Originally posted by jimbagg:
Just a thought here.
Could it be (now that we see things in retrospect) that McCloughan declined to compete financially for Smiley, because McCloughan knew that Smiley was damaged goods, and that McCloughan had learned from the Jonas Jennings experiment, that he didn't want to go there again, that is, investing big FA $ in a fragile player?
Parcels who certainly knows O-linemen really wanted Smiley. At the time, it seemed that McCloughan's famous quote, you can get guards", explained his lack of interest in re-signing Smiley. Maybe that was selling McCloughan's judgement a little short.
Smiley had played hurt with the Niners (16 games with a torn shoulder labrum), which was the same injury that Jennings could NOT play through. Maybe all that toughness by Smiley took its toll, and that the club's doctors made that fact known to McCloughan. Maybe the Niners medical staff at Stanford was sharper that the Dolphins medical staff in examing Smiley.
No...he wasn't re-signed because he didn't fit the blocking sheme we were trying to run. I don't understand how that is so hard for people to comprehend? We wanted a physical mauling type offensive line. That was not and is not Smiley's strength. Put him in a zone blocking scheme or let him run pulls - you have a good guard. You ask him to get physical and muscle a defense - he can't do it. Thus, bye bye! pretty simple really.