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Old 04-26-2005, 10:21 AM   #1
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Walters new column 4/25/05

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Re: Walters new column 4/25/05

WOW, that is depressing.
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Re: Walters new column 4/25/05

I agree Malcolm, tough to hear but this is one mans opinion. The truth will be known in 2009.
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It's kind of pointless to rank drafts this early like that. Nobody has any idea who had the best draft, have to wait a few years.

And secondly, if the offseasons of the Dan Snyder have been cheered by the fans, and they produced THOSE results, then obviously the conventional wisdom isn't very wise. If people are ripping on this draft and ripping on this offseason, then maybe we're finally onto something.
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Old 04-26-2005, 12:29 PM   #5
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Trevor Walters is very good and entertaining columnist in my book. Even when I disagree with him, as I do with his concerns about the first round of our draft, I still enjoy reading his views. This is what think about the choice of Carlos Rogers over Mike Williams:

I agree with some of what Boss Hog was saying. First of all, we must expect a very different wide receiving group this year. Coles is gone and that is good in my book (from an attitude perspective and a downfield speed perspective). We have great leadership, speed and enthusiasm in David Patten, and if ever gets his tail to camp, a fast and very capable player in Santana Moss. Furthermore, I for one really like the potential of Taylor Jacobs and finally he is really going to have a good opportunity to show what he can do.

Gardner it looks like may be here too, but no doubt he won't see much playing time unless he is the Dr. Jekyll Gardner and not the Mr. Hyde Gardner. McCants was not around essentially last year but this year he no doubt aims to prove himself, and James Thrash is a super team leader and very fast and its great he's here.

Originally I thought we would take a receiver at #9, but as I think about it it, we actually have enormous change at this position with our excellent offseason moves, etc. Who would have more impact, Mike Williams or a shutdown cornerback in Carlos Rogers?

Rogers is a top notch player at his critical position and Williams is a top notch player at his. We have had change on the defense - and that has been the loss of two key players, including Fred Smoot, at the even more than ever critical position (with the new rules) of cornerback.

If we had overpaid for Fred Smoot, it would have thrown our salary structure out of whack and it would have looked like we were bending out of shape to sign a player for more than he was worth, more than other players at his position on the team, and that would have been a blow against team unity. Plus, Smoot was was almost asking to leave the team by rejecting the Redskins' generous offer.

So we went for team unity, we got a brilliant new player with a great attitude who really wants to be here, and we chose a player at a position we needed help at. Garnell Wilds has great promise and I think he will start someday, and Shawn Springs has played Pro Bowl type ball for us, and Walt Harris is a tough and capable veteran no doubt, but thinking in terms of the future and also the present need for depth at this critical position, it was a clear choice for Carlos Rogers.
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Very good points Shane.
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I completely agree with this column. The early picks were insane. Mike Williams is a beast. The worst case scenario with Williams is that he will be a Pro Bowl H-back--which happens to be a staple of the Gibbs offense. No offense to Chris Cooley--but Williams is a man among boys in the redzone. In this day and age of former basketball players turned superior receivers (i.e. Moss, Owens, Gates, Gonzalez) Williams would have been an amazing pick. I mean D. McCants played bball at Delaware State and look what he does in the redzone??? Williams is simply is a take your breath away player.
As far as Rogers--I don't know if he will be a player or not. What I do know is a Gregg Williams defense makes a lot of people look good. Everyone is salivating for Garnell Wilds based on a few games last year. If we can plug in a free agent corner and have half the people on this site rave about him--why do we need corner at pick 9? Half the defense last year seemed to be plug in FAs and our defense was top 5.
Lastly--the Campbell pick--this kid better be the real deal. Maybe Gibbs is counting on the "Rivers-Brees effect" to get Ramsey kickstarted. I for one like Ramsey but am not sold on him either. It just seems to me that the team does not have the luxury to mortgage three picks on a project at this point.
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Also very good points. I do see Rodgers being an impact player. He is a physical presence and a great cover man.
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I still wish that somehow we would have ended up with Jones.
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I really have never played Madden since it was NFL Football 94 for Sega. Hopefully that gives me a less-skewed view.
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Then again, it wouldn't have lasted long. Unlike some of you guys, I'm able to seperate my Madden life from reality. Anybody see the commercial for 2006? It seems like the intro only will have the improved graphics. The screenshots don't look as tight.
The whole commerical looked pretty damn sick to me, you weren't impressed??
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So what about the other 80 yards on the field? My point is, we've already adressed or WR needs (part of that was forced by Coles demanding a trade). Just for arguing sakes, what type of success do you think Mike Williams will have against a number one corner such as Spriings, Bailey, or McCalister? With the new illegal contact rules speedy WRs were more sought than the slower posession WRs. How come so many CBs were taken so early? Why was Matt Jones the fourth WR drafted?
Mike Williams will fare just fine against todays #1 corners. If you play to his strengths--like Pete Carroll did--he is going to be a hell of a weapon. The new contact rules benefit receivers who can get off the ball well (not get bumped off within 5 yards--which the little WRs have to overcome) and those who can create their own space once downfield. Space can be created by a couple ways: by being a target in a zone defense, by running away from the DB in man to man, or by outboxing the DB in check coverage. Mike Williams will not get knocked off the ball with his frame, and can create space in a zone and on boxout plays. He might not be able to blow by people on the post--but isn't that why we have Moss and Patten? The bottom line is big or small if a receiver can create get off the line (by using his size or speed) and create space--then you've got a player--which Williams is.
I do think picking a CB was fine--but in this draft where the CB was deep--we had greater value picking Williams at 9 and a CB later.
Matt Jones has great combine numbers. And 5 career catches. That's all we can say about him at this point...
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In my opinion Mike Williams will become a Marcus Robinson type player good for the occasional jump ball but never relizing the true potential. I wanted him at first when he fell to us but now that I rethought it I like Rodgers. Campbell I'm hoping we wind up in the Chargers situation, Ramsey blows up and Campbell sits there thus is my dream, hopefully soon to be a reality
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