Reading Mike Shanahan's mind (cont.)
“So, the off-season is here. Lots to do. We climbed from 4-12 to 6-10 in my first year, but at that rate we’ll just be 8-8 next year, and the fans will be calling for my head. Still, I think I can make this thing work, if I can just get the pieces I need.
“I’d love to get Andrew Luck from Stanford as my franchise quarterback, but he might not even come out. And, if he does, I don’t know that I have enough draft picks stockpiled to make the trade. I’d probably need to give Carolina at least my No. 1 this year and next, and my No. 2 this year and maybe next. That would be one heck of a gamble.
“The trouble is, these other guys, who might be available when we pick, they don’t excite me that much. Ryan Mallett isn’t quite ready for prime time. Cam Newton is a project, with a lot of work to do, and we’ve already been through that with an Auburn quarterback. And that guy out at University of Washington – whatever his name is – well, he just sort of disappeared, didn’t he? So I think we’re stuck with Rex Grossman for a year, unless I pull a surprise and make up with Donovan.
“The trouble is, we have so many needs. There’s work to do along the offensive line, just about everywhere except center and left tackle. We need a big wide receiver, somebody you have to account for. We need a cover corner. We need a defensive lineman who can be disruptive – but without paying $41 million this time.
“There are no really attractive quarterbacks available in free agency this year, unless you consider Kerry Collins attractive. On the offensive line, I would love to have Mr. Snyder open his checkbook to go after Tyson Clabo. Willie Colon is also an interesting choice if he’s all healed. Maybe we could steal Logan Mankins (fat chance!). And if New Orleans gives a fat contract to Jermon Bushrod, maybe we can slip in there and sign Carl Nicks out from under their noses, because the Saints can’t possibly pay both of them the big bucks.
“On the defensive line, there are two big names available: Mathias Kiwanuka and Cullen Jenkins. Either one would require big money to sign, but not $41 million guaranteed. (Why does that figure stay in my head?) As for cornerbacks, none of the guys out there impresses me much, so we’ll likely keep our guys and work through the draft. I do think Antonio Cromartie might be interesting. Of course, what we need is a free safety. Tanard Jackson might be available cheap, given his problems. But do I really want to take on another problem child?
“You know something? Being in charge of personnel isn’t as easy as I thought it would be. I wonder whether I could turn it over to somebody else and just focus on the coaching ...”
Stephen L. Carter
| January 6, 2011; 10:58 AM ET
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