I don't care if we address it before, during, or after the draft; but if we go into two consecutive seasons with Bell as our starting LT it has to be one of the biggest failures in NFL front office history.
It's hard to spin it as mismanagement when you make two superb owls in a row and win at least one of them. Every contender has a limited window, it's what happens with a salary cap. If you can draft consistently well over a long period of time you can extend it, but that's difficult and requires a lot of luck. Let's focus on opening our window to begin with before we start bashing far more successful franchises.
We're upset about a bully in a league full of rapists and murderers? Yes, Smith is a jerk, but he was an amazing football player and provided us with years of entertainment. That's all that matters in the NFL.
If you take away the first season where he inherited a 1-15 team and the last season when the owner raped him and tanked the entire team his record at Carolina was 64-48, with a super bowl and two championship game appearances and 3 division titles in 7 seasons. Thats with Rodney Peete, Jake Delhomme, David Carr, Testeverde, Matt Moore, and Jimmy Clausen. Foxxy never got enough credit here
Even better, take away all the games he lost and he was 73-0. Why did we ever fire this guy.