I never said you were. Those are framing phrases that are almost universally viewed as mistakes in the NFL. So using them to describe the act of carefully vetting a Free Agency player and submitting to them a competitive offer for their services for several years is a choice. Again, never said you did, I am not going to get bogged down in a discussion about words in mouths. They were in your post, they are framing terms, unflattering ones at that. Its like the difference between saying "abusive and authoritarian" vs "aggressive and motivational" on your resume.Mothman wrote: "Go for broke" was the phrase Mansquatch used in his post. I simply asked for clarification on how he was using it.
Who said it was a band-aid? I was using the phrase in a literal sense, to characterize the idea that the Vikings should try to quickly fix/rebuild their offensive line in one offseason, primarily through free agency. I didn't intend it to have a negative connotation.
Why do you think I'm trying to make choices seem unpalatable before they're made? I'm not opposed to signing free agents. I'm just seeking clarity in the conversation.
Its very clear you are open to it. It is clear that the continued general preference is to build through the draft. Time isn't on our side though. A perfect example is Harrison Smith. Beyond some extreme outliers (woodson) most Safeties retire around 32 years of age. So he has 4-5 years left. Everson griffen is 3-4 years from retiring. Robison is there, literally, any year now could be his last. It is mind boggling to me that the some people (not saying you) think that drafting all of our future oline players is the smart move, We could finish that JUST in time for a terrible season where we complain we don't have solid enough safeties or defensive ends, etc. We should build them through the draft... Just in time to not have an Oline... etc Free Agency is a supplemental tool and one that a team missing its first round pick should lean heavily on. If we manage to restructure AP. we should have nearly 30 million in cap space. We should overpay for Oline talent because its what we need and its the way the league is slanting already. Drafting is key but we need the free agents to shorten the turn around time.