played and played well yesterday, and considering we now have the benefits of a season of hindsight, what would you have done differently with last off-season moves?
If we didn't pull the trigger on either of those off-season moves, Brunell and Portis/Baily, the impacts now might look something like this...........
1. We would have a full season of PR behind center, therefore a better, more seasoned QB and arguably, might have made the play-offs.
2. I think our running game would have been more proficient because I think Betts is more suited for this line and the Gibbs/Bugel running scheme.
3. We wouldn't have lost Champ or if we did want to give him up due to attitude or salary cap, we might have been able to trade for another position...........name it. I'll admit I don't remember which players were disgruntled and trying to leave their teams but you get the point. I also acknowledge that pulling a trade of that magnitude is NOT an everyday kind of occurance. However, my point is, if we were confident enough in Betts we wouldn't have traded Champ for Portis. We could have traded him somewhere else or used the money he was looking for to sign him, not Portis.
4. With the money not spent on Brunell's and Portis' contract we might have been able to afford Kearse. Imagine this defense with Griffin and Kearse on the D-Line, Champ and Taylor in the backfield. Yes, Champ is over-rated and yes Springs did just fine this year. But even today, if I had to pick between Champ and Springs, I think I'd take Champ.
3. We wuld have saved the draft picks given up for both Brunell and Portis.
Of course this is all conjecture and admitedly, we have the 20/20 vision of hindsight, but unfortunately, we are now offiially in the off-season and other than offering draft scenarios, we stuck with these type of conversations.