For awhile, (I've been on our boards since 2010 but had to re register this year), I complained about our GM passing up FA talent and his draft picks. However, after we won the SB, last year, everyone said he's really a genuis and molded a great team. He did things without making those splashy high priced moves. He was said to give us talented depth in a lot of positions. He even 'stole' Keith Rivers.
Our GM has the 'pick the best athlete in the draft strategy', regardless of a specific position need. I didn't make that one up I heard it numerous times by analyst during and after the draft. Under this strategy we take Wilson, (he is good),when,at that time, he had a stable full of good RBs including the under used Scott. We pick Reuben Randle,(who was supposed to be 'NFL ready'), when you have talented WRs on your roster you haven't really used yet.
Well I've looked at our draft picks for the past 5 years and I invite you to do the same. We have the good but the bad and then the ugly are kind of out weighing them.
He brought us Baas who really can't hold a candle to O'Hara and the Rivers trade is beginning to look like the Bengals' assesment of him was correct. Now I'm sure we can certainly point to some good moves but we still can't find the pro bowl caliber LBs we desperately need.There are other positions where we needed immediate help but we have to groom our rookies for a long while before they can get off the bench and make a significant contribution, regardless of their 'best athlete' talent. We don't coach them up to play the same year unless we need them immediately.
So, here's a challenge for Mr. Reese. After releasing the high priced talent that didn't play because for various reasons, go to the FA pool early and spend some $ on getting impact players for immediate and future help, then add some talented draft prospects but maybe you want to evaluate some that can play in 2013 rather '14 or '15
We win a SB last season and this season we find out we're in need of serious rebuilding. That happened real quick ! Sorry, but I still can't see the genius. As a beat writer wrote, after the Raven's disaster, our team is like a mirage first you see it and then it disappears.