Excellent post. I guess one place where I differ from the masses is Hurney get's a huge pass on the 2009-11 free agency period from me becuase of JR. (He's still to blame for the Everette Brown,Armanti Edwards, Terrell Mcclain,and Clausen picks).
I agree with you on this..we are still recovering from 10-11 where if that did not happen the extensions and such would have been better spread out.
It probably even hindered/restricted the 09 focus as well which is when Hurney started to go pick trade crazy bc he probably only got permission to use the Draft to help the roster.
Add Corvey Irvin to that list..
I was too a Hurney apologist as I would have resigned the same players minus the Godfrey, James Anderson contracts. but again bc of the 10-11 seasons I think the only way Hurney could sign guys was to overpay and overestimate market value..it really did him a disservice.
Addressing need positions with 7th round picks in trades was a fatal flaw. He signed guys from nowhere where as Gettleman is signing guys with some measurable success and game film.
Chase Blackburn is better than James Anderson IMO and 5 times the lber Dan Conner was. He has a plan in case TD (who is still a major inj risk) or Beason go down. Also huge competition in the Cb position is nice.
We had too many mediocre players have guaranteed jobs bc no one was better.