Originally posted by buck:
BJ Daniels has not played in a regular season game. Cutting him might have been a mistake, but at this point, calling his release a mistake is premature.
Your notion of a circular argument is somewhat confusing. Expert opinions are generally given more weight than non-expert opinions, but that certainly does not mean that each and every expert opinion is correct.
But, I do believe that it is safe to say that Baalke has made mistakes and will make more mistakes in the future.
I do not think that the front office owes the fan base more of an explanation for the release of BJ Daniels than the owe us for the release of any player that has been released so far this year.
In my estimation, the only player released this year who had earned anything from the team was Parys Haralson--and the team publicly praised him.
I believe that Parys earned the trade and that the trade gave him a reasonable opportunity to earn a starting spot.
I disagree that it requires an expert opinion to evaluate whether a personnel move is a good one. But even assuming that it does, I do not believe that one can only qualify as an expert by being in the front office. I guess that was the point I was trying to convey.
I don't think anyone is arguing that B.J. Daniels has actually done anything in a regular season game - he hasn't. Prospects are difficult to evaluate in the NFL because there are few roster spots available for developmental players. But as an analogy, I thought it was a mistake when the SF Giants traded Zach Wheeler for Carlos Beltran. At that point, Wheeler hadn't played in a major league game - I believe he was at AA. For every touted AA player that actually makes it there are dozens if not hundreds that don't. Nevertheless, I hated giving up a touted prospect at a key position for a rental player. But Sabean came out and said that he thought Wheeler was going to be a stud but that he was the only player teams wanted in exchange for the type of player Sabean was looking to acquire and that Beltran was an acquisition the Giants felt they needed to make to get back to the World Series. Beltran was a very good player, who would have played every day for the Giants if not for injury. Though I did not like the deal, I understood Sabean's logic because he came right out and provided it. He didn't need to justify trading a minor league player to the fans - but he did.
Here, you're getting rid of your prospect for a veteran that won't play at all. Does anybody seriously think our team goes anywhere with Skelton at QB? So why release the prospect for someone that either doesn't play or, worse, is forced to play because our star and backup QBs are gone to injury and our season already lost?
I disagree that the front office owes the fans nothing. We pay very steep ticket and concession prices to go to games. The new stadium prices are insane. As a fan being asked to pay those prices, it is not unreasonable for me to expect the business to explain its long-term objectives.