Judging by the amount of Rumblers who have been extremely critical by the lack of FA signings thus far, I will probably get lambasted for this article but I feel it's worth mentioning and I am a big boy so I can take the criticism.
First of all, let me say that I was quite skeptical of the Chix hiring and so far I am quite impressed. What I like is that they definitely know where they want to go and they are sticking to their plan. I have no clue how good the plan will turn out but just the fact that they have a solid plan and are so focused is very refreshing.
1) Nix said right off the bat that he didn't care about public opinion and he wanted an experienced guy, preferably an offensive minded guy that was a great teacher. He hired Chan Gailey. You can say a lot of things about Chan Gailey but nobody can argue that he fits all criteria that Nix set. Nix got criticized but like he said, he didn't care.
2) Chan Gailey said he'd hire great teachers not necessarily the most popular coordinators out there. Again, he did not seem too concerned about public opinion. He knows what he wants and he went out and got it. I don't think many people could argue that the guys he brought in are all great teachers but also they fit his plan. The best example is Edwards, a great Linebacker teacher who has a lot of experience, he's coached both the 4-3 as well as the 3-4 and more importantly he coached a transitioning team from 4-3 to 3-4. One of our biggest investments currently on the team (Maybin) should prosper under the tutelage of a great Linebacker coach/teacher.
3) Nix said in his opening speech that he was very concerned with the rash of injuries the past few years and that he's pay special attention to trying to fix that problem. Chix went out and hired two Strength coaches, something that has probably never been seen before. I don't know if it will be good or bad, actually I can't imagine it being a bad thing at all but regardless, Nix was true to his word once again, he's pulling out the stops trying to fix a serious problem that has handicapped our team for several years now.
4) Nix said that he strongly believed that you re-build a team through the draft not through free agency. He clearly indicated not to expect anything but a few depth additions in Free Agency. Nobody should be upset or surprised by what has transpired since last Friday. Again he seems to be very true to his word.
5) Specifically as it pertains to Free Agency, Nix also said that he believes in keeping his players and building from within. Rewarding the players that were drafted by the team and developed by the team. Often you see a new administration come in and cut everyone only to start over with their guys. When Nix suggested that he thinks he has some quality at the QB position and that he doesn't necessarily need to change anything there, I was surprised. Not for the reasons you might think, I was surprised because he once again is true to his word. Edwards was drafted by this organization and has not been dealt the best hand the past few years (carousel of bad coordinators and lack of a real system). Edwards did show some glimpses of stardom and then he also looked just about as bad as can be. I don't know if his career can be salvaged but I sure has hell like the fact that Nix has the jewels to actually consider keeping him to give him another shot.
6) The last few days we've seen a bunch of visits being planned with round 1-2 prospects. One thing I can say about this new administration is they definitely seem to be thorough and they seem to work hard. It would not surprise me at all if they schedule more 1:1s than any other administration we've had in the past. I get the impression that they believe in drafting the best player on the board, which is probably why they are doing they homework properly.
In conclusion, whether you agree with the approach or not, Nix definitely is demonstrating through his words as well as his actions, that he has a plan. And this my friends, is miles better than we've had in a very long time.
Buddy, keep it up - you are earning my respect.