Originally Posted by Texecutioner
I don't think he has to win a SB to prove that he is a good GM. As long as he can consistently whip out strong teams from year to year and build a really strong one back if we have a lousy season, then that's the sign of a good GM to me. When I see Rick Smith standing pat every off season with this mythical dream that some rookies out of the draft are going to cover up the gaping holes we have on this team from year to year, then that shows me that the guy doesn't learn from his past mistakes, nor from other mistakes in history with other franchises. I certainly don't expect to see him making the Texans a major player in free agency or trades in every off season, but since he has been here it has only taken place in one off season out of what 6 or 7 now?? That's a horrible ratio and I don't see him managing the cap situation that well. Not that the Texans cap is easy with a lot of the successful 1st round picks and all, but I find it incredibly challenging for anyone to make a case that Rick Smith is some rennaisance man as a GM in this league.
I think it's been shown year in and year out that teams that rely upon free agency to build their teams don't win. How much money did Philly shell out for their "Dream Team"? They should be cutting Nnamdi today and they're no closer to competing for a playoff spot than Cleveland ever is.
I think the fact that Smith has built a playoff team without having to buy players every year shows that he's doing a good job. Yeah, we're only 2-2 in the playoffs, but considering this was still an expansion team as far as talent goes when he took it over we're in good shape. We have a strong foundation and good players at many key positions. Do we have holes? Yep. Every team has some. You can't have All-Pro caliber players at every position with a hard cap. As long as we get into the playoffs each year we have a chance at winning the Super Bowl. No team is a lock and no team is a guaranteed one and done once the playoffs begin. I think most people felt Baltimore would lose to Denver if not to Indy, but look what happened.
Build through the draft.