Re: Consistently being good or tanking and being great?
posted at 1/25/2014 8:56 AM EST
Well the thing is you don't have to tank to be good, there is other ways aside from the draft alone, there is free agency. I believe we should of taken a risk and went for it at least once during the past 7 years since 07, because I believe it would of brought us a super bowl, i really do. The year before 07 ( the year we chose not to resign Branch and ended up with Reche Caldwell) was another example of how our budgeting cost us a super bowl. Remember that year? We were mere minutes away from winning in Indy, yet we blew a 20 point lead, how would that of gone if we were playing at home? How would it of gone if we had Branch instead Caldwell dropping balls that hit him right in the hands? Because we would of played Chicago in that Super Bowl and Chicago didn't represent the NFC well...hell even Manning didn't screw that up.
What are we so worried about of as fans if we go for it? Let's say we spend big and the following year end up having to cut players or have to sign lower priced free agents for a year...do you watch what this team does anyway? That is exactly what we do virtually every year! How did our last three off seasons go, seriously? WE signed Fanene, Gregory, A. Wilson, Schiancoe, Fells, Lloyd, Shaun Ellis, Robert Gallery, Trevor Scott...hell even Andre Carter and Mark Anderson were bargain basement signings. So basically we already ARE operating as if we spent big and went for it, yet we haven't.
And let's not forget every year for the past 3-4 years this team has had to spend October and November trying out and signing street free agents...guys that weren't even in football, to come START on this team and play in our biggest games of the year. We literally march in and out 20 different guys from October till December. That is what you expect from teams that spent wildly in free agency and lost, but there is a flip side to it as well...this is what happens when you don't initially sign the right players and have to go to your 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th options to find someone who can play. Do you remember us doing this when the team was stacked with guys like Rodney Harrison, Seymore, Ty Law, Bruschi, McGinnest, Givens, Branch, Patten, Dillion, Vrabel? Hell no!
If we are going to continue to shop in the bargain bin then at least sign the right guys, I don't have a lot of confidence that we can do that...which is why I'd love to see them take a calculated risk in the Macy department. I can live with the consequences of having to "pay" for that two years from now.