Originally Posted by eriadoc
He was hired right after the draft. So he GMed the 2006 team.
All the big free agents moves and draft were done before he came in 2006. You can say he was in the car but he didn't pick it.
2006 made a good storyline for you but going with Smith's first draft doesn't play out so well.
Oakland - jack
Detroit - 1 wild card loss
Cleveland - jack
Tampa - 1 wild card loss
Arizona - 2 playoffs including SB loss - and let's face it that was considered the fluke SB run of all time.
Paints a little different picture. Circumstances matter. Some teams aren't as good as their record reflects - see 2004 Texans who were nowhere close to on the verge. Some teams aren't near as bad as their record reflects - see the 2005 hobo Saints.