Originally Posted by whoman69
I always hated when someone back then said we were on a youth movement. If you're on a youth movement you try to sign young players that will be your future. They got young guys that were warm bodies to fill out the roster. We had so many guys on that team that should have never been in the NFL.
Herm pushed for Croyle to start over Huard -- the wrong QB, but youth nonetheless. He cut Surtain and started Carr and Flowers as rookies. He cut Wiegmann for Niswanger (again, wrong guy, but youth nonetheless). He gave Tank and Turk a lot of playing time and played Pollard and Page over established vets like Knight and Wesley. And when everybody insisted that he wait for Branden Albert to learn the Left Tackle position, he started him right away.
It took guts for Herm to do what he did. He could have played veterans and saved his job, but he instead committed to playing youth, even if that meant losing.
Bad coach, but he put this team in a much better place.