actually, yes, we are devoid of talent at WR and LT.
same could be said for the secondary as well since the guys we had who were good enough to start are now with other teams and we've done nothing to replace them.
hurney had this huge problem in that he was overly confident and unwavering in his philosophy of building/managing a team to the detriment of the team. it appears that gettleman might be suffering from the same illness.
he has a plan, but what if things don't fall the way he thought. what is plan b? is he able willing to adjust to changing situations that impact his plan? was he counting on there being more FAs available when the market settled down? is he willing to deviate from his draft philosophy if we still have a blank slate at WR/LT/CB/S?
is he married to the idea of keeping hardy and handicapping the rest of the team just so we have a killer pass rush (even if that means we don't protect cam or decent WRs)?
his success last year doesn't give him a free pass this year. he hasn't helped build a consistent winner yet. he has one season under his belt. one winning season. is year two going to see a regression? how big of a regression?
i appreciate what he did last year, but i need more before i herald him as a magic man. i may have bought it before and i may have been on his bandwagon before the hire, but i need to some more than what we've seen this year.
and again, just because i know someone is going to say it, i am not wanting movement for movement's sake. there are good moves to be made and we need to make them.
if the cap is so bad that we can't afford to fill out a roster, then we shouldn't have tagged hardy. if we have no WRs on the team and only saved $2mil from cutting smith and still have no money to bring anyone in, then cutting smith was a mistake. if WRs are saying they'd rather not play here because of cutting smith, then cutting smith was a mistake.
did gettleman think through all possibilities before tagging hardy and cutting smith? i don't know. probably. the problem is, did he care what the possible negative impacts would be by doing those two things or was he going to do it regardless of outcome and impact?
all there are right now are questions about gettleman and very little to warrant a positive view. right now those two main movements (tagging hardy and cutting smith) have had no positive impact on the team.
Ok but now you are making the assumption that tagging Hardy and cutting Smith directly coincides with our lack of free agency moves. That is pure speculation on your part and holds no water. How do you know Gettleman wouldn't have sat on most of that 13.1 mill that Hardy is getting? We don't know. How do you know he would've overpaid (yes he would've had to overpay) to get one of the top receivers or tackles on the market? From everything Gettleman is saying, he would've executed free agency this way whether he had 8 million or 18 million to spend. It's about philosophy. You keep your core, you draft smart, and don't pay a guy more than he is worth when plugging holes in free agency. We will be riding out the first wave of free agency every season unless we are able to get a guy we want at his fair-market value, period. This is how our new GM works and what most of us asked for when we were dealing with Hurney's stupidity in contract negotiations.
Is this easy for me to sit through? Absolutely not. Am I worried? You're damn right. But hell, what am I supposed to do about it? I'll just have to see it through like everyone else.