Draft picks should have been used for building depth, and look how our drafts have been used for the past few years. It's early and my brain isn't fully up, but other than Kerley I can't think of any quality picks.
Guys like the Terminator washed out of the league, and replaced by aging veteran FBs. That's 1 draft pick, and a FA contract or two now, to add Lex Hilliard to the roster. The cost of doing business on that is WAY too much. This is one small example, but it's a perfect example of why we are in this mess.
I think Rex and Tanny share equal accountability for how this roster was built, or not built.
John Connor is emblematic with what is wrong with our perception of depth picks. He was not a homerun draft pick, but he certainly is NOT out of the league. He is on the Bengals and played down the stretch and In the playoffs. He was a pretty good special teams player and made the roster for 3 years. They only cut the guy because he was hurt and they needed to add bodies due to injury concerns. It happens all the time around the league. You guys all think they would have drafted depth there, but it is more likely that they would have drafted some sh*tty G that would have sat and never played and been cut in year two. If Rex didn't say he picked the guy nobody would remember his name. Think Mitch Petrus. It is true that missing on too many of those picks, amplified by the fact that they had so few is a problem, but Connor was at least an average pick. Most of those guys are on practice squads their first year or two.
This year = fair opportunity.
He's been given a clean slate and he'll be getting a ton of new pieces, experienced and not, to coach up. If he gets these guys to gel and overachieve, he'll have restored my faith in him. If it's more of the same, then he can go screw.
I'm not sure that this year is a fair opportunity. I don't think we can say so without knowing what kind of roster they plan on putting on the field and what their expectations will be. Shane certainly thinks it won't be a fair opportunity. He thinks they play to put a young sh*tty roster on the field and have a Lovie Smith style playoffs or fired mandate. In NY sometimes even a good job with the personnel available gets you killed in the press and can get you fired.