Re: Special Thanks to BB the GM (And Scouts)
posted at 10/27/2013 11:17 PM EDT
In response to Harvey-Wallbanger's comment:
In response to rameakap's comment:
I am glad Bill can coach like a MASTER and spot talent that is there in the late rounds or undrafted.
but the main job of a GM is to NAIL top 100 picks at a high rate (not 30% since '06 rate) and address the 1-2 big holes per year a contender with a small window has with SOLID STARTERS not guys who 'were' starters 3 years ago before hitting age 30 or guys who are backups the team then asks too much of.
In that regard he has blown it when it comes to the most important responsibilities a GM has. Despite being an excellent and incredible head coach.
He nails 1st rd picks which is all you can ask. No one is better at using the draft, UDFAs and FA than BB. No one. There have been disappointments in terms of guys that didn't deserve second deals like a Maroney or Meriweather, but he's never whiffed like the Jets have, for example.
Bill Polian was just fired because he couldn't figure it out. Read that again.
The only argument is pre lockout 2009 or before where any contract or 2nd rd bust or beyond that where the ROI wasn't there. But, if he hits in FA or with a later rd pick, what is the harm?
It does not matter where a pick is picked since 2011. And, BB has proven that. The rookie cap supports that premise.
Learn the landscape before trying to take me on with this topic.
First round picks:
'06 - blown
'07 - blown
'08 - gifted one by SF, one was STOLEN by Goodall
'09 - traded away from Matthews (blown in my mind), blew Chung, Butler, Brace picks in 34-41 range, close enough to rd 1 IMO (unforgivable to not hit on 2 of those 3)
'10 - hit on McCourty and high 2nd rd pick Gronk
'11 - see Matthews comment when it comes to trading away from Wilkerson, pick 33 was blown on Ras-I
'12 - hit on Jones, Hightower still uncertain
'13 - traded away for Collins, Ryan and Boyce
So given 11 top 41 picks since '06 Belichick has blow 6 of them (over 50%) with a 7th (Hightower) still uncertain and traded away from two of the teams biggest needs in '09/'11 with Matthews/Wilkerson just waiting to become Patriots.
So 40% of 10 top 41 picks have been hits and 60% misses with an 11th an unknown.
If that is the job of the GM then Bill is lacking SLIGHTY.
This is the GM standard:
100% of top 12 picks
95% 0f picks 13-25
90% of picks 26-40
70% of picks 40-75
and 50% of picks 75-125
Add to that you need to fill your gaping holes on a contender (safety, cover LB's, pass rush from anywhere, etc.) with solid starters and not old vets and guys off the street
In that regard Bill has FAILED as a GM
He is a fantastic HC
What is the issue with saying that?