Thoughts that occur watching conference championship games…

If the Ravens put their franchise tag (not the exclusive-rights one) on Joe Flacco, would you consider giving up the No. 1's for him and cutting your losses with Jay Cutler?

The Bears gave up two No. 1's for Cutler, who'd never been to the playoffs, so what do you trade for a quarterback who beat Andrew Luck, Peyton Manning and Tom Brady in this postseason alone and has never not been in the playoffs?

GM Phil Emery won't make that deal; he's already without a third-round pick because of the Brandon Marshall trade. And the Ravens know what they've got with Flacco.

But neither Emery nor Marc Trestman have skin the Jay Cutler game. So…

Overrating "weapons"

Matt Ryan did not get any further with Tony Gonzalez, Julio Jones and Roddy White than Jay Cutler did with Earl Bennett, Devin Hester and Johnny Knox. When you are guilty of an interception and unforced fumble within 20 minutes of a Super Bowl, it's not about "weapons;" it's about the plays you make or don't make when it matters…

Don't forget Matt Forte in 2013

Three of the final four teams ranked in the top 11 for rushing (San Francisco 2nd, New England 7th, Baltimore 11th). Atlanta had some success but could not hold a 17-0 lead and were out-rushed 148-81…