BUFFALO — There are three reasons a team in college football has been so dominant in recent years.
The first is that a college team is built on the principle that the best player on the field is the one who gets the most work and attention.
The second is that the players who can do the most with the least amount of time are the ones who are best able to get better on the fly.
The third is that each of those factors — with the exception of a quarterback — is an advantage in the NFL.
It’s that combination that has led to the current dominance of the college game and the NFL, and the results of which have been so astonishing that even the league’s most ardent critics are questioning its legitimacy.
The most successful college football teams have never been the ones with the best quarterbacks.
They have always been the teams with the greatest need for a quarterback, the ones that have the best ability to develop a quarterback as they go along, to develop his strengths and weaknesses.
When you’re in college, you don’t have a lot of time to practice.
You don’t get to work on anything.
You’re working on football at the moment, so the best way to get ready is to work.
That’s not the case at the NFL level.
At the NFL Combine, quarterbacks are evaluated for two hours in Indianapolis.
At least that’s what it’s been for years.
But if a team is desperate for a franchise quarterback, it’s not going to do much better by taking a quarterback at the combine.
So, for years, college football quarterbacks have been viewed as commodities, with the only way to secure one is by signing a player who will turn into a franchise passer.
At this point, the best available quarterback for a college football team is probably Ryan Lindley.
Lindley, a redshirt freshman who played quarterback at Texas A&M, was drafted No. 4 overall by the Colts in 2010.
His rookie season wasn’t as impressive as the ones he played in college.
But Lindley did turn into an effective starter.
He started 15 games, starting every game for the Colts, throwing for 4,619 yards, 23 touchdowns and nine interceptions.
But that was before the team went 3-13 the year before.
Then, in 2013, Lindley got injured.
His career was over.
His NFL career ended abruptly.
He returned to Texas A & M, where he was a starter in 2015.
The Colts signed him to a $4 million, one-year contract extension in 2016.
In 2018, he became the starter at quarterback for the 49ers.
He was the starting quarterback at Tennessee.
Lindy, who is 6-foot-2, 228 pounds, has had a career in which he has been a very good quarterback.
He threw for 3,983 yards, 37 touchdowns and seven interceptions in 2015, and he threw for 438 yards, four touchdowns and one interception in 2016 as a starter.
The numbers tell a story.
Lindys career was a bit of a disappointment.
But the numbers don’t tell the whole story.
If Lindy can be an effective quarterback in college and in the pros, it could give the Colts a franchise player at quarterback.
Lindie’s numbers are not the best in the league.
But there’s no question he’s a very solid quarterback who has played at a high level for a very long time.
Lindiys numbers are, and should be, more in line with his potential.
He’s a good athlete who is very good at reading defenses, throwing the ball well and doing the little things to help the team.
Lindies career has been nothing short of amazing.
If the Colts want to go back to being contenders, they will have to find a franchise starting quarterback.
That won’t be easy.
They need to have a franchise starter at the quarterback position who can step in and start games.
But they need Lindley as their starter, too.
Linds numbers last year were better than those of the players he’s replaced.
The only problem is that they were all in the same tier.
They were all above average in terms of completion percentage.
They had a lot more interceptions than they did passing yards.
But both of those things are inversely related to the other things.
The difference between Lindiies numbers and those of those of his replacements was more that he had a bad season.
If you compare Lindiks numbers to those of a guy like Alex Smith, who has been the starter in Kansas City for almost a decade and is only 32 years old, you see why he’s the better option.
Lindigys numbers were better in terms that he played well enough that he could turn things around.
But he was not a franchise-caliber quarterback in the preseason.
Lindison had a good year, but the Colts couldn’t get that kind of success without Lindley getting injured.
Linday was a much better quarterback in 2016 than Lindiley was last year.
That shouldn’t be the problem.