The Football Academy Award for the Best Actor this year goes to----Trent Dilfer.
For the past year, Quarterback Trent Dilfer said all of the right things, publicly, while in private, he apparently didn't believe any of them. Publicly Dilfer said all the right things about heir apparent Charlie Frye, and tried to groom him for the position, but behind the signs he was lobbying to keep his starting job, while trying to make sure that offensive coordinator Maurice Carthon lost his.
So much for being a `good solider'. Head Coach Romeo Crennel kept the charade going by claiming that there would be an open competition for the starting job, knowing full well that Dilfer would be sent elsewhere as soon as possible. The charade was dropped as the Browns traded Dilfer to San Francisco for what appears to be something lower than the fourth pick they gave up last year to get him from Seattle, along with QB Ken Dorsey. Dorsey, who was Miami U's QB when Ohio State won the 2002 National Championship, is not guaranteed the position of number one backup at this point.
Dorsey has started ten games with the 49ers over three years, and has thrown 8 TD passes and 11 interceptions.
Dilfer, on the other hand, will probably not start over Alex Smith, who was taken with the first pick of last year's draft. The grass may be greener on the other side for Dilfer, but he'll be asked again to be a mentor for a young QB, and the rest of his new team doesn't appear to be further ahead than his old team, the Browns. Dilfer had to know that he would start games until the coaching staff and front office believed that Frye was ready. His beefs with Carthon might have been well-founded, but he came to this team with a full understanding of what was going to transpire. Anyone close to the team last year could have easily predicted that Frye would take over at about the exact time that it happened. Dilfer, who has been around the block, should have known as well.
Frye is the winner today. He now knows that this is his team. On the other hand, the Browns don't come out too good at this point. Unless Dilfer's attitude was a problem in the locker room---and some people insist that it was---then the team is worse off at the backup spot. Dorsey and Derek Anderson are currently behind Frye on the depth chart, but you would think Phil Savage and Romeo Crennel have someone else in mind to take over the second string position---one who truly understands the role.
It will take less time to find out if this off-season's free agent signings were a success than it will to determine if the draft was. It is interesting to hear the draft `experts' discuss the merits of each team's selections.
Generally, if a `draft guru' says a team had a bad draft, you can assume that the team messed up that expert's mock draft selection. If he thinks the team had a good draft, you can assume the pick in the first round agreed with theirs.
If ESPN and the NFL Network can devote as much time as it does to the NFL Combine and two-day draft, they should find time to have a show three years after each draft takes place. The comments by all of the experts should be played from three years earlier and then the evaluations should be made based on the success or lack of it over that period of time. That evaluation should be preceded by the evaluations that were made at the time.
At least that way you can establish credibility to the `experts' who don't have any accountability without that kind of an update.