so what's your point? and don't say its just for discussion.
whether you are convinced doesn't matter, esp. since you come into the discussion with an idea that gettleman isn't sold on cam and isn't interested in seeing him succeed which is why he hasn't built the offense around cam.
there was no player in that draft who could make the difference on a team the way cam could. aj green might be ridiculously talented, but his impact on the field is pale in comparison to what cam can do.
when you looked at his season at auburn, you see a player who was in control. he controlled himself (very few turnovers), controlled the game (their success was directly tied to his performance), he controlled the other team's defense (he couldn't be stopped), and he essentially controlled his team (he was their motivation and the reason for their ability to comeback from deficits so often).
he was known by those who actually coached and worked with him that he had a great work ethic that transferred to his teammates.
gettleman understands that the QB is the most important position on the team and there was no avilable options who could carry a team the way cam could. that season in that draft, newton was a no brainer pick. he was the obvious one.
and yo gabba gabbert over him? lol, he played as nervous in college as clausen did as a panther and was very limited in what he could do and his lack of success should be of no surprise to anyone who watched him and i'd have to believe that gettleman would have seen tht.
would newton 100% have been the pick if gettleman was here? i fully believe so, but whether that's right or wrong, what difference does it make? what newton has done on the field since day one and the obvious growth as a player, a leader, and a man has made him the obvious choice as the man to have as the franchise QB for years to come and, despite gettleman's apparent lack of ability so far to surround him with weapons, doesn't take away from gentleman's conviction that cam is the right QB for this franchise and his faith in him and his abilities may be the very reason he hasn't done more. cam can do more with less and his abilities make it easier to build other areas up first and then add more weapons and protection after the rest of the team is put together. a weaker QB would have needed much more than cam has to achieve anywhere near the production cam has.
forced to choose, i'd go with safety. i don't feel that great about either one, but i think that with that front 7, that we'll still be in decent shape. i think that safety is pretty much back to the level it was last year heading into the season. CB has a way to go before it gets us back to level. we need at least one more talented guy brought in. i'm not a big fan of keeping godfrey mainly because of his price tag and the fact he's not a good safety, but i have always thought that CB is his more natural position and that he'd be pretty good there. if they move him to nickel, i'd feel better about CB, but my opinion of the safety group wouldn't change. the safety corps wouldn't be any weaker if he wasn't there.
Avant because his catches everything thrown his way.
pretty much this. that and i wanted us to draft him and always thought he was a good and very underrated workhorse of a receiver. all he does is catch balls and move the chains and he does it better than just about anyone else. guys like him make it easier for the big plays to happen because he's always putting them in better situations for them to happen.
"we play better as the underdogs" is a vestige of the hurney days when we were always underdogs because we fuging sucked ass because hurney was a dumber than a bag of hammers, so when we won the occasional game it felt goooooood and we got to play that coveted role. but ultimately we were just a bunch of pissant losers.
good teams are not under the radar or underdogs, they play well and they win games and everyone knows it. that's what we need to be, not underdogs.
i hated being the underdog for that very reason. being it for a short period of time is acceptable, but to be perinnial underdogs? no thanks. it means that people don't expect you to win and there's usually a good reason for it...you don't.
i have wanted this team to overcome that expectation this team hasand climb their way to the top of the hill and claim it as their, daring any challengers to try and climb up that hill and take it from us.
right now in the nfcs, we are king of the hill. it's about time we made that happen and now its time to man up, own it, and protect it.
yes. but if we still wind up getting into the playoffs and having a 10+ win season again, we might have stumbled onto something. if we can pay our core players and rent cheap players looking to prove themselves with one year deals, we might end up drawing better and better players who know that if they perform well and help us win, they'll get a good sized contract somewhere.
it's not ideal or conventional, but if it works.....
I wonder something about these one year deals. I do understand the cap situation and these may be the only contracts that we can hand out but do you think those one year deals are scaring people. I mean, how can you have stability based off a one year deal? I know that the one year deals can also bring up your market value the following year if your team is successful (i.e. Ginn Jr). Any thoughts? By the way, I think this is a solid signing. I would love to see more two TE sets.
what happened last year and i'm assuming is this year, is that a lot of these players will only agree to one year deals because they think that the next year will be better for them. at least as far as getting a good long term contract, anyway, because they think there will be more cap space. in the case of guys like dickson who haven't done well the past couple years, the best chance they have for a lucrative multiyear deal is to take a one year prove it deal.
at any rate, the one year deals isn't to our benefit since we could probably backload a bit and offer more money upfront than we would with a cheap deal.
When tight end Dennis Pitta dislocated and fractured his right hip during the preseason, many references were made about how productive his replacement was two seasons ago.
Ed Dickson caught a career-high 54 passes for 528 yards and five touchdowns during the 2011 season.
Although Dickson is big, strong and fast, his hands have been extremely suspect this season with his unreliability showing up again Sunday during a 23-20 road loss to the Buffalo Bills. Dickson allowed an accurate Joe Flacco pass to bounce off his hands for one of Flacco's five interceptions.
For the season, Dickson has caught only three passes for 25 yards and has dropped at least six passes.
It's been a rude awakening for Dickson and the Ravens, who have started him every week through four games and haven't given up hope that he'll snap out of this funk and start catching the football.
"That’s a long time ago, so I’m hard pressed to make that direct comparison," Harbaugh said of Dickson's 2011 season. "The stats kind of speak for themselves as you’re alluding to. He’s not the same player right now than he was then obviously. Ed just needs to go catch the ball. Make it easy: Run fast, get open and catch the football, put it away and get upfield.
"That’s all he needs to do. And if he’s thinking about anything besides that, he’s doing himself a disservice. And if he’s lacking confidence for some reason, that’s on him. When you have that kind of talent, those kinds of gifts, go play ball, go show everybody what you’re capable of doing. That’s what I expect to see from Ed.”
he's not wrong and i'd be surprised if there was anyone who wasn't shocked by it or who saw it coming that was associated with team, whether player or even coach.
why wouldn't he or anyone be shocked? i meanwho does that? you go into the offseason having won 12 games with the WR crew you have and then you either let them all go or trade them away, including the best player your team ever had? c'mon. how could you not be shocked by it, ezp. if you were a teammate of those guys?
and his comments about it's the front office who has the pressure now...well yeah. if course it's on them and so far they haven't nfixed the problem they allowed to happen, which is having to rebuild the corps from scratch.
getting pissed at dwill for saying this is just too funny. unless he was just some mindless puppet for the team, what was he supposed to say? this is an insane situation to be in and so far we haven't done much to put the corps in a good situation. sure, we've added two guys who have better hands than the guys who used to be on the team last year, but we're really just hoping that one year out of a decade of performance wasn't a fluke in the case of cotchery. we're hoping that underwood (who i'm sure 90% of the people in here had to google to figure out who the fug that guy was when we picked him up) can do something more than the nothing he's done in his several year career in the pros.
we're also hoping that a GM who is well known for his desire to go with the BPA when it's our turn on the clock goes BPA according to need for at least some of the draft, but it's entiry possible that we go through this draft, which happens to be the best WR class by far in many years, without one picked in the first 5 rounds and that we're stuck with the corps of rag tag hopefuls we have right now.
no guarantees that it will get better, only hope that gettleman will make the corps better (unless you've deluded yourself into thinking that things are just fine and we can make due with the JAGs we've got.
i can't see dwill getting reprimanded for his comments, nor should be. the front office has put themselves behind the 8 ball and really haven't done much to improve the situation an it doesn't really matter that they don't have the cap to do much. the reality is that they haven't.