(CBS) - For teams across the NFL that have performed, shall we say, below average, there's a silver lining. It is considered almost a foregone conclusion at this point that the team with the first draft pick next year will take Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck, considered one of the best college players of his generation. Some fans have even gone so far as to hope their teams "suck for Luck" - basically write off this season in the hopes of earning the first pick in the draft.
It seems fans aren't the only ones getting in on the fun. Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross reportedly feels the same way, if a recent article in the Miami Herald is to be believed.
According to the article which cited a "highly placed club source", Ross is focused on acquiring a franchise quarterback for the 'Phins. Armando Salguero writes:
"Ross wants a franchise quarterback at the helm in 2012. He is said to be committed to veer away from any attempt that would add a 'caretaker' quarterback as a potential starter. He is said to be tired of watching the Dolphins field backups disguised as starters."
Could a new franchise QB be anyone other than the Stanford phenom Luck? The article goes on:
Ross is so focused on getting his team a franchise quarterback that he has told friends, much as losses pain him in the short-term, he's aware they offer long-term gain because they put Miami in better position to pick Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck in the next draft.Short-term pain for long-term gain. That basically sums up the "suck for Luck" campaign. Dolphin fans can rest easy knowing the team owner has their best interests at heart, even if that means losing a whole lot of games. After a Monday Night Football loss to the Jets, the 'Phins are sitting pretty at 0-5.