Settling is OK as long as you can evaluate talent. Some second tier players are on their way up and some will never be more than what they are. Frank Omiyale would be a great example.
Reminds me of a story about Casey Stengel. When he was still managing the Yankees one year during spring training some sportswriters were interviewing him about his younger prospects. Two of them were out at shortstop fielding grounder. Casey pointed the boys and told the sportwriters that both of them were 21 year old and trying to make the team as backups.
He pointed to the one 21 year old on the right and said, "See that one on the right, in threes years that kid's gonna' be an allstar". Then a sportswriter ask about the one on the left and Casey said, "Him, in three years he'll be 24".
Best example I can think of. We hired Emery for his talent as an evaluator so I'll trust him to find the diamonds in the rough. The guys on their way up. What choice so we have. We can't afford an entire team of Brian Urlacher's, Juilius Pepper's and Jay Cutler's and are soon to be next multi-millionaire Matt Forte.
I must agree and disagree with this. Settling is no longer OK. We had too many years of this with the "Angler". NO MORE SETTLING !
Second tier players on the rise is great and if Emery is as good as advertised then a second tier player on the rise is NOT settling and I'm completely on board with that as well. I'm not proposing a entire team of all-pro's. I'm just tired of settling for the OMG's of the NFL. JMHO though.