I'd be happy if Spielman had made more FA moves that made a little more sense rather than signing FA's that barely made the depth charts, if at all on other teams.
I liked the Claiborne pick & didn't have a problem taking the DB with the 2nd pick, but there's a lot more to the off-season than the first few picks of the draft.
You just had an personal agenda, like you do every year, to target one of our players & try to lobby to get him off the team.
You can sit there & beat your chest & say your boy Sully is starting, but the truth of the matter is you've been beating your chest & saying that about at least two of the Center prospects before Sullivan that they were going to take Birk's job as well.
No matter who we drafted, you said we'd be fine with them & all we needed to do is develop them. Dozens of them are gone never to be heard from again, but you don't talk about them. You point your finger at the few who made it & say, "See I told you so".
You've also claimed our OL has been fine for years when in fact it's been one of the worst in the NFL.
Spielman could have totally made nonsensical moves in the draft, but as long as he replaced or simply got rid of an ex-Puker player, you're on the Spielman bandwagon.
Contrary to what you are trying to sell Tark & others about me, I don't need to have RS sign HOF, cream of the crop type players, but I'd like to see him have signed some known proven players that are guaranteed that they can contribute at or above the level of the players they are replacing to at least keep us in contention rather than starting to look like a farm team.
What I see is him signing players from the bottom of the pool & crossing his fingers hoping to find a diamond in the ruff. That's not improving your team.
Personally, I don't believe we have the staff/coaching to coach a team loaded with talent, much less have them try to develop young players or FA that other teams discarded.
I just don't see that we had a whole lot of options available to us this off season. We're obviously rebuilding with huge holes all over the team and were sitting a lil tight with the cap to start with. On top of that, we're the worst team in possibly the best division in football, so many vets would choose elsewhere thinking they want to win now. And, we're just not at the point where signing one or two big name, big contract, but instant contributors was going to make the difference anyway. We did get a lot younger and took some chances on guys who could still develop into pretty good players with one year, "prove-it" contracts.
Looking at what he had to work with, I think Spielman did a pretty good job filling as many holes as possible, and setting us up with some extra picks for next year too.
Does it sound like Spielman is saying Chad may be our MLB this year, or am I reading too much into it?Quote:
I think when you're building your roster and you look at the center of your roster, from your center to your quarterback to your linebacker to your safety, those better be very intelligent people because that's who's directing traffic. Those are the guys making the calls and adjustments. With Chad Greenway, with John Sullivan, with Christian Ponder and now with Harrison Smith, not only do you have very good football players, but you have very intelligent football players.
I like Brinkley a lot though and think he could bring quite a bit to the table if he is all the way back and healthy.
For what we are paying him he should be the MLB.
2. From what you've been saying on this board, we should have never even drafted Sullivan or Ponder for that matter. We should have, to quote your logic, been "Developing the young talent we already have on our team."
So, using your logic, we should have been developing the 2 centers we had on our roster prior to Sullivan & still been trying to develop & groom John David Booty & Joe Webb as our future franchise QB.
3. I'll also reiterate. You and a kid from the Bleacher Report are part of a handful of people, if there are others, who claim he has played at a Pro Bowl level.
4. I wasn't wrong about anything. I never once said Sully wouldn't pan out. I said we should have resigned Birk for that season. Who had the better year?
Again, you just wanted Birk gone & wanted to insert a few different unproven centers simply because you had an agenda against him. Hell, you even complained about him when he didn't go to the "VOLUNTARY" mini camp.