Realistically speaking, we've basically clinched a top 15 pick this year. You'll get an instant starter.
That said. I'm hoping we win out in December, yet Ron still gets released. What I'm really looking for is some late game heroics by some of our younger players (Cam, LaFell, Hardy, Norman), and not displays of coaching prowess. I've seen enough of Ron. I'm sick of watching us get M.Bisoned in the 4th quarter of every game, and I'd never seen us lose that way with so much frequency until he started coaching. He's a good X's and O's HC, and by that I mean we're not getting dominated schematically, but he's just a horrible decision maker. I've touched on this point before, so I'd rather not waste time elaborating but you can easily understand what I mean if you've been following the team this season.
Winning out will do a couple of things for us. It'll boost the morale of the team we have now, and most of those players will still be here next season. It's extremely hard to turnover a huge chunk of the roster given our specific situation. It'll also make this team more attractive to prospective executives and coaches moving forward.
Back to winning out, the key word here is hope. We've got 4 opponents left (Atlanta, New Orleans, San Diego, Oakland). It took this team playing some of its best football this season against the Falcons in their first game and they still somehow beat us. Highly unlikely that we defeat them, but the rest of the opponents are definitely beatable. We lost Ron Edwards, who took whatever run defense we had with him, so that won't help us.
As for the new GM, I'm confident Accorsi can help direct Richardson to the right answer, and I hope Richardson stops being so involved in everything. There's a big chance one of the frontrunning HC candidates (Marc Ross, Greg Roman) get offered the job, and I hope they bring the mentalities of their superiors with them. An annoying characteristic of Hurney was the fact that he thought his scouting was infallible. Start Fua, sign the guys I drafted to ridiculous contract extensions with paralyzing amounts of signing bonus money, trade up for this soft roadgrader, trade up for some shitty Florida State DE. This team needs to sign more free agents from other teams to compete. Nobody drafts 7 starters every year, but Hurney acted like he did for a bit.
it does the team no good to lose out.
it's a whole lot more likely that we could win out and rivera be fired than losing out and trading our top 2 pick for a "whole slew of picks".
there's just really not anyone in this draft worth giving up a whole slew of picks for and there really isn't that much of a difference in quality of picks among the top 5-10. i just don't see much advantage or reason for a team to want to trade up all that much or give much.
i don't know that it matters where we pick in the top 10 because we're going to get a stud starter. there's just a good bit of quality picks at positions we need upgrading.
as i said before, i think it's important that this team look as good as possible for prospective GMs and HCs. this team has talent? you've got to show it on the field. if this looks like some team that only has a couple serviceable parts and needs to be completely gutted, who is going to want that except some scrub rivera level HC that's been turned down for a dozen HC opportunities already? or some over eager assistant/coordinator somewhere that no real competitive team would every look at but that we might have to settle on (i'm looking square at mike mccoy)?
what GM is going to want to take over a team that can't win, has no fight, and whose roster has to be completely redone?
it's safe to say that probably at least 90% of the team and even starters will be in tact (not current starters, but ones that would be starters if they weren't on IR). i'd like for those guys to be given a reason to hold their heads up going into the offseason and be upward trending. i don't want a bunch of guys feeling like losers because there's just been way too much of that mindset around here.
there has to be something more to build on going into next year for the new coaching staff and GM.