Don't have the time or energy to discuss point for point with both of you but do appreciate the debate and responses.
I don't at all feel like my position is that hard to understand. I'm not backtracking or being disingenuous and I stand behind everything I've ever said as totally meaning it. I guess a lot of what I say is either not being adequately communicated, or maybe I'm just being misunderstood. Not sure, but if we were talking in person maybe my attitude or feelings would be more clearly communicated. Sometimes hard to do that on a message board.
I love our last two drafts. I love the fact that we don't totally ignore free agency but rather use it as a tool to augment the roster. Basically, you could say, I am in total agreement that this is the best way to build a contender since we don't have a HOF QB to fall back on.
My stance wouldn't change if Bruce were reassigned or let go. He happens to be the team president while all of these positives, in my opinion, are taking place. So yeah, chalk me up as confused at the level of hostility directed his way. I choose not to partake, because I care way more about the actual moves taking place. And not trying to figure out the inner workings of Redskins Park, which is a futile exercise in my opinion. I don't trust the local media at all when it comes to reporting accurately or fairly about the team. Just like all of us, I want to see the Redskins win. And talent and stability wins, both of which we now have. That's all I really care about. We will see if that translates to 10+ wins this year.
And again, there is a huge difference between defending Bruce as you say, and simply dismissing much of the media hoopla surrounding him as overblown and inconsequential to the part that really matters when it comes to success in the National Football League. Which is building a talented roster and winning football games. I am choosing to take this stance BEFORE they actually prove they are capable of becoming a consistent contender. That is probably part of the confusion and why my stance is somewhat unpopular. I am of the belief that they were a playoff team last year derailed by injuries. I think we got even better this off season. So I operate from that vantage point.
There are things I like that Bruce has presumably brought to the team. And there are things I don't like. More good than bad, but again, I don't really think he's the main driving force behind personnel decisions. I think Jay and Kyle Smith (previously Scott) are. Which to me, indicates someone that is allowing the experts do their job. Another reason why I think the media spin about Bruce is overplayed and overblown and not factual. I don't think all of the things I am praising would be taking place were that truly the case.
Not going to open up the Kirk can of worms again, but all I will say is that was an extremely complex situation dictated by very unusual circumstances. And I attempted to shed light on some of those and explain that I thought Kirk should shoulder some of the responsibility for not working out a LTA. If that means I love Bruce and hate Kirk, so be it.
And lastly, the press conference. Once again, it seems some have a very difficult time discerning defending and dismissing. My take was similar to Cooleys. It backfired, but just didn't think it was that big of a deal. I re read it a year later, and it still didn't seem like that big of a deal. I realize that's a unique take and I'll own it. But that's very different than me saying "Bruce should have absolutely conducted that press conference." Nothing good can come from airing negotiations in public. But again, just not a huge deal. I don't care to partake in a media firestorm for a 3 paragraph and 30 second long message that basically detailed we offered Kirk a long term deal, he chose to play on the franchise tag, and we are excited to see what this season has in store and hope to come to an agreement in the future. I hope this doesn't trigger some long drawn out response about following the whole process closely and paying attention to what everyone is saying. I get it. I just don't care nor care to join in with the pitchforks. If that makes me a Bruce lover, so be it