Gano's NYG is a good example. Everyone remembers Gano's long FG, but I think we also recovered a muffed punt in the endzone.
The qustion is : do you see our team, as constructed, winning those types of games next year? Or are we now more built like the NO teams of old that had to win through their offense. Can Teddy win when thrust into that role when he's never been asked to do that? Even in Minnesota, it was an Adrian Peterson run first type of offense. I hope Teddy exceeds my expectations, but projecting his success from NO to Carolina is dubious.
Again, your examples are bad. Shaq wasn’t riding the pine. He was the third starting LB after his rookie year. He still started 10 games his rookie year too. He was the guy who came out for the nickel, but let’s not pretend he wasn’t LB #3 in the 4-3. After his rookie year, he played about 2/3rds of all defensive snaps.
Also, you still haven’t commented on why Brown makes sense for the Giants. The Butler scenario was completely different IMHO. We didn’t have two starters and two legit backups all with a lot more than 1-2 years left on their deals (if the extend Williams like they’ve said they want to).
He drafted Butler and that’s it that could be a hog mollie over other needs. That’s a thin premise when you still won’t tell me why they need a DT. Hog mollie on the OL, sure, makes much better sense.
I honestly think it's a combination of missing Star and age/injuries taking their toll. Short misses Star, but Short is also nowhere near the player he once was. IMO, he's gone from a high impact player to our biggest cap liability.