Just thought I would provide more of my insights on free agency. Last post I spoke about Seymore as a type of FA that filled the need of experienced vet for the d-line. Note that such a FA is needed only when there is inexperienced youth or in sudden injury; otherwise, those FAs should not be taken, particularly because they are so costly and messes with the salary cap. Perhaps at this time the only possible need for an experienced vet would be at wr, but Hue wants to go with what we got, and I am compelled to agree with Hue because I believe in our receivers. You might argue that such an FA can fit in the o-line, but I believe Gallery showed what he could do when coached properly and given other players that know what they are doing to work with (e.g., Veldheer). He might be criticized for inconsistency, but I think that Gallery is going in the right direction and under Hue's guidance will only get better. What Gallery needs to do is step up as the o-line leader as Seymore is for the d-line. Besides, Gallery has a jump on other vets because he is experienced in knowing how Oak plays more so than other vets acquired in FA.
Let's discuss other FAs that may not be so costly yet can potentially work out so perfectly. One of Al's favorites is picking up former No.1 drafts that did not work out. This is where I think Al is really on track. One of the best examples is John Matuszak (Tooz). He was the very first in his draft that year and was picked up by KC. He had an attitude that did not fit with KC. Tooz did not have misplaced emotions, he was just very spirited, emotions that worked in Oak's favor because he already had some angst against the other teams in our division, and even stronger angst against KC for not coaching him properly. Note that he had not been around the league and was really looking for a place to fit so when he came to Oak, he became a classic example of being dedicated to the silver and black. In all, all teams, particularly those in our division, experienced the wrath of the Tooz. A current example is John Henderson's angst against Jacksonville. I cannot emphasize how important it is to have that dedication, otherwise, a player cannot play to his full potential. A player is either burnt out and is on his way out of the league after failing at several places and we want to avoid players like that because they are actually misleading and will likely lead to heartache. The other reason a player rotates around the league is because he is an established player and fills the need as an experienced vet, but that can also bring heartache - I will defend that position next post. Picking up players that have only been at one other team can make good choices in free agency. I tend to see Jarvis Moss as one of those players and have high hopes he might be the second coming of Tooz. He was criticized for not making sacks and he managed 2 in the final games of the season. Let's hope all he needs is good coaching and understanding because he might become a beast with his physical attributes. Like the Tooz, he is happy to have left the Broncs and appeared ready to become a dedicated Raider as he mentioned how happy he was with what Al offered - he is looking for home and hopefully has found it here.
Next post I will discuss a post on the negative side of experienced vets and the positive side of drafting from college.