Originally posted by ninerlifer:
Originally posted by dj43:
Originally posted by DesiDez:
Of course Newsome will say something good about the guy. He drafted him.
According to Jim Tressel....
Tressel said being that he has never coached in the NFL, he didn't really know if Smith had what it took to be a starter in the pros. So he asked someone who did know.
"It's tough for me to project what they need at that level because I've never coached it, obviously never played it, so I really don't know much about that level of football," Tressel said. "When Troy had spent two years at Baltimore, I had a chance to spend some time with (general manager) Ozzie Newsome. He said to me, he said without question Troy was the finest natural leader that maybe he'd ever seen and that there was no doubt in his mind he was going to be a starter in the NFL.
"Troy, I guess he had a heck of a game," Tressel said. "I got a text from his quarterback coach saying, 'hey, he did a tremendous job and has done a great job leading.'"
OTOH, if Smith was such a great leader, why didn't regain his job from a very mediocre Joe Flacco?
I fear we are all building up great hope for a guy who has performed well against two weak teams. Let's hang back a bit until we see how he fares against the Bucs, GB and the Chargers. If we are still singing his praises after those three games, then we can indeed have high hopes for 2011.
all of this.
You do know that by the time Troy got well from his tonsillitis, Flacco was named the definitive "franchise" guy, right? (This isn't a Kolb situation, Flacco was a 17th overall pick in 2008, and was worth a heck of a lot more contractual money than Troy.)
It's not like Troy was in a QB competition with 'Colt McCoy' over in Baltimore. Flacco was always going to start; it was inevitable, even if Troy shined bright before Flacco was 'eased' into the starting role, Troy would have probably been traded!
So yeah, it's pretty hard for a 5th rounder to get a starting job back when you have a franchise first rounder (from Delaware) in front of you.
[ Edited by SnakePlissken on Nov 17, 2010 at 12:07:06 ]