Originally Posted by ObsiWan
Your problem is you keep looking for one guy to blame. There is no "one guy" unless you want to go with "the buck stops here" approach, then it's Bob McNair. It's his money so, bottom line, he has to sign off on everything.
But I don't think there's "one guy". It's the coordinators and the head coach who establish player performance level and necessity to their scheme. They establish who's working well and therefore who's worth paying. It's Rick's job to pay them no more than the "going rate" (at the time the contract is agreed to) based on past and anticipated future level of performance. This is the tricky part because you're mostly guessing how good a guy is going to be. Finally, it's Olsen's job to make sure we stay out of Cap Hell while fitting as many quality players (as identified by the coaching staff) as we can under the cap.
Future performance, no matter who it is, is a roll of the dice.
The discussion/debate about Foster's contract is he could've been tendered for $2 million the same year he signed the $8million per yr + contract.
In regards to one person being responsible, that belonged to Kubiak, he's the one who said make it happen and it was up to Smith and Olsen to make it so. That's pretty much SOP and what happens and is carried out starting with the person with final say on the 53 man roster, which Kubiak did have. IMHO I think Bill O'Brien also has FINAL SAY on the 53 man roster although it will be presented as a collaborative collective effort. However, Bob McNair will always have SELECTIVE INTERFERENCE (Ed REED).