Here's the link:
I know , I know the article is about Bill Walsh's drafting philosophy. I hate everything niners as much as you do, but there were some points in the article that made a ton of sense to me and since the draft is just a few days hence - I thought it would be worth a little article. Commence jumping....
The first point about describing a player by the round or position taken vs. actual performance after the draft is the key to the article. If you consider the well reasoned justifications given by many on TST for the drafting or not drafting of Blackmon, Richardson, Kalil, Cox, DeCastro, Claiborne, etc.; then it makes this point even more relevant. Draft what the team needs, a player who will fit your system, and one who can contribute as quickly as possible in an effective way. I have already said my piece on who I think that is but suffice to say each one of these players qualifies regardless of where you think they should be drafted - especially if Fish believes they will perform right away.
The third point is the old adage: "a bird in the hand is worth two in the bush" - the Rams at the start of draft day will have 6 or 7 players they can draft at 6 - just pull the trigger on the ones that fall. We need all those positions anyway. Point 5 discusses one year wonders and gives good reason why to avoid Steven Hill and a few other players. Point 6 shows exactly why the Rams failed last year - McBozo did not seem willing to teach his system to the young receivers and Bradford. And Spags was unwilling to discipline him as a coach and dial it back. It is no wonder the best Ram games last year were with substitute QB's and dialed back game plans. Until McBozo learns that teaching skill he will never be a head coach again. I believe Fish is someone who will teach our young players to play the game and eventually a year or two from now we will all benefit as fans from his efforts and the winning seasons we will enjoy.
I won't summarize my feelings further except to say that I can see the Rams as an improved team this year - better coaching, better players in a number of key positions (at least three voids will be filled on draft day - when is the last time you saw a Rams draft do that), position coaches who know the position, a more favorable schedule, good players at more positions, etc.