Bad teams will always throw money at a player with stats.... Miami tried to buy a SB and that rarely works. Wallace is a tricky situation though because those highlights are flashy. Good GM's probably saw holes in his game but there is always that one GM who thinks they have it all figured out and believes his awesome QB can get the ball to Wallace just like Ben.
I forget who pointed it out but someone brought up the point that most of Wallace's catches were double catches and he rarely caught the ball cleanly. That opened the door for more of us to critique his game and we realized he was fast but sloppy in routes and sketchy in traffic.
Wallace can definitely turn it around but it reminds me of FWP. Dude was scary fast but his vision and cuts were atrocious. Without great blocking FWP was pretty bad... I loved his heart but his eyes were disgusting.
I'd still try to keep Sanders for a reasonable contract. I think ultimately he's a better WR in the slot. And his blocking shouldn't be overlooked. Brown doesn't score his 2nd TD w/o Sander's blocking down field vs the Lions. But I suspect someone will overpay him.
Hopefully Wheaton/Moye can develop on the outside long term. But I suspect that could take some time.
I'd like to see Brown get more quick slants in stride that he can run with. He's so explosive off the LOS and I don't think we've started using him to his potential yet.
And I see Cotch as a guy that can be our go to guy a la Ward in the RZ. I see him running routes along the end line and being effective finding an opening. I think he becomes more valuable as Heath gets healthier and if Moye ever develops on the outside.
Haley's assignment upon arrival was to keep Ben upright... so, he called for more quick-hitters, which were not really MW's thing.
Cotch is a superior possession WR to Wallace and will make more impressive 5-15 yard catches than MW...
2014 NFL Draft
1) Darqueze Dennard-DB MSU
2) Jordan Matthews-WR Vandy
3) Chris Borland-ILB Wisconsin
4) Caraun Reid, DT Princeton
5) De'Anthony Thomas-RB Oregon
5b) Ryan Carrethers-NT Arkansas State
6) Jeff Janis-WR Saginow Valley State
7) Colt Lyerla -TE Oregon
I could easily see us letting Sanders walk in the offseason while bringing back Cotchery on a reasonably short-term deal to go with Brown, Wheaton, Moye, and likely a rookie draft pick.
Or maybe Justin Brown off the practice squad. Could Cotch be considered for team MVP?
There is no stat for this, and I haven't watched enough Miami to know exactly, but the biggest difference...
How many times has either given up on a ball that was not thrown perfectly? I'll bet you that is the one category where Wallace's number is significantly higher.
I can't help but feel a little glee watching Wallace become a relative bust in Miami. Great call by the Steelers letting "flipper" go.