Can't rep you, so pie.
Fiametta, who is younger and more talented than Hoover, unfortunately hasn't played to Hoover's level. Bernadeau, younger than Vincent, hasn't played to Vincent's level. Actually, he's flat out sucked. Schwartz gets a pass because, even though he sucks at T, he's an injury fill-in and will hopefully kick back in to G. Moose could come back today and out-perform our faster rookie WRs. Etc etc.
I think we just dumped too many guys at once.
Exactly. It wasn't that we dumped a few guys who were old but we dumped half of our starters, promoted guys who had little experience and replaced them as backups with guys with even less experience if any. We said we have plenty of veteran leadership left but not from what I see. On that last TD drive by Cincy, they marched down the field and we had at least 2 blown coverages which accounted for almost all of the yards. I would like to think that veterans over there like Harris and Diggs would have prevented that.
I have said all along that it was too much too quickly. Obviously since cost cutting was king, it didn't matter to the powers that be. Perhaps when we suck terribly all year, they might figure out what went wrong and stop dismantling the team by letting Wiliams, Davis, Kalil and a number of others go. That really is the only bright side. If this team had played well Richardson would have figured they could gut the team again and it would still be okay. Only by being so bad will Richrdson realize he went too far and we can't keep doing it without sucking even worse in the future.