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  1. Front Office Hires - Love them or hate them?

    If you will notice the GM of the Rams, Les Snead, and the GM of the 49ers, Jon Lynch, are both in their 50's. So, while there are coaches that trend younger - unlike baseball you don't see too many 35 year old GM's in the NFL. Smith was the Director of College Scouting here and then VP for...
  2. 2021 Free Agency and Roster

    Good teams use quantity of quality at one position to add key pieces elsewhere on the roster. In the era of the salary cap you simply can't afford to stockpile talent at one position and ride it as second contracts then constrain what you can do at other positions and you risk having an...
  3. Front Office Hires - Love them or hate them?

    Well, no matter how the team approaches the draft my one hope for 2021 and beyond is that while we are rebuilding this squad we stay away from taking early flyers on injured players who are on crutches, facing or have come off major surgery which potentially compromises their future durability...
  4. Martin Mayhew Named GM

    Let's be real. Coaches hire people they know. Belichick does it. Reid does it. Parcells and Gibbs did it. Since Washington is setting up its organization in a coach-centric environment, you are not going to see a strong, independent-minded GM like a Bobby Beathard coming here under Rivera. A...
  5. Front Office Hires - Love them or hate them?

    Rivera said from Day 1 that the team was going to select Chase Young. That was IMO largely HIS belief of the right move based on how the players graded out. Kyle Smith didn't have to spoon feed him that one. You have to give the 'team' credit for a number of these selections and free agents...
  6. 2021 Free Agency and Roster

    My point was simply that we could offer ONE of that gaggle of players on the DL in a trade package to get a top 10-15 starting quarterback in Stafford from the Lions. Picks are no doubt a big piece of the package but getting a proven younger player is also attractive.
  7. Martin Mayhew Named GM

    While the trend has largely been to go younger with head coaching candidates, many of the GMs behind these coaches are long time league veterans as players or scouts/personnel evaluators. Sean McVay has Les Snead working the draft. Kyle Shanahan was hired by Jon Lynch, etc. Again, this is...
  8. 2021 Free Agency and Roster

    Yes, the Patriots and Denver have higher picks in Round 1 but Washington has a younger DL we can throw in the deal that these other teams don't have. Currently we have Chase Young, Montez Sweat, Daron Payne, Jonathan Allen, Matt Ioannidis, and Tim Settle. Assuming that under the cap the team...
  9. The Front Office

    The one trait of all notable GM's is they had their failures. Bill Belichick has not drafted well the past several years and his team has declined as the high picks have underperformed and key departing veterans have not been adequately replaced. Bobby Beathard's second round picks over time...
  10. Front Office Hires - Love them or hate them?

    This is definitely trust but verify. Jerry Richardson meddled in front office and personnel at times in Carolina, often to the detriment of the team. Hurney worked in that vortex. The Panthers drafted some core players under Hurney that went on to form the team that went to the Super Bowl in...
  11. The Front Office

    We don't know the internal dynamics. If there was a rift perhaps Rivera and Smith got along initially through the draft but over the summer started to have differences over roster composition and the handling of certain players, etc. Because this was a front office dynamic and didn't involve...
  12. Martin Mayhew Named GM

    I would think the recent examples of Sean McVay and Kyle Shanahan here are some evidence that you look at the individual and not necessarily the organization when evaluating candidates. In the case of the front office I can point to a number of people from New England or Seattle that have been...
  13. The Front Office

    The difference here is Washington chose not to extend or promote Smith whereas Shanahan, McVay, etc had no interest in staying for this dumpster fire under Allen and left as soon as they could. The NFL rule about giving SF a draft pick because they ‘developed’ Mayhew is a joke. How about...
  14. Martin Mayhew Named GM

    The danger with Snyder comes not in the selection of a GM or player personnel VP or assistant coach, etc. It comes in the selection of a franchise quarterback in the draft or the attempt to trade for a veteran like Matt Stafford or Deshaun Watson. That's where Snyder is likely to want to be...
  15. Martin Mayhew Named GM

    It's not that big of a deal. Mayhew needed to be interviewed for the GM position so the team could not be blocked from making contact (as a lateral) or have SF ask for draft pick compensation to have him join the team. All of the football operations people report to Rivera so they can call them...
  16. Poll - Brandon Scherff - The Question!

    Washington has Jonathan Allen, Montez Sweat and a host of other core younger players to lock up over the next 12-24 months. With the cap going down, as the GM I would not resign Scherff at 29 to a mega contract. His injury history weighs large in my mind. This team has draft picks to find...
  17. Martin Mayhew Named GM

    Hurney is 65 years old. My guess is he is a transitional figure helping Ron recover with a title GM. Mayhew may end up the Ass't GM and the heir apparent in a year or two when Marty exits. Just my two cents.
  18. Back Shoulder Fade - 2021 1st round Mock

    If you see Detroit taking Trey Lance, that means Matt Stafford will be on the move. If I am Washington I am looking at that potential deal with the Lions. I wouldn't be surprised to see Belichick and New England all over that either. After seeing Brady take the Bucs to the NFC title game in...
  19. A Grumpy Fan's Take - Bucs

    OK, but let's consider things. A lot of teams are going to be MILLIONS over the cap heading into the 2021 league year after the Super Bowl. There are going to be a number of very good players that end up as free agents on the market not because of age or performance but because of $$. Going...
  20. Random WFT Thoughts

    It's tough to judge based off one game and another quarter/half of a previous contest, but to me Taylor looks a bit like Tony Romo in terms of mobility and the ability to throw the ball on the run for off-schedule chunk plays. The biggest problem with the offense with Smith, Allen and...
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