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Give it up Russ. You can have it both ways, and people have long being seeing through your propaganda here. I don't think the situation the Ravens were in (before acquiring Monroe) was any different than the situation we are currently in by losing VW. The difference is...Ozzie decided to do something about it now, give his team the best possible chance. How can that be considered a bad move? Meanwhile, your boyfriend is going to plug the big hole with a bunch of castoffs and UDFAs.
So one is considered desperate and a bad move, and the other is considered brilliant?
What? Trading for your 20 mil per QB's blindside protector midseason is good management?
Why don't YOU give up? Monroe was a bust/disappointment in Jax. That O Line has sucked and has been their main problem protecting whichever QB they use. WHy do you think went Tackle in the draft? By accident? 8th overall pick in 2009 is AVERAGE and can't even get a second deal? 8th overall. Read it and weep. Sucks for where he was drafted.
Makes Vollmer look like a future HOFer.
It's not "fishy" at all. What will you do if Balt loses to Miami and drops to 2-3? Call it fishy, too?
Were we trading for cornerstone pieces after a SB season, mid season? Wake up. Balt should be 1-3 right now and they're luck they're not.
The Ravens weren't in a cap hell swapping out such a large part of their roster overnight and that's how our strategic position was this offseason? You sure about that, Lifer?
Please go away with your awful counters. They're terrible.
Pitt and NYGs 0-4 due to poor cap management. I predicted they'd miss the playoffs two years in a row, Balt to finish 9-7 and to miss the playoffs this year and next.
Why did they trade in mid-season for an OT to protect Flacco? Didn't they have a LT to start the season?
You missed the point wonderboy. The point being that Ozzie is willing to make trades to benefit his team NOW, not limp by with some UDFA's to fill a probowl void. I'm not saying Monroe is all world, but he represented the best option for them now, and he came at a cheap price (late round draft picks).
Honestly, I expected BB to be putting out feelers on DT's as soon as VW went down to try and solidify the now porous line. The best way to have managed this situation would have been not to get into it in the first place...ie, draft a big interior DT which is what 99% of this board called for prior to the draft. He hasn't built good depth on the dline. He put too much stock in an FA out of Canada, and 2 older DT's. Behind them, there is no one. Vellano has been decent, but other than that, there is nobody behind Kelly at the moment.
WHat's your solution? go with what we have at DT, or make a trade to acquire a DT? Ozzie took the latter route, which you can argue the validity of this all day, but he had to. Whether BB "has to" now given VW went down is something to argue about. I believe he should and has to. Otherwise you are going to see some exploitation of the middle of this defense like we haven't seen in years with VW at the helm.
1. You have no idea what BB is doing. I would imagine a LT is a bit more important than a reserve DT, Cork. Ugh.
2. BB traded for Talib last year, mid season. So, you lose there.
3. They may very well like Vellano as a starter and 6th rd pick Jones's work so far with the idea of Chandler Jones kicking inside with more BUchanan on the outside as a starter.
You keep mocking BB for having supposed hacks here, but Vellano and Buchanan have impressed, regardless of WHERE they were picked.
Finally, this was a deep DT draft this year, so a 6th rd pick Jones may not be as void of talent as you are implying.
Renting Eugene Monroe for a year out of desperation is not sound management AT ALL.
If we lost Solder and didn't have a Cannon or a Vollmer to slide over and BB was trading for bust LTs, you tools would be all over him here.
Finally, I stated my solution on my last post and suggested the strategy of waiting until MORE teams fall way out of race.
1. There are a lot of bad teams who botched the post cap CBA situation which is why there are so many poorly built teams. Now, it's time to use that as leverage.
2. Wait until more teams get worse and start firesaling, all but telling their fans they are selling out the year and going into mini rebuild mode, and take your pick.
Just because BB doesn't knee jerk a move for you tools so you can sleep under that blankie soundly at night doesn't mean there is no plan or approach on the table.
The move last year with Talib was brilliant. I would have puked again if he sent Edelman into the secondary or signed another fry cook from Burger King.
I'm not saying he hasn't inquired around the league. We don't know for sure. But I am suggesting he do exactly what he did last year with Talib and make a trade for a DT. I agree that as the season goes on, as more teams fall out, he should have his pick of DTs.