As for Bruce, even riding with Art's version, I don't like the narrative from the framework of the power structure of the front office and I don't care whether it was existing like that from day 1 or it evolved into it. Who was to blame in the spitting match between Scot and Bruce, I don't really care. But watching how Scot left the door and ditto Shanny both under Bruce's watch -- I suspect if its not Bruce someone at Redskins Park isn't Mr. or Mrs Easy Going about things.
As for free agency. I defended Scot/Bruce's approach before the start of this round of FA by more or less saying I got the vibe that it will change this time. And moving cap room forward and not spending previously will help the push for the playoffs this year. So far it didn't happen. So now I am the reverse of how you described yourself about the FO. I'd turned from defender to critic with the disclaimer of they can still do something and I haven't given up.
The way I defended the FO previously is accept the premise of the critics. Yeah a good chuck of the cheap "bargain" free agents have failed. But when you are shopping in the flea market really most teams fail with these type of signings. Yeah their signings last year to improve the weak D line were "meh" K. Reyes and Ziggy Hood. But watch what they do this off season. Watch this off season was my theme. But this off season is really like the others so far.
Maybe my perspective on this it too influenced by Giants fans who are basically all my in-laws. Because I watched them turned their horrific defense around over night the previous off season by "overpaying" for 3 stud defensive players. They didn't get any Bruce style bargains. Now when i turn on the TV this off season, I am watching the NFL pundits argue whose got the division is it the Giants or the Cowboys. We aren't even in the conversation. I am sure Giant fans don't care when they watch Damon Harrison stuff Rob Kelly like he's a rag doll -- that they overpaid for him. When we likely discover that Stacy McGee is no Damon Harrison, I am not going to say to myself on the couch but you know what maybe not so -- but what a deal Bruce got him for!
Having said that, as I've mentioned on this thread I like the Bruce style of bargains as part of the soup. It shouldn't be the whole drill or even most of it IMO. A big part of the idea of FA is if you want the really good players, you rarely get them at a discount and if anything you have to overpay for them.
And I do agree more help could be on the way. Desean Jackson was a decent size splurge years back but not huge. Norman was a huge one and I suspect that one was very driven by Scot and I explained why in another post. But sometimes you got to take more drastic measures when you have a unit that's historically bad. At the moment, we have the equivalent of a roof that's falling apart and instead of buying a new one we are caulking up the cracks. When the Giants roof was falling apart they replaced it. And arguably now they are a better team than we are. They were more than the Redskins could handle with the playoffs on the line.
As for the current FA haul. I love Pryor and I like Swearinger. I do think though if they don't get lucky in the draft the D line is going to be bullied and overrun just as much as they were last season.