Amen. Center, which was a huge strength when Birk was here, has been a weakness since he retired. I, Big time, wanted us to get Mack. I am fast losing faith with "In Ozzie we trust". In fact, I think that I, actually, Have lost faith with it. Just too many high round draft choice misses. That, and what I've come to believe is his failed strategy of hoarding mid round draft choices. I've come to believe that he has to move to a quality verses quantity philosophy in the draft, but with his all too often whiffs in those early rounds, I'm not so sure that he can be successful with that either. I am Not a Flacco basher but, after watching Matt Ryan, I've come to believe that Ozzie should have listened to Bisciotti and moved up for Ryan instead of insisting that Flacco was the right guy for us. After years of denying it, I'm now at the point where I believe that Ryan is the better QB of the two.
But yeah, I still remember his agent saying that we could lock up a probowl center who will be healthy and dominant in the prime of his career. Then this year watched as teams like the Falcons and Patriots just outright robbed first round talent from Cleveland for nothing or next to nothing. Huh, which teams are in the super bowl? I'm saying it now as a joke because I'm just noticing it as I write this, but look who took Cleveland's castoffs and notice when they are playing. I wish there were a few more chances to rob them. It is why their moneyball approach in the NFL won't work, you can't replace elite first round talent with a bunch of low round picks, and especially not immediately without a good development program.