I'll make this rant a lot shorter than normal, because i'm at work and should be doing some paperwork....plus, there is already a million posts so I'm going to consolidate them.
Look, the OLine was a need. I get it. He's a good Guard, I get that. But we drafted him way too early. AND, we drafted him as a Center it seems, and he had exchange issues all last season. He's only played Center for one year, and we want him to anchor our Offensive Line? Especially in a year, where there likely won't be an OTAs, Mini camps, or maybe even Training Camp depending on how long the Labor Dispute goes.
That's not a plug and play type of position, he's got to learn the line calls, and clearly needs to work on the actual snap (after a year of playing, snapping in practice, and probably snapping at home in his spare time, he still had issues). As a Gator fan, and former Gator Alum, I watched every game of us....I'm not thrilled at the prospect of him playing Center.
So, He fills a need... but maybe not the need we drafted him for, and we drafted him way too early.
Personally I didn't watch him play all year, so I can't give you my opinion of him. I'll defer to others that have watched him play. He only been a RB for a couple seasons, as he was a QB in HS. While learning a new position he became the 2nd best rusher in Kansas State History (not really saying a lot imo), but that means he's growing. Ireland spoke of 40 runs over 10 yards, and 15 runs over 20 yards. No he's not the 2nd coming of Chris Johnson, but he'll get small chunks of yardage from what it seems. I'm okay with that. As long as the ball moves forward.
He apparently fumbled 6 times last year.... which doesn't really concern me.... I mean we are used to it, Ricky has fumbled at least 4-5 times a year every year. Hopefully he works on it, but it sounds like he has some upside.
Yes, it was a Latin Soap Opera in the draft chats.... the love affair for this Mallett kid was insane. I'm going to point out a few things.
This is the guy I've wanted since Day 1... a speedy pass catching Tight End. A guy that takes advantage of the middle of the field, opens up the rest of the field, and gives Henne another outlet where there will typically be a mismatched Linebacker covering him.
My fingers are crossed.
We can still get our scat back, in DeAngelo Williams (if he isn't an RFA), Darren Sproles, Reggie Bush, Jerious Norwood, or others. I'd prefer DeAngelo or Reggie Bush (because he's the original Percy Harvin type of back).
We can still get a Veteran QB to back up Henne (and unless its Carson Palmer or Matt Hassleback, they will be backing up Henne).... names noone is going to flip for, but Thigpen, Rosenfells, Tavaris Jackson, Bulger (goes to AZ I bet), and others are out there....
Ross has already said months ago that his wallet will be open in Free Agency, and after last year, there is no reason to suspect he won't do it again.
I'm not talking to the guys who are pissed in the draft chats, or the ones are mad because we didn't take Mallett. I'm talking to Sheep who continue to rant, "He's a Dolphin, and I'll support him", blah blah blah.
Look, its okay to get pissy with those kind of comments during the season, If a fan is mad during the season and in games, and talks about leaving the team IF WE DON'T DO (insert action).....sure, jump on those guys. God knows I do. But don't jump on fans for wanting to improve their team. There isn't a single pair of people here who agree on what is best to improve the team. So, people are going to disagree.... It doesn't make us any less of a fan for questioning the Front Office moves, for questioning why they play it safe, and why we continue to have an 8-8 record. We'd be British if we didn't question things, and if we didn't want to get better. We aren't.
The draft is an emotional time, ever fan has their hopes and their favorite college players that they will unilaterally fall in love with for whatever reason (maybe they saw a bunch of their games, they went to the same school, fans of the school etc).... but most fans scouting consists of just the college teams we are interested in, and teams that play those teams.....thats it..... not exactly a good canvas.
To think that we SHOULDN'T question our Front office staff, is ludacris, especially given that our team owner himself was actively trying to replace the Head Coach in the offseason. If the owner does it, damn sure better expect the fans to do it too. So just stop.
Damn, this wasn't as short as I expected lol......go figure.
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