This team doesn't seem like it's been operating under a consistent blueprint under Whaley. Are we pushing for playoffs or are we rebuilding? Each year it seems to be a little of both and each year we end up somewhere in the middle.
If this comes to pass, then it makes all of Whaley's QB choices highly questionable. The only ones that have somewhat worked out are Kyle Orton and Tyrod Taylor and both were clearly Coach recruitments.
Kolb, EJ, Thad, Tuel, Cassel, Cardale — how much can you expect a team to win with a guy like that as your starter?
I disagree with this statement...from what I have seen from Whaley he's been aggressively working to compete not rebuild. Evidence is that is how active he has been in the trade markets and who he has targeted. I think this board is the only place that muddies the water and skews perception. This board at times seems to struggle to differentiate the words "building" and "rebuilding". The difference is simple...all teams are always 'Building" their roster to be better than the year before. A "rebuild" is essentially scrapping the plan and tearing it down to build it back up.
What Whaley has been doing is constantly trying to build what was a weak roster overall when he took over into a talented roster than can compete. He's made aggressive moves to get guys like Sammy and McCoy. You don't make those trades in a rebuild. He has cut underperforming vets like Mario to make room to resign our good FA's and worked to always retain our better players and focus on finding value in the FA market. Everything he's done every year has been a clear indicator of building the roster up. He has yet to just throw in the towel and focus on a rebuild.
This offseason will be interesting though. If he cuts TT and goes all in with a rookie or Cardale, then you can say Whaley has decided its time to retool and start rebuilding and going in a different direction. However, if he keeps TT or cuts him because he trades for a guy like Romo, then his focus would still be on building as he would view someone like him as the piece to get us over the top.