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One Last Thing From The Presser

Was wondering what you guys thought of the idea posited by the Skins on Tuesday that there was probably no one in the draft who could earn a starting job on their roster out of training camp.

Have to say that while I am all for a bit of gamesmanship this time of year, and like we addressed yesterday, we fully understand that teams are going to make statements of varying degrees of legitimacy before the draft - and that's all well and good ... but this one immediately raised my eyebrows.

Since the team fell in a rut last season Coach Joe has been maintaining that he believes they are much better than their record, that they are just a few pieces away and, like Snyder said yesterday, they are poised for improvement. If they're right, then it should be a lot easier doing my job this season as a winning team is always more fun to be around.

But if that fundamental determination is off, then you have to wonder about the approach overall. Because if they have misjudged their current talent level and the ability of some veterans on that team to really contribute (a big problem here in years past), then there could be trouble a brewin' again down the road.

I think part of the point Coach was making with his statements yesterday was speaking to the fact this is not a very deep draft at many positions and there are major questions with even many of the top rated players. But to repeatedly profess the belief that it's unlikely anyone in this draft could start ahead of guys on a 5-11 team that includes projected current starters like say: Lloyd, Daniels, Salave'a/Golston, Rogers, Prioleau, McIntosh/Marshall, Todd Wade, even Carter? I just can't buy that.

Doesn't pass the old smell test for me. Now, Coach has to know the relative merits of his roster better than any of us, and, again, maybe he was saying it more as a generality and just kind of throwing it out there as a preemptive explanation should they end up drafting a player who does not fit a particular need at this time.

And, again, I get that, I'm cool with it, whatever. But if it does reflect to a larger feeling about the overall state of the team, and how close indeed it might be to fulfilling those annual Super Bowl goals, perhaps it bears monitoring.

Any thoughts on this one? Am I out on a limb here a la Arch Deluxe?

By Jason La Canfora  |  April 25, 2007; 11:30 AM ET
 
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