Originally posted by dj43:
Originally posted by rage49:eh, there was a lot more to the Nate Davis situation than Troy in Balti. Davis had clearly shown he was not prepared to play in this league yet. Now that is not to say that he may not be ready at some point in the future. Point is; he had no idea coming out of Ball State how huge the leap was to play in the NFL.
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?
For the same reason Sing decided to go with AS instead of Nate Davis.
I don't know if I buy this.
In Nate Davis's first year, coaches openly said that they made the playbook simple for him. During this time, he played incredible in the preseason.
This season, instead of suggesting anything about making things simple for him, rather, they suggested the opposite.
"He hasn't learned as much of the playbook as I would have liked."
"He needs to understand its different at this level."
"We'll give him a look, and see how he is able to handle it."
After Nate Davis looked confused this preseason, Singletary said, paraphrasing:
"He didn't look prepared to me."
"I would feel better if he had set some goals with the playbook last off season."
This last preseason, they threw Nate Davis out there with most of the playbook, with its "brilliant" shifts, formations etc (and we all know those things were the secret to Jimmy Raye's success), making it hard on him, almost to prove a point. They proved that, when given a complicated playbook, you had better know it very well, if you want to be effective. Instead of adapting to Nate Davis, they chose instead to make him look foolish by giving him a difficult playbook which they knew he had no mastery of. I think it's clear that they are not WILLING to simplify the playbook for Nate Davis.
With Troy Smith, on the other hand, the coaches have openly said that they have simplified the playbook for him, just like they did for Nate Davis his first year. "Coincidentally," the less grasp of the playbook our player's have the better they seem to play.
Personally, I think the play book is greatly overrated, and we should adapt it to our players, rather than forcing them to master a playbook that has proven to give us nothing in return.
Who knows? Maybe Joe Flacco had a much better grasp of the playbook over in Baltimore? And the Baltimore coaches thought his playbook mastery would make a big difference to their team.
[ Edited by BrianGO on Nov 17, 2010 at 15:35:56 ]