bulldog Posted August 13, 2003 Share Posted August 13, 2003 from a talent standpoint I think the Skins could and should be competitive for the playoffs. You look at teams like the Browns and Atlanta last year that made the postseason and I have a hard time running down their rosters and finding better players than we have here. what has happened is Spurrier had a much steeper learning curve in Year 1 than I thought he was going to have. he spent 10 years as a qb in the NFL and yet looked to be entering the league for the first time in 2002. certainly, the failure of the Gator qbs in 2002 was not that great a surprise given their records elsewhere. I had some hopes that Matthews could provide enough veteran stability as say Rodney Peete did in Carolina to allow the Skins with better talent elsewhere to be a wildcard type team. It is indeed surprising to me that Spurrier was that taken aback by the performances in 2002 given that often college qbs have had a difficult time transitioning to the NFL since before Steve was drafted in 1967. Some just don't make it. The games are different. The skill set required to be successful up here in the 'bigs' is different Now, that we are entering Year 2 it is time to put up or shut up. There are better players on the OL, at WR and better depth at CB and S. There are holes at DT right now and inexperience at QB. A good front office will work to find a solution at DT that does not derail the entire season and a good coach will work to make things manageable for a young qb just earning his stripes. In my mind it is time for a team with Bailey, Jansen, Samuels, Coles, Gardner, Arrington, Trotter and a host of others to show itself and be counted. Given what we saw Bill Bellichick do in 2001 with the Patriots, Vermeil do with the Rams in 1999 and Billick do with the Ravens in 2000, there is a higher bar for Spurrier to clear in 2003 than might have been the case in 1980 during a time when less player movement meant a longer time in building up a team to be a contender. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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