I am somewhat surprised at the people who have praised SpeilmanĂ˘â‚¬â„˘s and WannyĂ˘â‚¬â„˘s performance to date. The latest chapter being the laudatory praise being heaped on Speilman by people on this board for the Wally/Booker trade. Does anyone remember that Booker had an off-season last year and he is a receiver coming off of a knee injury? A little bit of a gamble maybe? I have read all the scenarios that say Wally was not going to play for us and we had to get rid of him etc. etc. but this deal is a big gamble, just like a good number of SpeilmanĂ˘â‚¬â„˘s moves Feeley (no proven track record), McIntosh (injury), Boston (attitude Ă˘â‚¬â€ś although this seemed to be working out before he got injured).
Point is Speilman strikes me as the type of guy who tries to make what I like to call the Ă˘â‚¬Ĺ“needle in the haystackĂ˘â‚¬Âť deal. Find that jewel that nobody else knows about for great value. The concept is great but translating that into reality seems to be a problem, e.g. see performance of Feeley to date.
I do not think it is appropriate to send Speilman to the wolves at this point, it is too early. However, I watched that preseason game against the Redskins and I simply cannot imagine how anyone can praise anyone on this team from management to players for that performance as it relates to the offensive side of the ball. It was beyond pathetic. Feeley and Feidler look equally inept. Our offensive line looked inept as did our running backs. Mind you this was a Redskin team who left a number of defensive starters in Washington.
We still have a way to go and things may change, but to date the progress report for Speilman and Wanny relating to moves and coaching as they affect the offensive side of the ball is either Poor or Incomplete.
Think about it:
1) Offensive line is in disarray (Read that Wade Smith is also playing poorly) and this is the key to the team
2) No running backs (Please note that Wanny said after the Skins game that we will not be a passing team)
3) Which leads me to the fact that we cannot even get consistently average play from our QBĂ˘â‚¬â„˘s
4) Fiasco with the offensive coordinators
We may or may not want to face it as fans but our offense is in serious trouble and we have only two preseason games left. I know Ricky Williams (Jerk) leaving and BostonĂ˘â‚¬â„˘s injury are not the managementĂ˘â‚¬â„˘s fault, however, one thing that was in their control was rebuilding the o-line and to date it has bee a nightmare (other than the pick-up and play of Jeno James).