Originally Posted by Texecutioner
When Rick Smith learns how to make trades where he can dump poor assets and acquire strong players consistently instead of having this "follow behind poppa Kubiak" with his "build through the draft only" approach then I'll refer to him as "shrewd." Until then, he'll continue to be a guy that is average at best that looks good because of Kubiak and Wade's cherry picked guys in the draft. Rick Smith doesn't seem to know how to make strong trades at all and I hate that about him. He has only had one off season where he went after some help in free agency and it worked out very well, but we haven't seemed to have figured out how to free up cap money since.
Lol at the idea of Rick Smith being shrewd.
Umm, we got a 3rd and a 4th for Demeco Ryans last year. Not bad for an aging, MLB, one year removed from a torn achilles tendon who was a liability in pass coverage when he was young and healthy.
How about the trade down in 2008 to drop back and grab Duane Brown one pick before the Chargers grabbed him. How does that move look now?
How about last off-season when he got us cap healthy without sacrificing the season and landed us (likely) 4 compensatory draft picks for this year, including a 3rd rounder?
How about outbidding the Bears a few years ago for an UDFA, offering a rare two year contract to lure him out of Chicago: Arian Foster?
He has let Dunta walk, and he let Mario walk away despite a lot of noise suggesting it was very foolish to do so... The Texans did have a choice, by the way. They could have restructured contracts and chosen not to pay some of Foster, Brown, Myers, Schaub... electing to "win now" with Mario and worry about the future when they had to. Good thing Rick and company avoided that nonsense!