Having the second pick in the draft didn’t hurt either...
This is what the NFL is built on. Being able to turn things around quickly and go from worst to first. This was like when the Colts were 2-14 and got Luck and went 11-5 the next season. The problem is getting those types of guys at 13 is hard to do.
Irsay has always said draft decisions are made as a team between the GM, the coaching staff, and him. No question Ballard is the leader in there on this but Irsay and Reich will have a major say. That’s also what owners look for when they hire a GM. A guy they can work with. Irsay tends to let the football guys make the final calls but he likes to be involved in the process. So I don’t see it as being an issue about pushing as much as it will be about the team coming to an agreement. Dungy talked about this when he said he had to sell Polian on Freeney and Polian had to sell him on Sanders in the draft as an example. That’s part of why I think Grigson and Pagano failed as it sounds like they didn’t mesh as a team very well.
You mean OTHER THAN play great the Senior Bowl week? He was known by everyone and then he had a great Senior Bowl week and suddenly he’s one of the most popular players in the website.
Have you forgotten this already?
Teams will learn plenty about Herbert and countless other players. That’s why there are all star games and the combine and pro days, etc. This is a very important time for teams. There’s lots to be learned for the next three months.