Originally Posted by tru80texan
You are correct & that's what I meant to be honest. Initially Smith had a mess, but the issues now are his & his alone. When all else fails too many STILL try to fall back on the Casserly/ Capers excuse which is no longer valid at this point.
Smith, as GM, can only acquire the pieces. He has done that. Does anyone disagree that he has assembled a very talented and young team? It is a team that has won the division and a playoff game each of the past two seasons without any beneficial anomalies like abnormally good team health or inordinate amount of close wins. This is a team where the bulk of the talent is on the front side of its career. Given Smith's success in the draft the past 4 years and the team's ability to acquire extra compensatory picks the next few seasons, the expiring veteran contracts and cap-friendly contracts, I don't expect the talent level or production to drop... do you? why?