Originally Posted by footstepsfrom#27
Personal observations are one thing, and they obviously lead to varying opinions. But inside information is a completely different animal. To be able to say I KNOW what the coaches are thinking as opposed to I THINK I know what they're thinking is a major step up.
I don't mean any disrespect but you can deduce an amazing amount of information just by paying attention. Even if the insider gets the right information the coach himself might be totally wrong. What a team should do or what it's going to do are many times different things and with a little common sense you would be shocked how much you can learn about a team from simply paying attention.
I remember when people started busting on Lelie in year one and I defended him. I came to his defense in year two. Every year this kid makes a nice step forward in improvement. This year I want something from him besides the most hideous end zone celebration done in a Bronco uniform ever! I want him to play football. I want him to block, do the cut routes, pick up the blitz, run one out of the backfield, be there for the dump pass, and generally do things where the best corners in the league have to choose between Lelie and Rod. Rod doesn't get as good a numbers as Lelie but every year Rod plays football and Lelie gets the press.
I think Lelie is a great player but he shouldn't need Watts to motivate him. He should not, after four years, be on the Rod Smith welfare plan. How long is he going to hide under Rod's wing? Do you think he could carry this team the way Rod does? All the Lelie supporters should bow down to Rod Smith for being the kind of player he is working with this guy and helping this tender soul become sterner stuff. What is his reward for that? These same fans forgetting the year that Lelie does ANYTHING that Rod was there for this team. I was really hard on Rod for years because like Lelie he came along slowly. I don't doubt Lelie but I think being soft on him isn't the best course.