Bruce Arians met the media on Monday, and for the second straight week he told them that rookie tight end Coby Fleener and cornerback Vontae Davis are OUT for Thursday night's game against the Jaguars on NFL Network.
Both Davis and Fleener can be considered disappointments thus far this season, and, interestingly, both cost the Colts second round picks. Fleener was drafted No. 34 overall (second pick in round two) of the 2012 NFL Draft while Davis was traded, via the Dolphins, for a second rounder in next year's draft.
It probably would have made more sense for Ryan Grigson to draft Janoris Jenkins with the 34th pick. Dwayne Allen (taken in the early third round by the Colts) is pretty obviously a better receiving and blocking tight end than Fleener. Jenkins is having an outstanding year in St. Louis with 41 tackles, a pick, and nine passes defended. With Jenkins, the need to trade for Davis is not as great, and, thus, the Colts don't get fleeced by the Dolphins, who are going to have three picks in the first two rounds next year.
Yes, yes, yes, I know. Hindsight. 20-20. Blah-blah. Excuses. Excuses.
Bottom line with NFL GMs is that when hindsight is applied to their decisions, it's one thing to nitpick. It's another to evaluate key decisions involving high draft picks, look at the results, and come to a conclusion that, yeah, so far, drafting Fleener and trading for Davis probably weren't good ideas. The return-on-investment is lacking. Neither has done anything worth noting in 2012, and unlike college basketball, rookies and new guys in the man's league don't have time to sit on the bench and develop.
NFL = Not For Long. Close, or hit the bricks. I'll keep writing this until it sinks in for some of you. Players are expected to produce right away. When they don't, their value to the franchise will be questioned. We call this stuff "accountability."
Really folks, it's OK to be critical. It's what you're supposed to do as fans. No GM is a "genius," and it's not like a little criticism is going to hurt Ryan Grigson, whose been pretty good overall this year.
Look for reserve tight end Weslye Saunders to replace Fleener and corner Cassius Vaughn to replace Davis again this week.