This post is going to be really cold and callous, so you’re just going to have to trust me when I think it’s shitty that John Carlson is going to lose out on a full season’s worth of his professional life. I feel bad for the guy, I wish it didn’t happen; in fact, I wish John Carlson was the greatest Tight End of all time and I didn’t have to write such a cold and callous post.
But, the fact of the matter is: it COULD be worse. Look, I’m not saying we’re stacked at tight end, but we’re better at tight end than we’ve ever been EVER. I’m not a big fan of the tight end position anyway; I think it’s probably one of the most overrated positions in all of football (unless you have someone like Antonio Gates wreaking havoc on opposing defenses). So, I don’t know a whole lot about Zach Miller. People tell me he’s good and I believe them because I guess he went to a Pro Bowl or something. That right there mitigates the overall damage of losing a guy like Carlson (a guy who I feel, when healthy, could be just as good as a guy like Miller; of course it would help if you didn’t use him as a fullback and could actually, you know, send him out on pass-catching routes because your offensive line could handle their business on their own).
Beyond Miller, we’ve also got Anthony McCoy and Dominique Byrd, two guys who’ve shown they’re more than capable of doing good things on a football field. And, I don’t know about you, but I liked what I saw out of Cameron Morrah last year, especially down the stretch. I think he’s got great hands and an ability to get open. If he ever gets healthy, you’ve got yourself quite the logjam at the tight end position.
A position, like I said, that isn’t all that important to begin with. If I had my choice, and someone on this team HAD to get injured for the season, I’m not gonna lie to you, I’d pick tight end in a heartbeat. But, ESPECIALLY with the kind of talent we have backing up guys like Carlson and Miller.
Just look at where we’re thin: it’s pretty much everywhere else besides running back. If we start losing important starters in the secondary, or on the already-shaky offensive line, or among our defensive ends; we’re sunk! Losing a starter at tight end: not so bad. At least THERE we have enough talent coming through the pike to keep us afloat. Not so in those other positions.
Again, I wish no ill will towards anyone on this team. I wish them all health and Pro Bowls for years to come. But, this is one season-ending injury I’m not going to go cry to mommy about.