Anyone else a tad bit sad but still relieved?
Obviously PM is a clear upgrade from Smith, but this whole deal just seemed like a huge shift in the road map.
Haters and apologists alike
can should agree that Smith is a bridge to the future. This team is still building, regardless of our break out season last year, not as in retool the whole operation but still needing a reliable QB and WRs. CK, on paper at least, is the perfect replacement for Smith.. an upgrade on all the facets that Smith brings in; being able to run, taller and has a stronger arm. And it looks like we have upgraded our receivers too.
With so many rookies coming in to bad teams and playing well/good.. I think we are in a great spot. We finished well ahead of where anyone thought we would and we were able to let CK watch and learn. Bringing in PM would have thrown this into a mess. Yes it would mean possibly getting to the playoffs (Oh wait we did that) or even playing for a SB shot (Oh wait we did that too) (And I believe we would have stormed the Pats in the SB) but on the flip side, the possibility of a season ending injury is huge for him. Then where are we? Hoping that he will make it back for another year? Building a FA team around him for 'one last shot' each year? Going thru the Favre 'will he wont he' thing each off season? Even our offense would have had to change for him, no matter how small you think it would be, it still changes. And then back again when he does go down or leaves and CK comes in.
Stick to the road map! Our FO has made great decisions the last couple years, and our team is young, cap healthy and on the upswing. Not bringing back Smith wouldn't even be the end of the world for me at this point. We dodged a bullet like Neo on this deal.
O and the dog thing was intentional, I didn't want Sing to beat me over the head with his giant cross