I believe the genius drafting before this year was Childress, not Spielman.
Easier to look good when you have the 3rd best draft pick in every round.
Perhaps that doesn't compute to you all but I'll hold out to see what he does with our picks this year. My guess is the same shit he was doing before. Find a couple of defensive player but whiff on offense.
And you also keep ignoring the movement in the draft - something that was done very well. Had we just sat on our picks and drafted BPA every time I could see where you are coming from. But we targeted certain players and moved around to get them at the best value. Isn't that what you keep saying we should be doing with the QB position? We did it very well at other positions of need.
I agree that I want to see him duplicate the success, and I get that you don't have faith that he can do it again. But that doesn't take away from the fact that he did very well this year. Maybe he was a one year wonder, maybe not. But it was still a good draft and like it or not Spielman deserves some credit for it.
It was a good draft. Unfortunately some people must believe that is the only thing the GM does.
How many here though this was the best FA ever? Not to many I'll bet.
Being GM means more than the draft. Trading our 3rd to a 4th wasn't genius either. If it was, then many of us here are geniuses.
Being GM also takes making good FA acquisitions, good FA trades & being able to retain the good players you have.
He totally botched the handling of Harvin during pre-season & now it's blowing up in his face. Had he worked out some type of extension earlier this season, we wouldn't be seeing Harvin as disgruntled as he is now. Instead Spielman was working on an extension for Loadholt so fans could continue to enjoy watching him give up sacks & rack up penalties.
And I have been very vocal about the shitty free agency - that isn't what this thread is about though. It isn't titled "2012 Free Agency... one to remember?"...
And when news came out a few weeks before the draft that Spielman was open to trading down, there was a LOT of negative comments on here about how it was a bad idea and we need to stay put and not miss out. There were also a lot of other comments about how a trade would be great but that was easier said than done. When draft day came, we traded down ONE spot and picked up an extra pick as a result, so Cleveland could pick a player that we didn't want. That means we either played another team(s) against Cleveland to get them to panic and move up or we completely bluffed them. Either way it WAS a good move, and not one that ANYBODY on this forum could have pulled off, despite your claim otherwise.
Its pretty much gone unnoticed by most that he has maintained double digit avg. 5 receptions along with 9 or 10 targets against the Texans might be an indicator he is figuring out how to get in and out of his breaks.
I really think that we will look to both the FA and Draft to fix our WR issues. I would love to see Bowe added. Mostly because he fits the age/year group of the team and I read a comparison between him and V-Jax (Who I am a huge fan of). Additionally, this draft has some real nice depth in the first 3 rounds when it comes to WR's who can run the part of the route tree I think we are missing (4, 5, 6, and 7 routes) which Bowe can do as well.
Just in case, I've started to look at some options if Percy isn't resigned, but again, I think Jarius will help in that are. Some candidates are: Denard Robinson (QB coming in as a WR/Freaky fast, can throw, run and catch), Stedman Bailey (Very productive WR built like a RB).
One comment, I think he has a good record when it comes to FA's especially when you consider that last year he didn't have a unlimited checkbook to spend with.
Lets see if he can land a guy like Bowe (gonna get V-jax type money) to put a Vet bandaid on our WR corps now that the stadium deal is done.