I believe in the new rookie surrounded by seasoned vets draft strategy-
We needed some Dline this past year, but instead of getting a solid leader and veteran or 2 to lead the new recruits, we just turned full efforts on new draft picks. Then, we lost something in turning the class of rookies loose with no leadership or sense of responsibility - they have no accountability and therefore perform at a lower level.
We all know, if you work next to the top producer everyday, you will learn and observe from a top producer - eventually making you more effective AT A FASTER RATE.
We had this at CB position last year and our success with our rookies in the secondary was excellent. I believe all our rookies wanted to be the next Champ Bailey. Our TE position has also been excellent and untill late, our Oline development was pretty okay also. Our WR corps has been developed by Rod as much as it has by any coaching staff. Plummer was a great 'coach' and friend for Cutler as much as Shanny was.
We failed this in letting Al Wilson go...I would much rather have him on the sidelines coaching a new LB than having Gold or Webster on the roster. I'm sure he would have restructured his contract and we could have found an creative way to place him on IR. There is sooooo much Al could have taught DJ and this LB Corps. I believe our LB are soft because Al pulled the best out of them each week and now he's not there to do it and they have no leader and don't want to be leaders.
In short, we are a 'young team' simply b/c the organization places too much emphasis on the big name free agents and little on leadership and team dynamic. We truly need some more leaders to step up and replace the veteran leadership this team is lacking. I believe we have it in Doom, and Marshall, but we need more, more, more! Hopefully Jay becomes a vocal leader soon - he could influence the whole offensive development like Brady and Manning do with their newbies.
Stokley said the reason he was motivated to become better was b/c the other WRs told him that Manning won't pass the ball to someone who doesnt run a near perfect route and forget it if you drop the ball...he simply won't pass it to you. Who wouldn't be motivated if you knew this going into game prep. I do believe Brady would kick your arse verbally if you made a mistake on his team too. We need that kind of leadership on this team now!
Last edited by Vegas_Bronco; 11-05-2007 at 12:46 PM..