I agree that Ryan is not responsible for our 12 loss season last year. Its
almost shocking that no one saw the Offensive line for what it was, and
the defensive line for that matter too. The injuries hurt too, but many teams go through injuries and have back-ups who can fill in.
Both recievers being 10 million a year players or close to it; makes filling in for them a little harder; but many a team has found a nugget when injuries occur instead of going "Harry Douglas" who has close to proven he can't fill the role in a big way.
Look, I have taken issue with Douglas making boo-boos in big moments. However, he was a 1,000 yard receiver last year. He has proven that he's a plenty capable WR. Our issue with Douglas is that our coaching does not do a good job of putting him into situations where he excels. Also, our QB has a tendency to throw high, and Douglas doesn't do very well with that. Though Douglas has proven that he's not the kind of receiver that you break the bank for, he's adequate. He would probably excel on a team where there was a seam stretching TE and a deep threat WR on the field when he was. Last year, we asked a short, scrappy guy to replace a tall deep threat WR, and one of the league's best possession receivers. In either case, he's not a suitable replacement for those guys.
If Its Ryan who likes the check down then we're in trouble!!
There are two parts to this. First one... Under Smith, Ryan has been taught to check down, and that, "long is never wrong," in terms of throwing deep. (which is why so many of Ryan's deep passes were out of bounds, or uncatchable early in his career)
The second part of this is that we didn't run deep routes last year. As soon as Jones went down, we gave up on any kind of deep game at all. That we went out and signed, "Robiskie!!!!" is proof that we didn't give a crap about having a deep game. This is completely on the staff. Ryan has proven that he can throw it deep if he's asked to.
Being just 10 million under the cap is not that good. Julio gets paid again next year, restruction Roddy can help some, but a #6 pick will cost, as will any addition that really adds value.
Yet another reason that we never should have traded so many picks to get one guy. We have our, "franchise players," in Matt Ryan and Roddy White. We also had Tony Gonzales. We didn't need to give up a bunch of picks to get another franchise player. I know that I'm never going to sway you guys on this trade, but to me, this trade is the most recognizable symptom of a bad front office. They mortgaged the future to try to win a Superbowl, and it didn't work. (It almost never does)