No, I wasn't point fingers at you about lavishing unquestioned praise. That was more of a general comment for those whom "the glove fit."
I agree that Rex has made some players better and has gotten solid defense from a bunch of jags at times. Maybe I expect too much of him since his reputation is so great, but there's just too many times where his D can't get the job done when the chips are down, and he's too slow to make adjustments when things aren't working. I also find it incredibly odd that Rex has been expected to create a winner without giving him the tools he needs on D to build a dominant D (pass-rushing OLB and FS). Based on Tanny's not having any experience or knowledge of personnel, I have to believe that Rex had a lot of input into the draft and FA every year, but perhaps that isn't accurate.
I guess I probably also have lost confidence in him because of his cluelessness regarding offense and his lack of discipline and accountability.
Maybe bringing up Gholston was a cheap shot at Rex, because by and large I agree with you, but part of me can't help but think that if Rex was as great at developing players as some claim, he would have found a way to reach and turn Gholston into a player in spite of himself since the kid has all the physical talent in the world.
I wasn't making light of Pouha. He has worked his butt off, maximized his talent, and has succeeded with strength, hard work and will. My point is that Ellis has far greater athleticism and tools and was dominant in college, so with a great coach and developer, it's hard for me to understand why he hasn't developed yet. I hope you're right that he will this year, but I fear that Garay will be the starter, not Ellis and that Ellis is gonna wind up being a bust.
My major gripes with Rex are his failings as a HC, not as a DC, but I do think that some here (but as I now see obviously not you) don't acknowledge those failings.
It's an understandable gripe. He was hired to be the HC not the DC. His contribution to more than just the defense seems to be painting red yellow green colors on Mark's wrist, pushing for Plaxico Burress ("he, can we get that guy?"), making sulky Sanchez and dirtbag jerkoff Holmes team captains, and babbling about how Mark Sanchez gives us the best chance to win to everyone who asked and to plenty who didn't.
Oh yeah, he also spoke far too much to draft picks he wanted to select, when there was some doubt they would be available to us. No one knows how the last 2 drafts would have otherwise unfolded exactly, but he hardly helped.
Look, I scream at the TV and curse out with the best of them but the only way that wouldn't happen is if he never made mistakes. The team that wins our division every single year and seems to go to the SB every other year is FAR worse at developing their own players. As great as Gronk & Hernandez have turned out, how many TEs did BB draft & go through before that? 10? I know he burned a couple of first rounders on Graham & Watson. They kicked around the league for a while but when you take a TE in round 1 they're supposed to be better than meh. What of all the atrocious RBs and WRs he drafted? Every year or two he'd have to bring in some other teams' veterans to cover up for him missing on every WR he drafted. Every year these bozos would get A+ draft grades and every year hardly any (if any at all) panned out.
But he lucked into Brady and he cheated his way to a few rings, so no one remembers the dozens of total garbage he drafted while trading up & down, trying to look more clever than everyone else. Meanwhile it seems plenty of guys he took or didn't take were based on who a player's college coach was and/or who his agent was. Winning hides an awful lot of shortcomings in developing players (as well as every commentator overlooking what a slimy, bloodcurdling douchebag he is).
If Rex loses again - and if he loses colorfully like he's made a habit of doing - he's not going to be able to hang his hat or his shoes or whatever on a pair of AFCCG losses a few years back. The reality is if he'd been given a quality OC and a quality QB few would realize what a pathetic excuse of a HC he is for at least half his team. Think Sean Payton has his fingerprints all over the Saints' defense? Me neither. He may very well be just as clueless on that side of the ball as Rex is on offense. But like BB with Brady, he stepped in sh*t with Brees, his offense puts up points since his expertise is on the side of the ball the rules are skewed to favor now, and he's got a SB ring, so he gets a pass on what he's terrible at.
There are other coaches just like that. Coaches who are considered pretty good (or better than Rex anyway). Let Rex do what he wants on defense, give him a quality QB, OC, and OL, and the truth is he can still take the team pretty far. Look how far he got with no pass rushers and Mark Sanchez and some pretty mediocre receivers. As bad as the team's outlook is & has been, if MM keeps Rex out of his office and David Garrard can stay healthy, who's to say how far this team could go even though they're still only 1 year into a 2 year rebuild.