Originally Posted by wire2wire90
Long time lurker lovin' the hot stove league talk and ready to put in my two cents....
Glad to see you decided to post!
Interesting idea and one uttered in various forms by a few people.
Rebuilding, to me, is another way of saying accept crappyness for another 5 years at which point we'll launch another 5 year plan. There are several flaws in this idea, IMO.
1) Scouting: The scouting and player development departments have been decimated since the mid 1980's. Waynes basically had since the end of last season to deal with improving it. I wouldn't want to depend on the current scouting department to find all of the "almost ready prospects" that we'll be counting on to help us succeed in 5 years.
2) Continuity: There is no way Wayne would survive 5 more years if he took this route. That means in year 2, 3 or 4 he would be gone and we'd get a new GM. Who would come in, spend some time checking things out, and then launch into another rebuilding plan.
3) Long term revenue increase: The ONLY way to boost revenue in a meaningfull way is to increase attendence. The team has sucked long enough that it will take a winning team for a period of time to convinvce the casual fans to come back. A 5 year plan means 5 more years of payroll at the same level, same amount of revenue to invest in scouting and player development, same amount of of money to invest in FO staff, etc.
Wayne has a difficult tightrope to walk of ballencing winning NOW and building for the future. Sometimes I think he works too hard to acomplish both so his player moves leave you scratching your head. But over time, I think this is the best way to rebuild the team from the missmanagement and abuse it's suffered since the early 1980's.