Originally Posted by Corrosion
In hindsight .... do you really believe they would have fared better with Peppers over Carr ?
To be quite honest , I beileve they would have been nobetter or worse .... Peppers is a great player but he wouldnt have won them games alone ... sure it may have changed draft plans past tense , but... I dont thin it would have made an expansion team any better during the life of their respective contracts.
They had to build talent and depth at other positions to be competetive.
I think it is reasonable to believe that we would have been better off selecting Peppers.
We spent the first four years trying to improve the offensive line. The whole offense had issues, the defense had issues, but for the most part, the OL got more attention than it should have because we never wanted to admit the problem, or at least a big part of the problem, was the guy behind the OL.
He made the OL look worse than they were. He made the receivers look worse than they were. He made the TEs, RBs look worse than they were. & the defense can only do so much when the offense doesn't do it's part.
Not blaming everything on Carr, moreso the people who made the decision to stick with him for so long. Carr had his bright spots. I thoroughly enjoyed watching him play the game the first two years. It was mid-way through year three that I started feeling like we were treading water & losing ground.
I do not have that feeling about Schaub. From my seat, high above Reliant, when Carr played I could see open receivers on every play even though he would check it down. I haven't seen it often with Schaub. & when I did see it, it was difficult to tell if the open receiver was open before Schaub decided to check it down, or chunk it.
Right now, my belief is that if Schaub checked it down, it was the best decision he could have made with the information he had at the time. In fact, Schuab's criticism as of late, was that he wasn't seeing the open guy underneath & taking chances on the deeper routes. Again, not something I've seen throughout his career, forcing the ball.
It leads me to believe the "pressure" to win was something he struggled with & I believe the experience of "being there, done that" is going to help him & our team in the future.