He was the starting quarterback of a team that won the Superbowl, he gets the credit just as Trent Dilfer did - it's similar to a starting pitcher who gives up 3 home runs but still wins the game due to his offense hitting 4.
Injuries can happen anywhere. But the O-line has been Dallas’s bread and butter. They’ve had success with this formula.
Ultimately, my point is this... you take talent over the positional need. Positional needs win when the players you’re deciding on are roughly equal. Isn’t Nelson performing at a level that makes him either the best or near the best player in the draft? I think so. Then we took the right guy at pick 6.
Ballard always said the weakside outside backer in his 4-3 was the most important LB spot of the three. He has to be an impact guy. Then Leonard was the right pick at 36.
Ballard says he and his team look at money every day. Literally, every day. They are not caught off guard. They are not unprepared.
And Ballard can be tough. We signed Desir to a 3/25 contract. And after he had a disappointing year — one year — we cut him. I don’t know if Desir wouldn’t renegotiate and take a cut in pay, and we let him go. Ballard went out and signed Xavier Rhodes. Thus is a bottom line business and Ballard can be a tough guy. Tough, but fair, IMO.
There isn’t a perfect formula. There isn't one way to build a roster and team. I don’t know why you don’t have faith in the guy and his team to make correct decisions. No one is perfect in personnel. No one. We could have a monster thread of all of Belichick’s misses in the draft and free agency. But he’s still the best at what he does. It’s an inexact science. Ballard is good at his job. I don’t lose a minutes sleep worrying over what he has done or will do. I’m glad he’s our guy. If you’d been around here during the Grigson years you’d understand why Ballard gets the benefit of the doubt from so many here.
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