ORIGINAL: Bill Jandro
ORIGINAL: Bill Johanesen
Hughes was a terrible choice at the time. We had Waynes, Rhodes, Mac as starters. Waynes & Mac still had two years on rookie deal. There was no reason to believe Rhodes was going to drop off a cliff. Added James and Hill as developmental guys. James has since started for the Eagles, signing a 1 year ext before a season ending injury. This was a team coming off the NFCCG and had glaring holes/immediate needs.
2018: PFF 61.6, allowed a 66.7 comp%, 9.1 yds/target, and a 104% rating.
2019: PFF 58.7, allowed a 61.2%, 7.2 per target, and a 91.9% rating.
2020: PFF 54.4, 75% comp %, 13.1 per target, and a 126.3% rating.
Injuries might have derailed his development but this was not a good return on a first round pick.
I didn't like the pick, but the pick showed they were planning at CB which was what the earlier posts about Hughes were about. The three incumbent CBs were simply not all going to be around due to the high cost. So the idea would be Hughes would step in to remedy that. And Waynes may have been on a rookie deal, but it was a very expensive last year or two.
Needs elsewhere... related but different topic.
Either they wanted Hughes to be the bridge or they wanted to make CB an overwhelming strength.
In many circumstances it's a great idea, that type of forward thinking. In my opinion, that wasn't the time for it. You just signed Cousins to record setting contract, had a window to be competitive and your oline had been in shambles for years. In 2018 Waynes contract was 2.2M, Waynes fifth year option was 9M.
As someone else posted, that's the time to pick a raw tools guy that needs development, ie Hunter when Robison and Griffith were starting.
Normal regimes (or should I say upper ones) would build around an investment like Cousins so that he can succeed. I guess I simply don't understand Spielmans philosophy here. We've been weak up the middle throughout his tenure. He must really, really devalue the G position. hasn't worked out well.
Agreed, Cousins positives and negatives are no secret. Speilman seems to be the only person on planet earth that doesn't know he needs above average OL play to be at his best.