Re: Reusing Old or Used Treads
posted at 2/19/2013 8:06 AM EST
In response to anonymis' comment:
getting back to the subject, it still appears that BB had more success in free agency between 2000-2004 vs. 2005-2012 - meaning SB wins.
The trick, I think, is finding the right players to help us beat teams like the Giants, 49ers, and Ravens.
So, what kinds of players would that be?
There have been some years we have gotten guys that were middle of the road - kind of a second tier level - and it worked out very well for us...guys heading into their prime. These guys didn't cost as much as the top players at their positions, but the drop off wasn't huge and we were able to sign many of them - I think that is what works best. Now I don't know if maybe there wasn't any of those type of players around the past 4 years, but what we have gotten instead were guys that were past their prime that did nothing to help this team. And we still paid some rather large dollars for them. Even the signings that people love to point to (Cater, Anderson, Waters) didn't help us for more than a season...we had to go out and spend resources to replace those guys...you don't get better doing that, you stay the same. Free agency is suppossed to improve you, not make you stay the same or get worse.
Last year I was really hoping and thinking we were going to improve as a team, instead I was totally stunned at who/what we signed...Fenene, Gregory, Addai, Gallery, Stallworth, Gaffney, Gonzalez, Lloyd, Schianaco, Fells, Ballard. Out of all those players only Lloyd was on the active roster for the start of the season, the rest had either retired, never made it to camp, been cut, been placed on the pup, been placed on the IR, or weren't active for the first game of the season. Incredible.
We have 18 million to spend, let's not use it as retirement packages for washed up players. That is a start - get back to what worked for us.