I mean he did drafted a starting NFL QB unlike Pace.
Actually, he did not. Rick Smith was the GM of the Texans when they drafted Watson.
That is true, though I imagine as the coach, O'Brien was on board drafting him as well. Smith stepped out of his position due to a family emergency, which has O'Brien in charge... I can't say he's done well for himself after paying a king's ransom for Laremy Tunsil and shipping off DeAndre Hopkins for a low price.
Post by billymurray on Jul 29, 2020 17:13:43 GMT -6
The Shaheen trade was great! Got something for a player that would have been cut!
His big 1st round picks at the top of the draft have mainly been big projections over consistent college numbers (White, Flo, Trubisky) that have cost the Bears dearly and unfortunately he's made the mistakes more glaring by trading up. He has shown he has learned by taking Roquan. Zero #1 picks to judge the last 2 drafts.
What I believe is most concerning is how the TE position has been a position of need all through Pace's tenure. 5 years later they are still addressing it. Adam Shaheen was a grade F pick at the time and proved that. Trey Burton at the time was said Bears overpaid and that proved true. There was Daniel Jones, oft injured Zach Miller (very unfortunate end - & that was a TD!), Ben Braunecker and many others.
Pace knew the FA class of TE's was going to be slim this off season yet did nothing creative to put himself in a better position. Maybe he was enamored with Jimmy Graham and hadn't seen him play since they were both with the Saints. He paid for him like he had just left the Saints. So Pace must've missed the years away from Brees.
2015 Jimmy went to the Seahawks and caused a stir that Russell did not know how to use a TE. Finally, the Seahawks decided they would deal with Russell's shortcomings and Jimmy was going to play with a QB w/proven TE knowledge and productivity. A match made in heaven it was said. Back to those gawdy stats like his 2014 Saints days. Except he only played well versus the Bears. After his pay day this off-season the conspiracy Pace only watched Jimmy when he either played for him or against him has really taken off. Fortunately Cole Kmet fell into their laps. I hope I am wrong about Jimmy. I dont see him having better luck with Trubisky or Foles throwing to him than he did with Rodgers or Russell.