Re: All in for 2013!
posted at 2/5/2013 9:26 AM EST
In response to BabeParilli's comment:
In response to mthurl's comment:
In response to BabeParilli's comment:
I think the GM will do that. His MEDIOCRE team that he has built around Brady needs emergency surgery. His actions of last year show his sense of desperation. Unfortunatly the moves didn't really work out. Let's pray he gets lucky because purely on skill, he hasn't got it done.
Both sides of the ball have paper thin functionality. Without Gronk the offense is well apt to be castrated against good teams as the running game withers and the receivers too often drop the groceries if they can even manage to get open. Without Talib the D reverts to the mickey mouse club that gives up real estate like France in 1940.
At the very least for offense he needs a WR who can make the sideline and the deep ball threats. At the very least he needs a crackerjack CB to stabilize the secondary that can stay on the field. More than that would be better.
It's the truth, isn't it?
Here Baltimore spent to the cap and are headed into "salary cap hell". Yet they were able to lose their starting corner and survive. They were able to have two of their best front seven players play nowhere near 100% and not miss a beat. They draft low every year (just like us) and yet you sit there and watch these recievers they have run around out there like they were shot out of cannons...catching everything within 7 yards of them. They roll out this second string running back and he plays the way our second round selection runner only dreams of.
Something tells me we would of looked like that if we had not botched free agency the last three years. It's almost as if we approached free agency like it was a disease - any name player in his prime was going to infect and kill us all!! Scary...stay away from them! Instead let's sign cheap backups, nobody's and huge character risks (because they are cheap...Haynesworth, Ocho). With the millions and millions in cap space that we had saved up over the years, we ended up with four decent players Lloyd (who may get cut), Carter (who couldn't last past November and got three of his eight sacks in one game), Anderson (who was a one trick poney that wanted to get paid...and did elsewhere) and Brian Waters (who went home and sulked after we wouldn't pay him more).
Now out of those four guys, three of them didn't last for more than a season. And it's very likely that one of them (Lloyd) may get cut this spring.
I have no problem with trading down. But you better damned well have a plan on who you think you can get and you had better be right that they are a major contributor. This hasn't happened with BB much at all to say the least.
How in the hell can a person possibly miss on so many defenders year after year after year? Even Millen's record looks not so bad when compared to that aspect of BB's team building.
Meriweather, Wheatley, Chung, Brace, Butler, McCourty, Cunningham, Spikes, Dowling, Jones, Hightower and Wilson; 12 second round or higher picks for D, over an entire defense worth of players in 6 years; and can a one of them be called a "standout" player? ONE?
How can you possibly blow something so badly? A blind monkey could do better by accident. And even in the lower rounds you can sometimes find a special player but BB hasn't found one for D except maybe Dennard.
And his FA tactic is obvious. Instead of investing in a true elite player and taking his chances on the guy succeeding, he signs several lower cost hope and a prayer guys and prays they perform. That way he doesn't take the heat when they fail because he spread out the money and nothing sticks out like a sore thumb.
It appears BB's tactic with team building is quantity over quality and just hope for luck. He used up all his luck the day he drafted Brady.
And people wonder why we fall just short and want to blame Brady because he can't carry this MEDIOCRE team on his back through the playoffs as well as the season. It's obvious as to why. Too many poor decisions by the GM.
Well you're not afraid to call things early (Hightower and Spikes). I'm going to wait a little on Hightower, but I could go either way on Spikes. On one hand he plays with intensity and has some good instincts, can cause a fumble and is a huge linebacker. On the other hand you can run a backup tight end in front of his face on a crossing pattern and all the guy will have to do is put a shoulder fake in there, and it will leave 10 yards of seperation between them. The guy scares me a little with his off field reputation and he gets hurt - he also looks like he doesn't exactly stay in shape...they going to pay this guy long term? I don't think so, he runs like Bart Scott right now and he's ten years younger. But I can live with what he's giving us, it's not like he was a top ten pick, I'd say he is more than servicable for where he was selected.
Hightower is going to need to improve and I hope he does.