i undeestand that, but we don't know for certain that they couldn't at least help here unless we gave them a chance. i just don't understand why we never did unless gettleman is just set on proving he can do more with less on the OL.
Only real hope is that there's somebody out there who might not be up for a full season but could be useful in a partial season.
That said, the biggest names available have had multiple tryouts but mostly no offers. The few guys who actually did get offers wound up cut shortly thereafter.
i don't think it's an ego thing. I just honestly think the cupboard is bare.
Either way Hardy has been banned 6 games and still has no timetable for a return. The only thing I can logically think of is that we want him to settle his legal issue before he can play. Which in my opinion is BS.
The team would have let him continue to play had the NFL not stepped in. They made that clear in the presser.
The league apparently doesn't see McDonald as affecting their image. Hardy, on the other hand...
giving him an extension after just one winning season was a mistake. if he can't pull off a winning season this year that means we rewarded a coach for providng us with a 25% success rate.
back to back winning seasons should have been the litmus test.
while i have a problem with the timing of the extension, i don't have a problem with them correcting course if they realized he can't coach well enough to make us consistent winners and think that would be a much better decision than just sticking with what we have because we mistakingly committed too early.
i know there's still time to coreect things, but if we don't and finish with a non-winning season, then we have to consider changing course, regardless of the contract we made with rivera.
all that said, i know this team well enough to know rivera's job is safe.
Renowned for his acceleration and counter-attacking prowess in the rugby league, Hayne said he believes he has the skills to make it as either a punt returner or kick returner.
"I believe I have the speed, I'm a quick learner, I feel things out really quickly," he said. "I have no doubt it's going to be tough. Ultimately it's a 12-month plan, going over there and trying to make a train-on team. For me to do that I need to start preparing for that around January or February." The 2014 NFL season is underway, so he's aiming for 2015.
Hayne travelled to the United States for a personal tour of the Seahawks and University of Washington Huskies' operations in September, less than three months after speaking to Fairfax Media in Australia about his desire to play American football.
He had two training sessions with UTS, a Sydney-based American football team, at the end of the 2013 NRL season and said "it's something that excites me."
"I actually spoke to Reggie Bush in depth about it when he was over here," he told Fairfax in July. "We were talking about different plays, what Detroit was like, what Miami was like and New Orleans was like. It interests me."
To be perfectly honest, the idea's a little "out there" for me, but I thought I'd leave it here for people to read and speculate on.
Rivera isn't in charge of talent evaluation, but rather is in a position (and has been since he has gotten here) to make something outof nothing. Hopefully he is allowed to eventually pick guys on the open market he actually wants when the cap is fixed. But he has shown that he can at the very least build a top 5 defense anywhere he goes. That's talented in my book.
Rivera is in charge of setting the depth chart, deciding who starts and who sits on gameday, etc.
Gettleman has also said that roster decisions - and even draft and free agent decisions - are a collaborative effort. He believes in an 'inclusive' approach and takes input from Rivera before making any decision.
This, I believe, is a big reason why we rolled with Byron Bell and Nate Chandler. Also why Charles Godfrey is still on the team.