The great thing about signing Ocho, is we now have a chance to show that New England isn't always the geniuses they are made out to be. They have a couple of draft picks and a couple more years of paying him, we have a low cost one year deal for him. If ends up having a good, productive season for the Fins, it does two things: Gives the Fins brass some cred and makes NE look really bad for letting him go. It's a win-win in my eyes.
"It's hard being a Dolphin fan all the way out here in Sacramento...I'm surrounded by fricken Winer fans and Raider fans...this sucks"
It's simple - Jeff Ireland is not trying to improve this team for the short term. We are building through a multi year process to fit Joe Philbin. We just went through a regime change and we are changing things up. Walker is simply misguided if he feels Ireland "overvalued" their wide receiver corps simply because they made offers to Vincent Jackson, they made attempts to trade up at certain times in the draft when players they felt were supreme value (Quick/Randle) fell to a position they could reach them. Sadly, the draft is 32 teams making 32 different sets of decisions and sometimes you end up on the short end of the stick.
What did Miami do as a result? Did they take the very next best WR in the draft out of fear? No, they didn't. They stuck to their guide and grabbed a ton of value. Will it work out? Who knows. But Miami made a statement with this draft saying we are going after talent, and we are not afraid to shore up a position we are otherwise okay at if it means quality players on this team. Look at the Giants! They ignored linebacker for how many years? And why, to take ANOTHER defensive lineman? Oh my god! JPP! Why would they take him when they already have guys like Tuck and Umenyora? Because they know this isn't Madden. This is a game of depth and talent. If you have multiple fresh bodies that are playing at a similarly high level versus players who are worn out or simply not as talented, you've got yourself some matchup problems.
This is why I'm 100% happy with the Lamar Miller choice. Insane value, a great prospect, and fits right into this offense like a glove (going by his skillset). The same thing will happen with a wide receiver, and only then will we be happy that we "ignored" our problems at WR previously.
Thats funny because he lives in Miami.
The WR corp was not bad last year (although I think BM had more drops than anyone). Brian Hartline and Davone Bess have always been very consistent. Since Hartline is not participating in OTA's right now, we cannot include him in this argument.
That said, the entire receiving corp has been called out, while the real issues probably are with the rooks and younger guys. I remember Jeff Ireland praising BJ Cunningham's body of work at draft time. His videos seemed to portray him catching everything like he had catchers mits for hands. Rishard's video's were not much different; just faster. And nearly every reporter's blog of the practice highlights I read ends with a touchdown pass thrown to one of the newbies.
So... perhaps this is being blown out of proportion...Pounding consistency into their frame of mind makes all of them better pros. Making them perform at practice at a high level when its 100 degrees on the grass and 90% humidity, and running the offense at a high pace does nothing better to prepare the team for better days ahead, when it counts. This is the adversity we need to force the cream to the top. This is the player development we have been lacking for a long time.