Rock Sexton wrote:
Clever.....but I think it's you on their nuts with the way you are making excuses for their shortcomings. You continue to almost apologize for them and the simple fact that players don't want to come and play here. I am fine with the moves they have made so far, especially BMarsh, I just think they have missed the boat on some of these guys too. I expect little else to happen before the draft so we we will see what they can do with that.
Let's analyze that statement one more time ...... "Players don't want to come here"
Explain to me Dansby, Burnett, Bush, and Marshall (both). Then in the same breath you say "I'm fine with the moves so far" to create further ironies.
They have a set value they place on players due to salary cap implications and if they cannot get the players for the right price, they move on instead of over-extending themselves. Again, great teams build thru the draft and manage their cap. We haven't even seen a draft yet with Philbin and his staff. Most of this crap has to do with Peyton Manning who was never coming here in the first place. We couldn't even afford him. Once that bubble popped all the guys pining to find any reason to declare "Danger Will Robinson" crawled up from out of their fox holes.
I do not find them faultless by the way. Ireland should've never gone into last season with turnstile like Colombo manning right tackle and last year Ross was making a spectacle of himself with comments in the media. His comments about Henne being the next Dan Marino and finding the next Don Shula were just pure nonsense. Alas, I've noticed as of late (especially during this Manning spectacle) he has remained low profile. It's the media who won't let him live down his previous mistakes and if he doesn't throw a boat load of dough at any free agent declared "the next Miami Dolphins franchise QB" then they label him a moron.
Bush and Marshall were traded, so it's not like they chose to come here. They were unwanted by their previous teams.
Danbsy happened under Parcell's watch, Ireland isn't getting credit from me for that one.
I will certainly give Ireland credit for Burnett, he really came on in the second half of the year and this looks like a great signing.
Richard Marshall I think is a good depth/nickel signing.
Again, I understand what you mean by not throwing cash everywhere simply for the sake of doing it. I just believe the way things are going it is going to be tough to get FA to come here. Perception is reality for everyone, the more people "don't want to come here", the less they will want to come here. If the word on the street among players or agents is that there is no stability or that the coach isn't calling the shots, it's going to be tough to convince them otherwise.