OK, I too was somewhat dismayed at our drafting strategy beginning with the second round, but our good folks here at MHR turned the tide for me. I am generally a true believer, but I had a number of questions that needed answered throughout the past 48 hours.
Our first day pick's highlight reels are very impressive, as these reels tend to be. All five are truly great at what they do and as many have pointed out, we actually got the top performer at the position in one athletic form or another. This in itself bodes well for the future of our team.
HOWEVER, nothing is getting me more excited than actually watching how these young men handled themselves at Dove Valley during the Press Conferences. (click on the Video and Audio tab to view the clips) To see that they are intelligent, passionate, articulate men of integrity gives me great excitement for the future! Especially after some of the personnel (and personal) failings of the recent Shanny era (and I am a huge Shanny supporter).
Having been a collegiate HC for 14 years, I am convinced that the combination of great athletic skills with high personal integrity and work ethic is paramount in building long-term success at the championship level. I will go to sleep tonight secure in the fact that I am now thouroughly convinced Mr. Bowlen made the correct decision when he tabbed Coach McDaniels to rebuild our proud franchise. Given time, it WILL be one we can be proud of and we will celebrate another Championship in the not to distant future.
Sappy sentiments? Sure...
Yet these are my honest observations after almost 3 decades reading people in athletics, teaching, media business and global marketing.
Coach McDaniels truly means it when he says, "We want good people..."
Trust me, it will pay off big time soon.