Originally posted by nw9erfan:
As much as I respect NC's viewpoints, I have to give the nod to Chauncey in this thread...
I just think guys like QB Daniels, "TE" Gray, DL Okoye, WR Lockette, OT Netter, NT Divens, and CB Cooper have a much greater chance of landing on the practice squad than making the 53. Also, guys like QB McCoy, WR K Williams, LB Haralson, and even DL Tukuafu / Dobbs are, to put it simply, unlikely to get cut. Now, guys like C Goodwin and CB Rogers? Time will tell with those 2. I can see both of them cut unless they agree to re-work their deals.
The team needs vets in some areas. They got burned in the SB because they didn't have enough pass rushing, D-line, and ST depth and/or experience (just as I predicted in the beginning of last season). I just think NCs roster is a little on the youthful / inexperienced side.
OK, now you're just hurting my feelings. LOL. Absolutely...you know me, I rarely go "safe and predictable." A few factors lead me to this youth movement and like the draft, I tried my best to pick like Baalke would; I did fairly well with that approach so I tried to adopt it here as well:
- Even on a stacked team, ask yourself how many players we've drafted and then let go...not many huh?
- We've seen a purging of the previous regime over the past few years and very few hold overs.
- This coaching staff is not afraid to start younger players if they feel they are ready and some were right away (Miller) while others were developed (Boone)
- With a stacked team now, we may for the first time, start seeing players brought in for specific roles in specific packages (example, Morris as a slot CB but also adds to ST as a gunner)
- We have clearly gone away from one-trick-pony type players and look for players who can fit specific roles but with a multiple skill set
- This coaching staff loves to develop players now to be ready instantly (if possible) with an obvious eye on the future (Okoye, Lattimore, Looney, etc.).
- So while players such as QB McCoy, WR Williams, OLB Haralson and DL Tukuafu/Dobbs are all safe and known products, at what point do the youngsters immediate talent, multi-faceted skill sets and long-term growth/development/potential overtake the aforementioned? Perhaps, that time is now...