I agree. I'm as disappointed in the downturn this season has taken as anyone, but I still think there's a lot of positives to take from this current regime. Pryor's development is one of them. If anything, this thread topic perfectly illustrates how unrealistic our expectations have become this year. This team has drafted very poorly for a while now, and one offseason of big time free agent spending isn't going to suddenly turn things around. It's going to take a couple of good drafts to right this ship. I'm confident that Maccagnan can do it, because his scouting background is solid. Also I've noticed people are getting on Maccagnan for spending big in free agency, as if he had a choice. People are forgetting that since Idzik sat on all of that cap money in 2014, the CBA required that we spend big last offseason.
Good post. I agree with you. The complaints about some of Bowles' decisions (ex: going on 4th down instead of kicking a field goal) during games are coming from people who didn't follow Bowles during his time as a defensive coordinator. He has always been a risk taker. Sometimes they pay off, and he looks brilliant. Other times they don't, and he looks bad. Lately they haven't worked, so it obviously looks bad. The other thing to note is some of his moves can also be attributed to him being inexperienced as a head coach. Fans get annoyed because our coaches always seem to make rookie mistakes. But that's what happens when you're always hiring the hot coordinator du jour, instead of a guy who has been a head coach before. What we should be hoping to see is Bowles learning from his mistakes. That was something Rex seemed to be unable to do.