It's been a long time since I have posted, but I felt that the Alphonso Smith trade needed to have some perspective. There will obviously be a fair amount of backlash from those in the media and blogsphere regarding Coach McDaniels failed gamble in the Alphonso Smith pick, and I will admit that I did not like the pick for a variety of reasons and thought it was a poor gamble by McDaniels. I had hoped I would be proven wrong on this opinion, but that was not to be the case. This post is not intended as a "I told you so", but more of I am glad that the coach is willing to recognize a mistake and move on. Let me be the first or one of the first to commend McDaniels in admitting to the mistake early and moving on from it. No one in the NFL is a perfect talent evaluator, not McDaniels, not Xanders, not Belichek, not Piolli, not Walsh, not Kiper, not Broncoman. Even the greatest coaches have made some bone headed choices in the NFL draft, reached for players, made poor value choices, and made poor gambles. Everyone makes mistakes, everyone gets fooled, gets sold on players that have no business in the NFL, what I find commendable is that McDaniels was able to distance himself from his ego and do what is best for the team. Many a first year NFL coach would not be able to admit the mistake and try to move on, many would have kept Smith with the hope that his potential somehow could be realized. It happens in the business world all the time, you get fooled by a resume or interview and hire the wrong person, a good manager is able to admit the mistake, get rid of the person and move on, the poor manager keeps the person around dragging down the company because they don't want to look like they made a mistake. This latter attitude generally will cost managers their jobs eventually and will cost coaches their jobs in addition. I commend McDaniels from being able to look at the team and do what was in the best interest. As Bill Parcels says, "Potential gets coaches fired." I still find a lot of McDaniels picks questionable, but if he is willing to admit the mistakes, learn from them, and do what is best for the team, then that's all I can ask for. Kudos from Broncoman.