- The Reds, to their credit, seem to have realized this. Their plan to build through the draft and with international signings was sound (and even more necessary for a small-market team in baseball as opposed to the socialist paradise of the NFL). It worked from 2010-13 but has failed spectacularly since. They also mismanaged their teardown in '14 and '15. They seem to have taken a look at what they have (including the minors, which appear to have a lot of solid prospects but few, if any, potential stars), decided it isn't good enough and are trying to build in a different way. Who knows if it will work, but you have to applaud the effort (unless they have another terrible start and then you can boo all you want).
- By the way, the knock on Carson Palmer coming out of USC was that he didn't have the mental makeup of the type of clubhouse leader you want your QB to be, and history has borne that out. His ability to find open receivers and throw them the ball made the Bengals and Cardinals better, but I'm not sure there is any evidence he had a positive impact in those locker rooms. And of course he quit on the Bengals and they got better without him with a guy who lacks some of his physical qualities and isn't much of a leader either. So take his point of view with a grain of salt. Like a lot of takes that go viral these days, it lines up more conveniently with perception than reality.
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