No event in thoroughbred racing is harder to predict than the Kentucky Derby.
Twenty 3-year old horses, almost all evenly matched, running at a distance they never have trekked before with nearly 160,000 fans watching their every room.
It’s why even the savviest of horse-racing bettors come away scratching their heads after the 2-minute race ends.
Does it matter? First-year coach Chris Palmer played Couch right away, and the first-year quarterback took a beating. So did McNabb, however. McNabb took 73 sacks over 22 starts in his first two seasons in Philadelphia. Couch took 66 sacks in 21 starts in the same stretch. McNabb went on to a borderline Hall of Fame career while Couch was out of the league after the 2003 season.
What could have been: The Browns — under Butch Davis — could have drafted Ben Roethlisberger in the first round of the NFL Draft and kept offensive coordinator Bruce Arians instead of signing Jeff Garcia, drafting Kellen Winslow III and letting Arians go to the Steelers.
Does it matter? Hindsight is 20/20, but Garcia played one season in Cleveland with a 3-7 record as a starter. Butch Davis was fired 11 games into the 2004 season. Roethlisberger and Arians won two Super Bowls with the rival Steelers. Big Ben is 22-2 against the Browns.
It’s hard to blame the Steelers for taking another swing at a quarterback they graded on par with the best in this year’s draft class. Even if Roethlisberger plans to play three more years, he’s not in a position to guarantee that level of commitment.
The key is, for me, I’m always going to take it one season at a time, Roethlisberger added Friday. I’m going to give everything this year and lay it all on the line like I do every week, for this season, for my guys. And then just really kind of at the end of the season, it’s the same thing. You go through the evaluation process of how you feel.
The Steelers ‘ responsibility is to the fans, the city of Pittsburgh, the members of the organization and the entire roster not just to Roethlisberger and his quarterback-room cohorts.
- If Quinn didn’t gamble in free-agency, where players are more expensive but known commodities, I doubt he will in the first round. In fact, you could argue he’s only reached twice in two drafts, and probably regrets both. He took Baylor long-snapper Jimmy Landes in the sixth round in 2016, and he’s gone. He surprisingly grabbed Florida cornerback Teez Tabor in the second round last year, and Tabor barely saw the field until late in the season.