Originally posted by midrdan:
Originally posted by Memphis9er:
A show of hands...if you have ever been paid to make personnel decisions in the NFL please speak right up.
My hand isn't raised, but to suggest that the people in the front office are the best qualified to make personnel decisions simply because they work in the front office is a circular argument. There are tons of individuals that have made glaring, no brainer mistakes with personnel and draft decisions.
I will only address the B.J. Daniels move here because, to me, it is the one that has the biggest potential to backfire. Yes, B.J. Daniels can only be evaluated on his preseason showing. The guy was a 7th round pick that was mobile, moved the offense, and made plays in the fourth quarter. There was no compelling reason to let him go in exchange for a guy like John Skelton and many reasons to keep him even if, as some posters have suggested, he was a problem in the locker room (very doubtful - the kid is a 7th round backup that had no issues of "me first" coming out of college).
1. It is way too soon to say that he won't develop into a legitimate QB. Again, he played well in the opportunities given to him.
2. Even supposing that we had no plans of ever making him the No. 2, teams value QB really high. Are you telling me that with another strong preseason showing that Daniels would not have garnered trade interest? He seemed like the perfect player to turn into a higher draft pick than what was spent on him.
3. There is little financial impact to keeping him.
4. His mobility should have been an asset in practice in preparing for other mobile QBs.
If the team is going to release a guy like that I think they owe it to the fan base to provide a little more explanation than "We really like Skelton and its unfortunate B.J. had to go, we thank him for his contributions, etc."
Finally, a nice intelligent post...a post of reason; someone with an actual thought of their own instead of the same old, "well, since the FO thought it best, I'm good with it too." So far, not a single move we have made has worked in our favor (so far)? 2012 draft? Obviously, even the greatest FO of all time makes mistakes. Teams are obviously, literally, watching every personnel move we make and jumping on them, putting these moves even more under a microscope.
I don't understand the ratoionale that we're "stockpiling picks" or "we're developing them for the future" either. Last year we couldn't GIVE our picks away. And who the hell wants a late 7th anyways? Developing for the future? You mean like Cam Johnson who we gave away for a late 7th? Haralson, cool...that clearly was a move for salary cap AND to get him on a team where he could start; win-win. We still don't have a real NT, OT or pure FB should Miller get hurt (and he's been hit pretty hard a few times already). I'm happy that Lockette, Cooper, Gray, Hawkins, etc. all got picked up as well...with Lockette, we got Baldwin who's taken a while to learn the playbook; we hope he starts to shine. We're still waiting for Harper to be activted. Obviously we'd all feel more comfortable with Hawkins returning kicks for us and perhaps, in the slot as well. Gray might have been a good fit for us in the H-back role and Cooper is exactly what this team needed....young, 6'2" 192 CB who I highlighted during pre season, looked good and just needed some more time (guess I was wrong on the "time"part).
But to stay in context, I don't care what they do elsewhere; all IMHO, would be good fits for us...right now AND in the future
. Most would have been active on ST either way (Johnson - punt blocker and coverage and pass rush specialist, Hawkins - slot and P/KO returner, Lockette - gunner and maybe the X and Z, maybe Gray and Cooper).
Anyhow, not happy with many of these moves but that's OK. We'll just have to see how everything pans out down the road. Perhaps we can revisit this thread at the end of the year for perspective.
[ Edited by NCommand on Oct 2, 2013 at 3:31 PM ]