This is brutal. It's hard for me to even write about it . . . so I won't. O.k. I will. In McD's time, this is the one move (along with trading up for richard quin) that simply left me scratching my head like . . . huh? Other controversial moves . . . I got. Tebow, I got it - the ultimate character / leader and the ultimate project mechanically for a QB guru. McBath in the 2nd when everyone else hated it, I got it - super productive, physical safety in a league full of NFL qb talent he still had huge ball production and lead the Big 12 in INTs. DThom over Dez and others, I got it - Bmarsh size, with better speed, soft-spoken kid who came from nothing, has a huge football IQ and all the upside in the world. BTW, I especially loved the touch of making our first two players #88 and #15. Awesome, and don't think that was unintentional.
I also love how McD wheels and deals and just seems to generate draft picks out of thin air. Even his controversial free agent moves . . . I've understood. Cutting Andre Davis, Stokely, Reid . . . . I've seen how his philosophy comes through in those moves - valuing special teams etc. But the Phonzy move was a mistake, and we all have to call a spade a spade, even if it's a deuce - or double deuce in this case.
Any of you who know me know I'm a McD apologist. I also love his bold moves and conviction. I think he's a genius. I was willing to cut him some slack on his first draft b/c he hadn't been here that long, didn't have his people in place to evaluate talent etc . . . . But, he has to temper that aggression a bit in that situation, no? If you haven't had time to evaluate talent, why not wait, keep that extra 1st round pick (capital) and use it in a deeper draft to go up or down or pick? In that situation, why make that move on that player? Sure he had great ball production and he looked like the second coming of Asante Samuel. But can you imagine the draft we would've had this year had McD not thrown away the Phonz pick? I mean . . . it could have been historic. Tebow, Thomas and maybe trade up to take McClain in the first? You could literally devote a post to what could've been (please do this, someone).
Bottom line, everyone makes mistakes. I'm not calling for McD's head or anything. But this is a dark dark day when you look at the piece or pieces we missed out on had McD applied his situational philosophy to his situation as a new coach.
By the way, does anyone know what "undisclosed draft pick" we got along with Gronkowski for Phonz?