Re: Drafting Strategy of Thomas Dimitroff
posted at 4/21/2013 7:02 AM EDT
In response to RidingWithTheKingII's comment:
Many pink helmets here don't think what Dimitrioff learned from BB is valuable, because BB isn't a very good GM. Didn't ya know?
Dimitrioff learned at BB' s knee no doubt. His player management has been magnificent. He makes similar cold hearted decisions to BB. BB knows how to create tremendous opportunity in this cap climate, and Dimitrioff is following the blue print.
Then they do the opposite with that created opportunity.
I can't ever see BB signing a free agent RB to big money like Turner did.
I can't ever see BB trading those draft picks to move up to top 5 to choose a WR
I can't see BB trading for TGonzo
I can't see BB using a top 3 on a QB
I truly, truly, truly wonder if Brady played hard ball and wanted Flacco, Manning or Rodgers money if BB would have signed him or traded him.
I also contend that Kraft is very, very involved with NFL policy. When it comes to the team discussions, especially personnel and salaries, BB does a very good job of playing politician with his owner, as seen on the NFL network when discussing Vince. But make no mistake it is 100% BB making every decision on every player and money involved. I also contend trying to balance financials and BB's decisions is very, very much on Jonathan Kraft these days more so than Robert. BB would never leave the team because of football issues. He would leave from what he perceives as ownership issues. The one football issue Robert Kraft and BB would draw the line in the sand is Brady.
I think it is also very clear that if BB didn't think Brady could play at a high level for the next 5 years, the contract would have not been signed. Additionally, the " team friendly" contract Brady signed with the guarantees and bonuses gives Brady his money guaranteed, but removes the cap pressure from team building (BB) and puts the pressure on the wallet (Kraft). This is the culmination of BB understanding Brady's value, talent and ability to maintain that level for 5 years, Brady wanting to remain a Patriot his entire career but still get paid ( he got more guaranteed money than Flacco but came out of looking like a saint), and Kraft wanting to bang out the stadium every week and be on national TV more so than any team and build the brand which is very much due to Brady.
Blank is making a lot of decisions that BB is making, itis not (yet) on Dimitrioff. I bet Ryan gets a Flacco contract, which would be opposite of what BB would do.