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.....