I think "nearly everybody ... wanted to see Brown ... cut" is an exaggeration. There were a few people that said some such foolishness, but Bersin is the one most want cut and believe Boykin is a better option than. Brown is salvageable and still a project. Bersin was once a pet project, and is now just a failed project.
That's my point. We're not judging Gettleman. We're judging the collective effort that's been made to support our franchise QB. Gettleman's done a MUCH better job than Hurney, but not enough to say we've appropriately built around our QB. Are there things Gettleman could have done to fix all our complaints? Probably not all of them. But SURELY he could have done something about Shula at the very least. Probably the travesty that our OL was last year too (and I'm not saying taking an OT in the first instead of KB, I was against the ones that were still available then anyway).
- The entire failure that the 2011 draft class after Cam was. - Keeping Shula instead of getting a real OC. - Keeping Bell. As a starter. (could have stopped after the first period) - Offensive skill players taken prior to KB last year: Pilares, Adams, Barner. - Believing Bell could be a replacement for Gross. - Believing Chandler could play RT, much less start there. Those are the major ones, and more than enough for me to be comfortable with my claim.
I always get a chuckle when people ignore the points people are making and keep arguing by cherry picking things to talk about and using hyperbole to imply people are saying things they're not. I won't speak for all of us in this conversation, but some of us are saying the job that's been done since our franchise QB was drafted. Not many, if any, are blasting Gettleman for that job. Gettleman has been by far the greatest GM we've had, so far. But the team has NOT put Cam in position to succeed since he got here. In addition to treading water (at best) on the offense like I mentioned, but keeping the ball and chain that is Shula is severely hindering Cam's current and possibly, but hopefully not, future potential.
I'm talking about since Cam has been drafted. Two picks in the past two years, 3 and 4 years after Cam was drafted, is a start but not nearly enough. Before KB the only real investment we made was Olsen (since I'm not only talking about making draft picks). Funchess still has a lot to prove. I wasn't a fan of him as a prospect, wasn't happy about him as a pick, but I'm strongly hoping I was wrong. I really want (and we really need) him to be good. The Barners, Gaffneys, Joe Adamses don't count as investments (for those trying to list late round wastes of picks as investments). Also I didn't say we have been ignoring Offense, I said largely ignoring. We have done a little: Olsen, Shockey, Oher, KB, maybe Funchess, Ginn kinda. But if you look at our offensive talent from when we got Cam and look at it now there really hasn't been any progress. Just treading water at best.
Nobody has said they wish our team was built like the Colts. They just wish more resources had been spent on giving Cam weapons like the Colts have done. They wish one aspect was like the Colts. Balance is key, you can't largely ignore the defense in building up your offense (like the Colts) or largely ignore the offense in building up the defense (like us).
what's even worse is that based on what counts the most so far, performing in pads against other teams, Boykin has been our BEST WR so far this year. I was never particularly high on Boykin, and was pretty meh about the signing but he has been our best WR so far and the preseason performances gave me a sliver of hope that we might just be serviceable at WR this year. Now its's gonna take Funchess having a KB like rookie year (not hardly likely) and Brown not only getting over these mental blocks he's going through right now, but actually improving over last year (possible, but not looking good so far).
My problem is less with cutting Boykin than it is with keeping Bersin over Boykin. If they think we can do better than Boykin, then it goes without say that we can do much better than Bersin. Boykin has the upper hand in just about every way legitimate way to compare them. Performance this preseason? Boykin easily. Bersin has what, 2 catches so far? Past performance? Boykin by a mile. He had a productive season two years ago, and last year was stuck behind Jordy Nelson, Randall Cobb, Davante Adams, etc. Bersin's claim to fame is a season of like 100 yards last year, stuck behind the likes of Jerricho Cotchery, Philly Brown (and KB). So like I said earlier, if we get rid of Bersin then I can see where Gettleman (and Ron) might be going with this. Keeping Bersin but getting rid of Boykin is beyond ludicrous.
Boykin has been our best WR in the preseason GAMES so far. I certainly don't see how he can get cut but Bersin is still here. I don't give a poo if Bersin balls out like a motherfuger in training camp with shorts on, he doesn't do poo with pads on against other teams. We don't score points or help our record in training camp or practice. And I don't see the ST angle that was mentioned earlier in this thread. Boykin helped our ST more by playing on a different team last year than Bersin did. The only way I can see this as not a stupid move is if Bersin also gets the axe and they roll with Norwood, Byrd and other "potential" guys and/or bring in another WR or two by some other means. There is no way Bersin deserves a spot of Boykin doesn't.