So this is something i wrote right around the actual trade, been about a week now, but i figure it's still good enough for other people to read. Check it out after the jump.
I read Steve Czabans article on the RG3 trade which, shocker, he despises. He makes a lot of good points, and it a very good speaker/writer; very articulate. But it still gets me frustrated to read it and notice the blaring faults in the things he says as well as the people who agree with him. This isn't to criticize him specifically, in fact, the first commenter on the article actually was the one who set me off. what is written below the link to the article is pretty much verbatim my response to the first commenter with a few tweaks for clarity purposes.
If you don't have time to read the article, the first commenter mentioned how we overspend for awful talent naming Deion Sanders, Adam Archuletta, Antwan Randle El, Derrick Dockery, Albert Haynesworth, Mike Carrier, Bruce Smith, etc. he said some other stuff as well, but this got my brain started. I also want to re-iterate that it isn't really an attack on this person, or the article, but the overall negative mentality some fans have chosen to go to, but i digress... here was my response.
"that's interesting because all of those free agent pick ups were under a different GM and coach. and if you looked at the pieces we got in FA last year, there is a SIGNIFICANT difference in drive and leadership from those players than the players you so conveniently mentioned. We have made a lot of mistakes in the past, and for all i know (and everyone else for that matter) this could be one too. but don't automatically chalk this up to a loss before anything pans out. RG3 could be great, and Czabe is right, we will never get those picks back. But there are 6 OTHER ROUNDS in the draft, where you can pick up role-players and depth. and with SMART free agent signings, and not paying out the ass to under-performing old talent, you make up for the lost first rounders. I am pretty sure that Shanny and co. are the same group of people that turned 6 draft picks into TWELVE last year, that everyone met with praise... so just because they actually traded up for once they are stupid and suck at this business we call football? Sorry, but i am not so quick to jump on the 'loser mentality' bandwagon."
The idea that we are back to "Cerrato-Snyder" type business again insults me to no end. It is so cliche and EASY to jump to that conclusion because of a big trade that, just by the way, is the first time this regime has done something that bold. i know we traded away a 2nd and a 4th (or 5th?) for McNabb, but that obviously doesn't hold the same amount of weight this does. We also cut that loss getting a 5th (or 6th) back from the Vikings when we traded him there.
I GET that it was a high price to pay. and if it doesn't work out we are screwed. but that is the way of the NFL. We weren't going into the season with rex/beck again, and every option out there has some sense of uncertainty. i would rather take this, with the bountiful amounts of upside, as opposed to the obvious upside in a Manning with endless dark depths of downside.
Just, as a skins fan, take a moment to consider things positive can happen to this team, and don't chock everything up to something bad. Positive things will happen to this club, i am just hoping it is sooner, rather than later.