why can't people just not like to be wasting draft picks?
You're asking for perfection, which is unreasonable. Why can't people just be reasonable? How many teams do you know of that every year nail every pick in the draft?
We had 5 picks in 2013, and no 3rd rounder. That whiff hurt us a lot more than in most drafts.
And remind me how we did in that one playoff game? And remind me who we have starting at LT? And remind me who we have starting at RT for that matter?
Naw, he's doing a bang-up job.
The team was so good they didn't even have to play to get into the 2nd round of the playoffs.
We have Chandler and Bell starting at OT. I'm not sure why you'd need reminding of that. I'm sure that you've bitched ad nauseam about it.
Remind me, how many teams nail 4-5 draft picks every year? Remind me, did you know that Jordan Gross was retiring after this last season? Remind me, how did we do in the playoffs the last five years? Here, I'll answer those for you in order: None, you didn't, and we hadn't made the playoffs since 2008.
Gettleman has drafted a perennial Pro Bowler at the DT position in Star Lotulelei, a position that was one of the weakest spots on the teams for a season or three (Nick Haydn or Corvey Irvin, remind me which one of them was better?). He took over a team in cap Hell and helped them to the playoffs for the first time in 5 years with smart, cheap FA signings (Mitchell, Ginn Jr, Mikell, Hixon, Florence, Blackburn, etc). He has successfully drafted two 1st round talents in the 2nd round in back-to-back drafts (Kawann Short + Kony Ealy), a round that Marty Hurney regularly whiffed in. AJ Klein, a 5th round selection, is looking like he's going to be the heir apparent to Chase Blackburn's position with our coveted front 7.
The biggest knock that Gettleman has against him is releasing nearly the entire receiving corps that ranked 29th in the NFL. Oh mah good Gawd almighty![/JIMROSS] So who did he replace a 35yr old WR that the team still relied on as a #1, a blocking WR that couldn't catch unless he was trying to pose for a highlight reel, an another old WR, and a ST ace that before their time with the Panthers was looking like yet another 1st round bust? He went and drafted a 6'5" 240lbs man beast, signed two veteran WRs with sure hands and solid route running capabilities, and a 6'1" WR with a 4.31 40yd dash. Call me crazy, call me naive, call me beautiful, but something tells me that maybe, just maybe the Panthers WRs will rank higher than 29th in the NFL this coming season.
If the two of you placed half of the demand that you do on Gettleman on yourselves, you'd be millionaires by now.