Top Ten Tuesday: Worst Howie Roseman Moves
The Andy Reid hot seat is heating up this week. It's easy to assign blame to the guy we perceive as in charge of the entire organization. While the Reid bashing is fun, let's not forget to assign some blame to the guy in charge of helping him shape a disjointed and disoriented roster. Ladies and germs, Howie Roseman!
This week's Top Ten Tuesday: Worst Howie Roseman era moves
1. Drafting Brandon Graham over Earl Thomas, Jason Pierre-Paul, Mike Iupati, and Maurkice Pouncey- You can defend Graham by referencing his injury last season, but it doesn't excuse the star quality of the players selected almost directly after him. Also, it was hard to find many talent evaluators who thought Graham looked like a star coming out of Michigan.
2. Drafting Nate Allen over Rob Gronkowski, Dayrl Washington, Carlos Dunlap, and Ben Tate - Much like Graham, it's tough to evaluate Allen because of the serious knee injury he suffered last year. Regardless, he looks lost out there right now. The four players selected soon after are budding All-Pros.
3. Signing Ndami Asomugha to a five-year, $60 million contract - Go ahead, blame Juan Castillo. The defensive coaches have used one of the leagues best man corners in zone coverage for most of the season. While they haven't used Asomugha to his strengths, wasn't this guy supposed to be an elite defender? Charles Woodson plays the slot, Rod Woodson did the same. Why can't Nnamdi make plays when he's not in his comfort zones? Four more years of this doesn't sound like much to be excited about.
4. Wasting seven draft picks on Daniel Te'o-Nesheim, Trevard Lindley, Keenan Clayton, Rickey Sapp, Charles Scott, Jeff Owens - Talk about throwing a draft away.
5. Taking a 26-year old inexperienced guard with the 23rd pick in the 2011 NFL Draft - Danny Watkins hasn't been bad, but he certainly hasn't been great. He might become a solid NFL player, but the idea of drafting this kid in the first round seemed strange from the moment the pick was announced.
6. Signing Steve Smith to a one-year, $4 million contract - 11 receptions, 124 yards, 1 touchdown. Looks like the Giants new what they were talking about when it came to how ready Smith would be this season.
7. Failing to bring in a veteran linebacker to push Casey Matthews during training camp - Nick Barnett, Kirk Morrison, Jack Hamm. Pick a linebacker, any linebacker. The fact that Roseman allowed Juan Castillo to name this kid a starter before the first preseason game was pure comedy.
8. Botching the DeSean Jackson contract situation - Jackson deserves the bulk of the blame for his inconsistent play, poor attitude, and lack of accountability he puts on himself. But the Eagles front office didn't handle his contract dispute the way they should have. Is he a $10 million player? No way. Is he a $600,000 player? Obviously not, either. There could have been a compromise here.
9. Assuming Dominic-Rogers Cromartie could become a slot corner - Most people thought getting DRC and a second rounder for Kevin Kolb was a great deal for Philadelphia. Kolb for a second rounder is reasonable enough, but DRC has been a disaster. He looked disinterested in being a slot corner from the opening snap of the season. It's hard to believe this guy was a Pro-Bowler.
10. Signing Michael Vick to a six-year, $100 million contract - I can write why in many different ways, but let's just keep it simple. Roseman and Co. turned the franchise over to an 11-year veteran who has exactly two playoff wins. That's a risk even when you factor out Vick's injury history, off the field issues, and reliance on his legs.