Some people could go argue that a team needs to play to win , every time they take the field. Others may imply, losing meaningless games simply is better for the teams future in securing draft picks for the future. Most recently " suck for Luck".
If a season is over for a team. Meaning " If there is no shot at a playoff berth, what would you rather see your team do? The answers from the people I talk to are pretty split.
Going into Oakland week 17 last season, the chargers were out of any playoff contention. Their season was ending in Oakland, and there was nothing that could be done to prevent that. Yet, they gave one of their seasons best performances.
Normally, I'd be happy at whatever circumstance put the Raiders out of the playoffs, but the Chargers performance simply pushed the Broncos into the playoffs," equally depressing!
What did the Chargers get out of it? Bragging rights, not hearing about how the Raiders swept them. Here we sit in April, just days before the draft, and I have to wonder if a loss would have been a better move for the Organization.
I've been reading a lot about how the Chargers may "trade up" to draft Safety " Mark Barron.
In order to do so, most mock drafters will have the Chargers trading to get ahead of Dallas at 14.
This takes me back to that game in Oakland.
Had the Chargers lost that game in Oakland, they would be drafting at either pick 11 or 12. Barron would be pretty much a lock for the Bolts.
Also, they would have the 42nd, or 43rd in the second, which would open things up quite a bit for the DE/OLB class position which is really strong this year.
Instead, the Chargers will either have to trade up in the first for Barron, or very early second for Harrison Smith. Either way, they're in no mans land as we speak holding 18 and 49.
For you older Charger fans, do you remember the 1997 season? Forgettable to say the least. The Chargers were playing a pointless season by late October against the lowly Indianapolis Colts.
For some odd reason, the Chargers put together their best game of the year against the Colts, and won a " pointless" game. At the end of the season, the Chargers finished 4-12. The Colts finished 3-13.
In the following draft, the Colts selected Manning at #1. The Chargers picked second, selecting Ryan Leaf. every body knows how that turned out. But what many people don't know, is that the Chargers were trying desperately to trade with the Colts, offering everything including the kitchen sink. The Colts would not budge.
Trade up for Barron. A.J Smith has nothing to lose. The safe trade would be with Arizona at 13. Sneak in there before Dallas and Philadelphia have a shot to grab him. Settling for whoever falls to you could have very bad results.
A.J Smith is already playing on "house money", and may be just one or two players shy of finally putting it all together!