sandtrap Posted October 26, 2022 Share Posted October 26, 2022 Our last 2 first round picks have been offensive weapons in the passing game. I know Kyle Pitts has improved his blocking skill set but let’s not sit here thinking they drafted him because of his blocking potential. Both Pitts and London are guys that can easily win one-one-one match ups and even draw safety attention towards them, freeing up the other. We have incredible draft capital invested in 2 offensive weapons, specifically as receivers. We can argue why they’re not getting the ball but the issue still remains that these two who we are heavily invested in are not getting involved to the level of the draft capital invested. I personally think it’s time to give Ridder reps and see what we have but that’s not the point of this post. It’s my personal opinion that Ridder would be a better passer than Mariota has been. That’s irrelevant though. I feel like it was a failure from a personnel perspective either 1) assuming our line could protect enough to get the ball into these receivers hands or 2) assuming you didn’t need to game plan like you have a jr college quarterback you’re afraid will immediately lose the game for you if they throw the ball. If the failure is due to #1 above, we should have invested in shoring up our deficiencies on the line instead of getting offensive weapons we can't even get the ball to. It's not like we had a significant injury to our line that altered our plans. We knew what we had. if the failure is due to #2, Do you think Mariota’s ability has degraded that significantly from what AS and his brain trust thought when they signed him before the draft? Or did their opinion of his ability change because he became a fumble machine? I mentioned in another thread but Mariota has NEVER thrown for over 3,500 yards in his career. Yes the turnovers were problematic but Mariota is largely who he's always been. So I don't buy that his ability has deteriorated that significant from what they though they were getting when they signed him. The other option could be that yes we’re rebuilding, so they liked Drake enough to want him for next year, you know, when we're not rebuilding anymore and trying to win? Yes, I agree, weird argument. That thinking conflicts with the pick of Kyle Pitts last year with the 8th overall pick and goes against everything AS says in public about wanting to win. I find it hard to believe that he really doesn’t see a chance to win at all and is planning some grand scheme to crush it a year or two from now while expecting to lose this year. Everyone is frustrated but I'm curious where you guys put the blame in this context. I'm still not sure which is more likely. I guess the most likely thing is that it's a combination of the two and other factors but either way they need to get their ish together 🤣. Whichever it is, what's clear is that there was a failure from a personnel perspective. Killing Floor, nutsandbolts and tbhawksfan 3 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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