I believe that the draft went very fine last year and if you count the college free agents that made the 53 roster then it went great. Free agency was a injury disaster which is all hard to blame on Ireland. Marshall, Hicks and Gerard which were the big ticket free agent signings if you want to call them big ticket all ended on IR. Gerard was a gamble I admit but so was Brees and we saw how that ended, Hicks and Marshall had been playing up to the point so I will not hold his feet to the fire to much. Nanee was a disaster I will admit why Philbin kept him on the roster is beyond me though. It takes really big money to sign free agents from other teams and I personally hate to see us do it unless we are very close to being really good. I prefer us to pay our own and keep churning the college ranks like we did last year. So yes if Ireland can produce as well or better in the college draft this year compared to last then I trust the guy and I believe he will do it. What most of his naysayers miss is why would you not give the guy another chance if you were satisfied with last years draft. What has changed this year to make you feel that way? If you want to give Sherman and Philbin credit for last years draft hell they are still on staff and after just spending a few months with Ireland and having a sucessful draft it should be darn better this year than last after they have had a entire year to work together.
if i were an objective fan i would say hell no, but we have no choice but to trust him. but hey, no pressure on you jeffy, screw this offseason up and it should only set us back till the next decade....
Philbin really didn't show anything special from what I saw last year. He was an upgrade from Morono...but that is about it. We still couldn't score consistently in the red zone. And I saw nothing magical on defense. Looked like the same old crap. I saw zero "innovation."
"May the acorns rest in peace..."
I dont think ireland and philben's fates should be intertwined. If we dont make playoffs Ireland should be gone Philben as long as he doesnt go like 4-12 deserves more time
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