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I'm just focusing on Day1, because those players should not be hit and miss. ¬†But it makes you wonder where is Monte when the draft is going on? ¬†Is he being listened to? Is this because they aren't listening or he isn't being assertive in there? ¬†Or he isn't being specific enough about what he needs and what players would fill that? ¬†Or he won't commit to using a particular player so the guys in the war room are gun shy? That is what I think might be part of it. ¬†So they end up drafting guys who don't work. ¬† Its not just the personnel guys. Its are the personnel guys in sync with Kiffin and vice versa?I don't know the answers to these questions. I do know that we can't just accept that if we draft some players for Monte that boom there ya go. ¬†Monte can take it from there. ¬†That just hasn't been the case.
I think Smith was a great pick and a great fit. ¬†Too bad he was behind Kelly and Barber. ¬†The only way to keep all the best players on the field was to move him to Safety, a move that he resented. ¬†Webster was a fine player; just had injury problems. ¬†Looks like Denver is ready to let him replace Wilson.Cooper was a bust. ¬†But he was brought on with the same kind of logic as when the Colts took June. ¬†Just didn't make the transition, and never had a chance to learn on the field because of Brooks.Jury is still out on Ruud.Rod thought enough of White for him to sign as a starter. ¬†He didn't fit the new style of DL player we are transitioning to; that doesn't make him a bad choice.
So maybe he wasn't kidding in the interview when the interviewer spoke about needing to draft defense & Monte said 'please email Jon.'
Yes if it isn't one thing its another thing. Six times. Smith wasn't a great fit if there was no where to fit him. Webster I think you are being kind. We would have kept him around if injuries were the only problem. Yes the jury is still out on Ruud....two years later. He was a very high 2nd rounder. It shouldn't be year three when we are just finding out if there is a spot for him. What should make you worry is that we have put the round peg into the round hole zero times. I have no problem with Monte. I just don't think anybody is as perfect as fans think he is. He's human. There has been a problem. So in the absence of any information that something has been done to solve it, I don't see how you can say you don't see anything to worry about. I guess my advice would be open your eyes.And Bradenton, its not just Gruden-Kiffin. Gruden hasn't been here for the last eight years.
I'm not sure you make your point with these players.
Quote from: Karen on March 24, 2007, 10:10:54 PMSo maybe he wasn't kidding in the interview when the interviewer spoke about needing to draft defense & Monte said 'please email Jon.'He was kidding but a lot of humor has a grain of truth. But I mentioned the word "gun shy" because when it comes down to the nitty gritty and they are just about to pull the trigger on a 1st day pick they ask "Will this player be an impact on our team?" When they aren't 100% sure what Monte is going to do once he gets the player that might cause them to hesitate.