Bob Kravitz is an asshat who takes ZERO responsibility for his columns.
Want proof? Here is Mr. Kravitz on this very subject 7 months ago (while, simultaneously, proving how wrong he can be about the New England Patriots!):
".......Let the New England Patriots worry about finding their quarterback of the future. The Colts are worried about preserving their quarterback of the present.
That’s why, instead of drafting a Ryan Mallett, who may never take a snap as a member of the New England Patriots, the Colts surrounded Manning with two more offensive linemen; a defensive lineman; a bowling-ball third-and-short running back, and another defensive back.
It’s hard to pinpoint exactly when the Colts should begin looking for Manning’s replacement, but I know this much: not now and not for another year or three......"
"......Still, it’s hard to fathom what the Patriots were doing when they selected Mallett in the third round.
Not that Mallett can’t play, or that all the pre-draft rumors about his drinking and/or drug use ranks as anything more than teenaged irresponsibility. The issue is the timing: Why, when you have the 33-year-old Brady newly signed to a four-year deal, do you spend a third-rounder on a guy who probably won’t take a snap as a Patriot?
If you have a Brady or a Manning, you do everything — in the draft and in free agency — with an eye on right now.
These are once-in-the-lifetime-of-a-franchise quarterbacks, and unless Mallett has pass-rushing abilities we’re not aware of, he’s not going to help Brady and Bill Belichick win in the near future.
It’s all about urgency now, about giving Manning every chance to put the finishing touches on that Hall of Fame resume. The Franchise isn’t going anywhere, not for a while.
His successor? Let him attend his high school senior prom first."