I'm still not sweating it one way or the other. Even if it's the most important preseason game, it's still the preseason. If we get blown out, we still have time to make adjustments before the regular season. If we do well, we can build on that and move forward. All I care about is our team staying healthy. Couldn't care less about the score.
No risk, high reward if he worked out, and we needed depth at the tackle position. I'm not even sure we would have had to pay him his salary this year. It would have been dumb NOT to try and pick him up off waivers. Young Tackle a year or two removed from the second round, high upside that you don't have to pay? personal issues aside, you pick the guy up and hope for the best. He has personal demons to conquer so he retired to no fault of our own.
Yeah, can you really even hold the punter accountable for those stats? It'd be one thing if they measured average hangtime or distance, but Net Average is definitely a "Unit" stat, not solely the punter's responsibility. The entire ST sucked last year.
He did. He put in Norwell. He didn't put in Scott or Velasco when they were healthy. He kept the guy in that did the job the best. And he has kept his job. If he were as terrible at evaluating talent as people claim he is, he would send Silatolu right back out there and name him the starter. Same with Chandler. It's really a matter of perspective and the situation at hand. The O-line was a wreck from the get-go, and silatolu actually looked serviceable the prior year before he was injured. O-lines need chemistry, and half our O-Line retired. It made sense to keep some semblance of familiarity on that line by putting Amini next to Kalil because they knew each other for 2 years. Same reason they put Chandler at RT and Bell in at LT. They were going to try and fight the lack of talent with what little chemistry they had at their disposal. The draft comes and we spend a third rounder on a big school RG in Turner. We pencil him in as day one starter just because we have to. We also picked up some Caveman looking mofo in Norwell as a UDFA. A guy that hadn't been as highly scouted or analyzed as our third round draft pick. A guy that had to grind it out to make the squad. He did that and he earned his jersey. Then the bullets started flying. Amini proved he was either still not healthy, or a turd, and eventually went down with injury. Crap what do we do now? Throw out this unknown UDFA that doesn't know the playbook, or put in this vet Velasco that has been around the block and is a known commodity. Not the best, but you know you get a pro that can play. That Norwell kid has been solid, but you still don't trust him enough to take the reigns yet. More bullets fly. Turner goes down for a few games. Well poo, Velasco is a better RG than LG anyway, so we should shoot him over to that side and have him do his thing there. Time to give the unknown rookie a shot becuase at practice he has shown out better than Chris Scott (who also started a few games the year prior). More bullets fly and the kid holds up. We like what we see so we keep him in there. We don't put velasco back in when Turner gets back becuase the line is now doing better with this UDFA and Turner is a better option (even though in the Rivera is Anti-rookie camp, their logic would lead to Rivera keeping Velasco in over Turner after injury. Didn't happen). Norwell now understands the playbook enough to warrant that confidence and he's playing like a solid LG. Things are looking up. Keep in mind in that same time frame had both starting Tackles go down. One had to be replaced by a Canadian that hadn't played real football, and the other was replaced by a guy that was just scooped off a practice squad in Denver a few weeks before. The situation was so poo last year, it's amazing Cam is breathing. But after shuffling things around, we were able to pull two starters out of our ass that look like long term solutions to the problem that is the Panthers O-line. In a perfect world, we would have know what we had in Norwell from the get go. Same can be said about the 5 teams that cut James Harrison before he landed on the Steelers. I will fault Rivera for many things including Clock Management, Pussying out in crunch time, and poor choices in Offensive coordinators, but I can't fault him for not starting Unknown/injured rookie commodities in the vacuum of last year's roster (even though he started a bunch of friggin rookies).