Hartwig was a stud in Tennessee, but got hurt in 2006, his first year in Carolina. And we also had Hangartner--Center was NOT a need that year. Instead, we badly needed help at WR, TE, MLB, and SS. And the entire right side of the offensive line needed an overhaul.
When Kalil was selected, half the Huddle was all "Do what???" and the other half just wanted to talk about Jarrett.
Swap LaFell with any of them. He's on another club last year, and any one of them has been lost in Free Agency. If he signed now then the Huddle would be declaring him the future number one receiver and a potential all-pro.
Not saying he's great, but none of these guys are either.
We don't need a star receiver, all we need is someone who is a credible threat to get open. A strong offensive line will mean far more than a burner on the outside. Give Cam time, and we can move the ball even with Keary Colbert 2.0.
Gettleman's cap magic is the same stuff that GMs around the league routinely do--they all have staff to help them with options.
The draft gave us three pretty good players, and he did a great job finding talent on the cheap, but then he let most of it get away.
I think he's doing a good job setting up the defense to be great for years to come. And I kind of expect him to go heavy on the line in the draft, and stay with the BPA approach. It won't surprise me a bit if we don't get a receiver on the first day, but if Cam has protection we'll move the ball even with scrubs outside. And it will be a ton of fun to watch the Huddle explode if we don't, so there's that added benefit.
So far, the only thing that I really don't like about him is the way he treats players. Aside from Star, he's rarely said anything to make you think he feels close at all to them. That's a big change from how things were done before he got here, even before the bad contracts started. And it's not one I'm particularly fond of. Still, I would rather have someone who's great at finding quality depth than someone who's good at making our stars feel like family--that can be left to the coaches.