Gettleman has had one year at the job, performed a great draft and did some wonderful things in spite of our cap last year, and 2 days into FA this doesn't make sense? If he performs another good year under these circumstances he's going to deserve 2 extra years of "wait and see".. while Hurney has written his legacy, and therefore it is judged. Let me rephrase that, Hurney's only been gone 1.5 years.. how much cap space can you clear in 1 year as GM?
which brings me to this....
I would strongly consider after reading this article that no team has been in such a pathetic situation as we are, hence why most other teams aren't having the problems we are facing.. And like I mentioned above, it's been 1 year. How much cap room should be a reasonable expectation to clear in 1 year?
As they say, nothing always is at it appears. I agree, the Smitty release was fumbled.. Aside from that, I feel pretty ridiculous trying to pretend that right now I'm able to judge anything about Gettleman's process in the midst of a total fugup by Hurney,one year into the job.
And also, it's impossible to pretend like what Gettleman does through the next 2 years is any indication of what Gettleman is going to have done in 10 years. The immediate future is heavily dictated by extreme circumstances. We haven't even seen Gettleman sign his 1st real contract, much more important though- his next 3-4 long term contracts, which then give us peon fans something to analyze. Something tangible.
What isn't tangible is what you think you are deciphering right now.. I mean, is there really an argument against this?
All valid points. As I said, this is a crazy time for us as a fanbase. I don't recall ever having a worse opening three days of free agency, EVER. We are angry, sad, confused, and a host of other emotions. We are talking in absolutes. Some in favor of Gettleman, some hating his guts, with myself currently falling in the latter group.
I'm not claiming to know all that's going on, and anyone that would is just admitting to being an asinine idiot. BUT, as a I said, there are still a lot of questions to be answered and that's why emotions are running high. We DON'T know what is tangible, outside of cap numbers... We don't know what his plans are. And right now, it appears as though we didn't have one. The Smitty situation is the most disturbing. If it was all about cutting a guy with declining numbers and production as his cap number goes up, as I said, why not just go ahead and get it all over with, or at least a majority of it? Cut Stew, DeAngelo, Godfrey, etc. But, no... He just cut the franchise's best player of all-time, and with all of the conflicting reports out there, the only thing that emerges from that nebulous of rumors is that there was definitive reason it was him and not someone else.
As I asked before, why do we let a guy walk who proved to be an integral part of our top ranked defense last season in Mitchell, while we keep another guy who didn't deserve the contract he signed to begin with and is essentially making what Mitchell just got paid? And yet, I see all of these guys in their zen-like, wisdom-filled states telling those who are angry about Smitty, "Well, it's better than Hurney. Good to see someone who doesn't value loyalty over production." It's bullshit. Smitty on one leg, and half an ass is better than Godfrey on his best day in their respective duties. Mitchell proved to be a better player than Godfrey, and yet, Mitchell is gone and Godfrey is still here... AND coming off of an achilles' tear, which usually takes almost two years to get back from fully. He was among the worst safeties in the league before it, I can't wait to see what he does coming back from it, LOL.
But, I'm supposed to believe all of Gettleman's moves are dictated by and motivated by the cap situation, and yet, we have plenty of evidence saying it is not. There ARE other ways of handling it man... You're my boy bleys, but I just don't buy that what he's done is what has had to be done. He has dropped the ball and I don't trust that their isn't some other factors behind his decision aside from "strictly business." There is a reason why the players have been outspoken about their dislike for him. There is something to be said about his lack of tact and complete disrespect towards the greatest player in our franchise's history. There is something to be said about his flub talking about Cam going into last season. He's coming off as an egotistical, tactless douche with motivations outside of business decisions and I'm tired of him getting a pass for the decisions he is or isn't making and the words he is saying.