You can see this clearly in NE. They get Moss, Welker, Thomas, and Seau then draft Seymour, Warren, Mankins, and Chung. But seldom do the rookies start, they are groomed.
You saw it in the Jets when Mancini was coach, now we have seen it in Denver with Coach McDaniels.
Dawkins, Hill, Goodman, Davis, Fields, Griesen, Parker, Reid, Buckhalter, Jordan, Arrington, Gaffney were brought in started/contributed and the core of the Broncos was formulated. Then the draft.
When issues arose and changes were needed, it was not the rookies but more vets like Gorin, Lloyd, and trade for Smith, Hochstein and Law.
Is it no trust in the rookies or just the philosophy because 9 out of 10 years NE is always drafting in the 20 range of picks. Not the ‘NFL ready’ players but the prospects that they coach up to NFL ready players.
I think also that Coach McDaniels wanted to do well but had too big of hill because he had to teach his new coaches first then they had to teach the players in the new schemes.
I am curious how he will react in the second year. Will he cut Law and leave Alphonso Smith at nickel to really learn the NFL? Will he put Seth Olsen at guard to show his ability? Now he did rely on rookies to an extent, like Moreno starting, McBath in for injured Dawkins, and the special teams. I think Moreno was more because of the 12th pick (and ability).
I do see some dead weight for 2010. These are players that did not grade out well at all and with the uncapped season they can be let go with no salary repercussions.
Brandon Lloyd (may be an exception)