Does that mean the FO is right?
they obviously made a mistake in drafting mcclain, but you know what? it happens to every team with frequency. they all draft busts in early rounds. people draft DTs all the time even though they have a high bust rate. it's just going to happen. that's life....people make mistakes. nobody is immune to it, i don't care who you are or what position you have in life. i don't care how old you are. i don't care how many degrees you have. i don't care what your grades are. i don't care how much money you have, you are going to make mistakes and if you don't think that's acceptable....well tough sh1t. it happens.
what makes people failures isn't that they make mistakes...it's what they do with those mistakes. do they own up to them? do they make adjustments? do they work to rectify the situation? if they do this...that is acceptable because it's absolutely what they should be doing.
what makes people failures is a lack of inaction. it's just accepting it ("it is what it is") or, even worse, ignoring it. what ever the case, they don't do anything to fix it. sometimes they just get pissy and walk around bitching and moaning about themselves and/or everyone else. sometimes they get depressed and don't do anything. THAT marks a failure.
here's one thing i know people aren't going to find acceptable...taking risks and failing with them. same with thinking outside the box and having it come back to bite you in the butt. i don't buy that, tho. risk taking isn't for everyone. neither is thinking outside the box. it's the way growth happens and it's how people succeed. they do the things that others won't knowing that they could fail.
again, that's an area that what they do next that marks them as a failure. do they try to rectify the situation? yes. now they all might not follow the same timeline and they might not treat every situation the same. there should be double standards...even triple or quadruple or whatever. every situation requires unique attention and effort. same with every person as a parent or leader.
is hurney taking too long with AE? not my call. tough question tho, because again, i wouldn't have put us in that situation. i would have taken another risk. they have a plan of action with AE, but at some point they'll come to a realization that this just isn't going to work....or they might succeed.
now if this was a crucial position or situation i might be a little less patient, but seeing as how we are talking about what to do with a 3rd string QB or a 5th string WR or whatever....it doesn't really matter that much. it doesn't matter how they were acquired at this point, either. again, i thought it was a mistake out of the gate (although at the beginning i might have bought the hype in the heat of the moment, but that's just something i wouldn't have done myself). what's done is done, though, and now it's a matter of seeing how it all plays out.
“It’s not the note you play that’s the wrong note—it’s the note you play afterwards that makes it right or wrong.”
“To live a creative life, we must lose our fear of being wrong.” —Joe Pierce (and to this i'll add that anything that requires building, requires creativity and risk taking...including trying to build a football franchise.)