In an article today out at SI.com, Mike Lombardi who writes from the perspective of a GM for them (and whom I feel gets things right on occassion, a huge concession by me as I feel all of us here at Rumblings are better than 90% of the GMs in the leadue). Anyhow, in his article here he details how he would approach football in 2010 starting today.
He lists five major areas in which he would concentrate his teams resources, including hiring extra coaches (which was funny in a way since some teams have more than 30! 30! coaches on their roster). The five areas are as follows:
- Making a list- who MUST stay a team member and whom can be traded or cut.
- Establishing the core- Find as many young guys with talent (drafted or undrafted, ps, street FA, whatever) and cut the older players so the majority of your team is 5 years or less of experience.
- Prepare for a draft-free year- One thing all the pundits I have been reading haven't pointed out is that 2011 will have NO draft at all, none. Mike stresses hiring more scouts and just plastering the 60 best schools with your guys and making sure you have your sites set on the best guys and be ready to spend to get them.
- Instigate trade talks- Start looking to unload guys who will either be too old, or FAs by 2010 for as many picks as you can get in 2009 and 2010. Literally, if you can get a 2nd, 5th and a next year 7th for Reggie Bush, unload him now Saints is his philosophy. He really stresses the long term over the current season or two.
- Develop players- He stresses making guys appear for 100% attendance at off-season workouts, and if the union decertifies due to no CBA extension, the teams interestingly enough can make their guys appear for offseason conditioning, no matter if a guy wants to miss. This means the players are under the same constraints as any of us at our blue or white collar jobs! If I don't show up for a couple of days without an explanation, I can get fired, and it looks like the teams may get the same benefit after the CBA dies.
Mike also points out some interesting points. He feels many teams if they go uncapped in 2010 will actually institute their own salary cap meaning that its going to be lower than most people think. Many of the team owners (Ralph, Brown and the Rooney's especially) rely on their teams to be money makers, so it behooves them to hold costs down, and since there will be no minimum salary cap level (85%) currently, then we could see some salary slashing up ahead Bills fans.
And for the DJ haters out there, Mike stresses that many owners will go into a 3 year plan mode, meaning the staff and GM will be sticking at many teams till after the uncapped year hits if it gets that far. Mike said specifically: "The head coach's job is not in jeopardy. It is critical to show the entire staff the three-year plan, letting them know they will be a vital part of making this work. "
So after reading this article Bills fans I want to know two things:
1- Who are your irreplaceable players on the current roster for a 2010 uncapped year.
2- Who are the replacable players on the current roster for a 2010 uncapped year.
Lets see what you all think and if there is any consensus among us about whom to keep to and whom to get rid of.