they ended a six game losing streak. The bad news is it was against the Chiefs.

4. LIONS (NR): One year removed from making the playoffs, the Lions have returned to their mediocre state.

5. CARDINALS (1): By beating the Lions the Cardinals end their nine game losing streak but who thinks that was probably a fluke?

Dropped Out: TITANS

NFL Top 5 Bottom 5–Week 15

As heard on 1320 KFAN here is the latest Gunther and Graham NFL Top 5 Bottom 5. In a rare instance we have a new No. 1 in both the top and bottom featuring the latter with their cheerleaders. Turns out they could beat them as well.

NFL TOP 5 BOTTOM 5:

TOP 5:
1. PATRIOTS (Last Week-3): Tom Brady is playing like, well, Tom Brady and the Pat’s already appear to be Super Bowl ready.

2. BRONCOS (4): Winners of eight straight, Denver has only one real tough game left–this Sunday at Baltimore.

3. TEXANS (1): Houston’s mortal performance against the Pat’s makes you wonder if they truly are a legitimate Super Bowl contender.

4. FALCONS (2): After losing to Carolina things don’t get easier hosting the New York Giants Sunday.

5. NINERS (NR): Colin Kaepernick is 3-1 as a starter. Now we’ll see how good he truly is as he duels with Tom Brady Sunday night.

Dropped Out: RAVENS

BOTTOM 5:
1. CARDINALS (NR): While they have four wins, after the 58-0 loss to Seattle this team is truly the worst in the league.

2. JAGUARS (1): Even Chad Henne can’t lead this team out of the doldrums. Like we thought he could to begin with.

3. CHIEFS (2): A week after beating Carolina the Chiefs return to form in a blowout loss to the Browns.

4. RAIDERS (3): If the Raiders could break a six game losing streak it would be this week vs. KC.

5. TITANS (NR): Losers of three straight it will be sooo exciting to see them on Monday Night Football against the Jets!

Dropped Out: PANTHERS, EAGLES

NFL Top 5 Bottom 5–Week 7

Here is this week’s 1320 KFAN’s Gunther and Graham’s NFL Top 5 Bottom 5. A new number one in both polls. To celebrate we give you a Tennessee Titans cheerleader in pink whose team dropped out of the Bottom 5.

NFL TOP 5 BOTTOM 5:

TOP 5:
1. FALCONS (Last Week-2): Barely got past Oakland at home but as the only unbeaten team in the NFL they have earned the No. 1 ranking.

2. RAVENS (4): Deserve to be here but not sold they can stay with the season ending injuries to Ray Lewis and Lardarius Webb.

3. BEARS (5): Chicago rolls off a bye week into a Monday night showdown with the Lions.

4. TEXANS (1): Houston comes back to reality with a loss to the Packers but still in full control of the AFC South.

5. GIANTS (UR): The GMen returned to Super Bowl form with their dominant win over the 49ers.

Dropped Out: NINERS

BOTTOM 5:
1. JAGUARS (2): How bad are the Jaguars? They move into the bottom spot while being on a bye week.

2. CHIEFS (3): No matter who the quarterback is this team is awful.

3. RAIDERS (4): Give the Raiders credit for competing in Atlanta. Should beat Jacksonville Sunday.

4. BROWNS (1): Coming off their first win the Browns get a new owner and force Mike Holmgren into retirement.

5. PANTHERS (NR): Wonder if Cam Newton can snap out of his sophomore jinx season at home versus Dallas? Probably not.

Dropped Out: TITANS

NFL Top 5 Bottom 5–Week 6

Here is this week’s 1320 KFAN’s Gunther and Graham’s NFL Top 5 Bottom 5. Most changes are in the bottom half and ironically enough we honor this week the Jaguar’s cheerleaders!

NFL TOP 5 BOTTOM 5:

TOP 5:
1. TEXANS (Last Week-1): Not a great performance against the Jets but enough to hold onto the top spot.

2. FALCONS (2): Amazing to think it’s the first time in franchise history they have started 5-0.

3. NINERS (3): Offense was explosive against the Bills. Lets see how it produces against the Giants.

4. RAVENS (4): Not an impressive showing against the Chiefs. To maintain this spot they’ll have to play better against the Cowboys.

5. BEARS (NR): Just like the old days, the Bears are getting it done with defense.

Dropped Out: Cardinals

BOTTOM 5:
1. BROWNS (1): Offense seems to be improving. The defense is another story.

2. JAGUARS (3): Not that it matters but the bye week comes at the right time after a 41-3 loss to Chicago.

3. CHIEFS (NR): You know things are bad when the fans are cheering that their QB is hurt.

4. RAIDERS (5): Good news is Oakland is coming off a bye. Bad news they have to play at Atlanta.

5. TITANS (NR): Not going to win much when the defense is giving up over 36 points per game.

Dropped Out: Colts, Saints

NFL Top 5 Bottom 5–Week 3

Two new number one’s in this weeks edition of the NFL Top 5 Bottom 5:

NFL TOP 5 BOTTOM 5:
1. NINERS (Last Week-1): Alex Smith finally getting closer to living up to his No. 1 overall draft status.
2. TEXANS (3): After beating up on Miami and Jacksonville it will be good to see them take on a decent team in Denver.
3. FALCONS (5): After beating Kansas City and Denver, Atlanta will look to go 3-0 in the AFC West playing at San Diego Sunday.
4. PACKERS (UR): You knew Green Bay would get back into the Top 5 quickly. Looked more like themselves against Chicago.
5. EAGLES (UR): Michael Vick gets the headlines (for the worst of late) but it’s really the Eagles defense that has them at 2-0.

Dropped Out: Patriots (1), Ravens (4)

BOTTOM 5:
1. RAIDERS (UR): When you’re 31st in the league rushing the ball and 29th in stopping the run that’s not a good combo.
2. BROWNS (2): Cleveland is bad but at least Brandon Weeden showed some promise.
3. JAGUARS (4): Blaine Gabbert has hamstring issues. May be a good sign considering they are averaging just 145 yards per game.
4. CHIEFS (UR): When you lose to the Bills you’re not good.
5. TITANS (UR): How can a team with Chris Johnson be dead last in rushing? Guess it happens when said running back gets content after being paid.

Dropped Out: Dophins (1), Colts (3), Rams (5)