Tagging Hardy cost the team big time this season, and no one would have faulted Gettleman if he would have let Hardy walk.
Plenty would have been raging if we had let him walk. Remember, at the time, most of us assumed they either were close to a long term deal or thinking draft day trade.
Even though it probably would have been an error in hindsight, franchising him with the intent of working out a new deal would have been easier to understand than just renting him.
I honestly believe Gettleman decided to tag Greg for 1 year thinking he was going to still be able to fill some of our obvious holes with decent players and continue last year's success. Then he pretty much struck out with all the FA moves and the team was left with a pretty substandard roster.
And to top it off, we lost Greg anyway. That could not have been foreseen and Dave should not be hammered for not anticipating what happened. We could have lost him to injury and the result would have been the same.
Maybe someday, Gettleman will talk about his plan and how it did or didn't come to fruition during the 2014 season.
For those of you saying that signing FA's to multi-year deals is what got us into this mess, that is flat out wrong.
What got us into this mess was signing the wrong players to multi-year deals and/or overpaying from a value standpoint. Gettleman earned his chops as a scout and scouting supervisor. If he doesn't have confidence in his ability to pick through players to find good fits then we have more problems than I thought.
I think Ron is a bad head coach and beyond redemption. Yeah, he was dealt a bad hand, but this team should not be getting blown out week after week. I could elaborate further, but it's already been discussed to death.
As for Gettleman, I'm not a big fan so far, but he has done some good things to go along with the bad. However, if I were in JR's shoes, I would let him know that he is going to be expected to produce a better product in year 3. That means doing what must be done to get the right coaching staff in here, and getting the players that allow us to be competitive.
Renting Hardy for one year at $13 million was a bad decision and would have been a bad decision even if Hardy were still playing. We had too many holes to tie up that much for one year.
And yes, we could have signed a couple of select players to multi-year deals instead of tying up so much in the franchise tag. We may have had to slightly backload the deals to give us flexibility with Cam's contract, but the cap situation should be improving dramatically in the next couple of years, so multi-year contracts should not have been a deal breaker.
We have to get it right this offseason, or we are perhaps going to waste the best assets we have right now, namely the prime years for Cam and Luke.
If other teams spot weaknesses on tape they can exploit that is NOT player execution. It means they have seen a tendency over time that leaves us in a vulnerable situation.
So please, one of you geniuses that say it isn't the coaches fault, explain away this inconsistency. We'd really like to know.
Remember, neither Sproles not anyone from the Vikings said they did what they did because they saw a player make a mistake. They explained that it was something they took advantage of after studying tapes of our games.
At this point I think half the Huddle would root against the Panthers in the Super Bowl if we got to it, because they hate Rivera so much.
They don't care. They want to sacrifice success for a slightly higher draft pick.
If by some miracle this team got to the SB, everyone would be on board. That said, there are some of us here that fear winning a couple of meaningless games at the end of the year against weaker opponents would mean another year of Ron Rivera. It's not that we hate him, we just don't believe this team will ever amount to anything with him as head coach.
As for the whole draft pick thing, except in the most extreme circumstances, I would never want to see us lose to get a better draft pick.
Getting effective and intelligent leadership for this team going forward may be worth a couple more losses this year. It's kind of like folding when you are playing poker. Of course you want to win, but there comes a point when it's more important to face reality.
Didn't he admit the mistake after the Buffalo game last year? I am not sure.
Toward the end of the year, he did an interview in which he said the loss really bothered him. Without re-reading it, I can't remember whether or not he accepted part of the blame for the loss, or whether he just had a lot of "what if" thoughts.
"We already have Cam." Thats EXACTLY why we must tank, to draft Cam's replacement, it wont be hard to find an upgrade over Cam seeing as how terrible he is
Where is negative rep when we really need it?
You know how in the old days, when a horse would break it's leg, the cowboy would put it down out of mercy? We need the Huddle equivalent of that for a few select posters. It would be the humane thing to do.