If I see this comparison made one more time I'm going to puke. Fairley obliterated the SEC this year, Glen Dorsey was never close to as dominant in college as Fairley was this year. Dorsey was extremely hyped based on high school rankings and percieved talent but he never really produced that much. Fairley was a 3 star out of high school and even though both Bama and FSU wanted him badly he elected to go to JC. He redshirted his first year there, destroyed JC in his second year then transferred to Auburn and struggled with the transition his first year before making adjustments and applying himself fully and destroying everyone this past year.
Hes not Suh but who is? Suh is a once in a generation type like Reggie White at DE and LT at linebacker but Fairley can be everybit as good as Harris, Ngata, Jenkins in his prime and Stroud in his prime. Hes a better prospect then McCoy, while McCoy is a very good prospect he never dominated in college like Fairley did this past year
I definitely didn't like the part about not even starting negotiating new contracts until a CBA agreement had been reached...I'm sure all our players love that.
I used to think he was a great owner but I would definitely trade him in a heartbeat no pun intended for an owner who was worried more about putting a winning team on the field then making money for the NFL owners.
I just can't get behind any billionaire complaining about losing money.
I think of Luck as kind of like an upgraded version of Rodgers. Both are smart, mobile, great armed, pac-10 QBs.
Newton is hard to predict. His upside is massive, like a mix between Big Ben and Vick but I think the chances he actually reaches that potential are pretty low. His bust rate is high but the guy has just destroyed college football this year without outstanding talent around him. When The Golden Calf of Bristol put up a statline like Newtons he had the Pounceys on the OL, 3 NFL WRs, an NFL TE, a 4.2 RB in the backfield and at least 3 pro bowlers in :Pouncey, Harvin and Hernandez, Newton didn't have close to that and went undefeated in the SEC while in Tebows best statistitical season he lost 4 games. I think when prople say Newton needs to sit and learn a lot they are wrong, if hes capable of learning the playbook and fully applying himself to learning to be a QB he could come in and be a monster and it wouldn't take him long at all. Dude was head and shoulders better then all of college football this year.
Hes made too many huge mistakes that have set this franchise back. While a lot of the blame for this disaster relies on JR and Fox, Hurney is also a culprit and should be parted with.
1. The failure to bring a capable young QB in the organization when we had a stable vet in Delhomme he could learn from.
2. Trading our future 2nd rounder for New Englands 3rd rounder to draft Armanti Edwards.
3. Trading our future 1st rounder for Everette Brown, I will say this wasn't as bad as it could have been because we did get an extra fourth to take Goodson but this just leads me to my next point.
4. Trading multiple mid rounds picks for worthless DTs, we should have had depth at DT and could have used those picks to try and find a diamond in the rough like Goodson.
5. Failing to get anything back for Julius Peppers.
6. Failed to sell high on Steve Smith and now we are facing a situation where we will be lucky to get a 4th round pick for him.
7. Compound those last two with the DWill situation which hasn't happened yet but I fear he will leave and we will get nothing based on past experience.
8. Failing to bring in a legit 2nd WR for all the years that we had Steve Smith in his prime. Look at an organization like the Ravens who had nothing at WR then in one offseason they bring in Boldin, Housh and Stallworth. We failed to capitalize on the peak years of our GOAT offensive player because of personel decisions.
I will give him credit for his ability to find talent in the draft. For the most part he has hit on his first round picks and hes found some gems in later rounds but many GMs have done the same and they haven't made the mistakes I listed above.
Basically what I'm saying is we could be in worse shape then having Hurney but it we are going to fully turn this disaster around we need a new GM with a new gameplan who can limit the big mistakes that have become a pattern especially in recent years with Hurney.
Head Coach: Leslie Frazier (specializes in defensive backfield, has been a top coaching candidate for years)
Offensive Coordinator: Tom Clements (Packers QB coach, while QB coach for the Chiefs in 2000 Elvis Grbac made the pro bowl, while QB coach for the Steelers Kordell Stewart made the pro bowl in 2001 and Tommy Maddux made the pro bowl in 2002, was OC for the Bills for a year but their coach was fired so he left too, in 2006 he was hired by the Packers and has drafted and developed Aaron Rodgers)
Defensive Coordinator: Karl Dunbar (Vikings DL coach, also worked with the Bears and LSU)
Edwards hasn't performed but according to many sources he is getting better everyday and I think maybe next year or a few years down the line he could prove to be something. Hes also just a rookie who didn't even play WR in college, for comparisons sake lets look at some star WRs who played WR in college and how they did their rookie year...
Vincent Jackson 8 games 3 receptions 59 yards (he was a 2nd round pick)
Wes Welker didn't catch a pass his first two years but he was a good return man, his third year and first year in the offense he played 16 games and caught 29 passes for 434 yards
Robert Meahcem 14 games 12 receptions 289 yards (first round pick)
Brandon Marshall 15 games 20 receptions 209 yards
Donald Driver 6 games 3 receptions 31 yards (caught a mere 37 balls his first 3 years in the league)
Chad Johnson 12 games 28 receptions 329 yards
Its common for rookie WRs to struggle, but as long as our guys have good worth ethic hopefully htey will turn into something next year or the year after.
Yeah, Imagine if we traded Armanti's pick for Boldin, resigned Peppers and signed Vick when he wanted to come here. We would be 3-0, the hottest ticket in the league and the first story on all of these NFL and ESPN talk shows.
Taking another hit of negative rep here but I was 100% on board with signing Vick when we could and we were his preferred destination. Here at the Huddle, I was basically called an idiot who knows nothing about football and that Vick sucks so I'm going to rub it in for the 2nd straight week. This will be my last time unless Vick leads Philly to a run in the playoffs and then I may post something like this again.