Step 1: Acquire another team's backup QB to be your new starter. Point to his potential and ability to be a leader and keep the team in games. Ignore his inability to WIN games.
CHECK: Alex Smith acquired
Step 2: With a high 1st-round pick, insist there is no QB worthy of that high pick and that it is best to wait until later in the draft and get a similar QB at better value.
- 2A: After all worthwhile QBs go off the board between 1st and 2nd round picks, again point to value and draft BPA.
- 2B: Continue 2A until drafting a Ricky Stanzi/Pat Barnes in Round 5 or later
CHECK: Drafting a QB early avoided. Tyler Bray signed as UDFA to replace Step 2B
Step 3: Say you will wait until next year to draft a QB in the 1st and develop a franchise guy.
And... here... we... are
Step 4: Slog to somewhere between 7-10 wins and talk up how "competitive" your season was and how "close" the team is.
Step 5: When next year comes, watch in feigned dismay as all the "good" QBs go off the board before your pick. Sigh, sell "BPA available" and draft for that, saying "We're too close to winning something big to reach on a QB at this pick. Other needs must be addressed. We'll get a similar QB later at a better value."
- Step 5a: Again watch in dismay as no similar QBs are available by the next pick. Again draft BPA.
- Step 5B: Rinse and repeat 5A until eventually arriving at 2B.
Step 6: Talk up previously acquired backup QB, now-starter and how much talent you've added in the draft around him. Reference "weapons" and "chunks."
Step 7: Repeat Steps 5-6 for 2-3 more years, then reset at Step 1.
"You gotta love livin', cause dying is a pain in the ass."