If we were really complacent we could not continue to have winning season's!!
Yes we could. You need to read up on what the term complacent means.
From Merriam-Webster:1: self-satisfaction especially when accompanied by unawareness of actual dangers or deficiencies
2: an instance of usually unaware or uninformed self-satisfaction
You admit Qb was not a priority; but you go on to say we should have still tried to upgrade??
That's just not how you put things together..... You get your 6 most important things where you need to get better; then you
prioritize those 6 items......In any business you usually do not obtain your goal of the 6 biggest prioritizes; maybe you just get one but hopefully two and maybe even three!!
However if you get off your goals or priorities you'll just be chasing your tail on whatever seems "like a good idea" and you'll usually accomplish nothing.
Football doesn't work like that Cyril. Because every year, you're going to add between 30-50 new faces/bodies to your roster to bring into training camp. Given that much turnover, just addressing your priorities means that you are squandering the new talent that every team adds each and every year.
Priorities are key areas of your roster that MUST be addressed. And as you say, it's harder to address those areas, so unlike in business, you don't pick 6, you pick 2 or 3. But that doesn't mean that you stand pat every where else on your roster. Because of that high turnover rate, you have ample opportunity to address other non-priorities.
The pathway (ignoring it because it wasn't a priority) you suggest is in fact complacency. Because EVERY SINGLE POSITION on your roster always has room for improvement, and as a general manager if you just stand pat then you're being complacent.
Even if the team had signed/drafted someone worth a damn to push Redman, they may not still have gotten better at the position. But you'll never know until you try. And the conditions were ideal for them to make a change. They have a new offense that Redman doesn't know, so his experience and value are lessened because he is new to the offense. Typically when teams introduce a new offense, they introduce a player into the mix that knows that offense to help out the other players. This was the exact player that Redman was in 2007 when he was signed because he knew Petrino's offense. We retained Joey Harrington in 2008 because he knew Mularkey's offense. Yet, the Falcons did not maintain this practice this off-season. Why? Not because there weren't players available that they could sign that knew the offense? Trent Edwards, Luke McCown, David Garrard, and Todd Bouman.
I don't know the answer why, but given their overall body of work, I think it's because they're complacent. TD's emphasis on retaining the core of the team to me is another indicator of that. Why was retaining the core so important? Because I think TD & Co. believe that this team is a tweak or two away from winning a Super Bowl. That's that "unawareness of actual deficiencies." This team is not a tweak or two, but several top-level playmakers and a massive shift in coaching philosophy away from winning a Super Bowl.