When they aren’t, the clouds of doom begin to grow and the sky begins to fall. The funny thing about this is, name the Free Agent signing class that pushed a team all the way to the Super Bowl. Maybe Deion Sanders did twice for the San Francisco 49ers in 1994 and the Cowboys in 1995. Has anyone else ever been that final impetus that pushed a team up the long slope to the precipice of glory? Peyton Manning wasn’t. Will Wes Welker be it and prove this theory wrong? I honestly can’t think of a single situation other than Deion where this has happened.
Think about the Philadelphia Eagles “Dream Team” off season of just two years ago. Instead of pushing them to the top of the NFL Mountain they ended up in the NFC East cellar, and many of the pieces of that puzzle are now gone. The Eagles are not alone in these big splash off seasons and failure. It is virtually a redundant theme. Just look at the lavish spending sprees of Dan Snyder and the Washington Redskins. For years they were the off season champions with every player seeming to want to go there for millions. It didn’t work. Until last year they spent six of the last eight years in the NFC East cellar where big spender Philadelphia just landed as mentioned.
How did the Redskins dig their way out of hell? Through the Draft that for years they shunned. And I’m not just talking about the price they paid for their Quarterback. In case no one noticed they had the best rushing attack in the NFC East last year with a very nice rookie Running Back from Central Florida whom I happen to think was more valuable to them than their QB was. Alfred Morris is a reminder of how you truly build a Championship contending team, by drafting guys who can help you.
Super Bowl contenders are not created from the scrap heaps of high priced Free Agency. Not at all. Championships are won in April with solid drafting. Look at the Baltimore Ravens. Is their General Manager Ozzie Newsome known as a player in Free Agency, or as a solid Drafter? It is the Draft, not Free Agency that is the catalyst of winning.