In my opinion it starts and ends with the #1 overall pick they blew. That decision set up our next 4 to 5 years.
No matter how dominant Jake Long is or will ever be, he ain't worth a top tier Qb.
Blowing high second rounders like Merling and White also must be factored. Especially considering how easy it was to make an impact on a team that went 1 - 15, there was no talent!
Our 3 for 1 in Dobbins, Odrick, and Misi is typical of this team. Three average players does not equal a playmaker.
Like others have said, our drafts produced no Playmakers, guys other teams have to spend the week gameplanning for. Give me 5 of those guys and the rest we can fill with bums.