Re: A top defensive lineman
posted at 3/4/2013 6:08 AM EST
In response to RidingWithTheKing's comment:
In response to garytx's comment:
Remember, the Pats picked up Armstead, DT. Something to look forward to. This team has so many top needs it's not funny. The feeding frenzy of March is about to start and the Pats are going to have to be players. Too many holes on that roster and too few draft picks. Right now a DL looks like a luxury item if you think about it. A major obsticle is the needs are skill positions like WR, CB and since we're talking about DL the DE spot. These guys don't come cheap so it points you in the direction of the draft. Another problem. The good ones go high in the draft.
It's a huge problem and how are the Pats going to go about fixing it? I'm afraid if March is not a busy one for the Pats this thing is going to fall way short again.
WHy do you keep over-dramatizing the needs? It's not really any different than the average team.
Very annoying. RKarp level annoying.
What is your opinion of the Ravens, Steelers, Jets, Giants, etc, teams that are needing to replace a boatload of starters all at once? Do they qualify as having so many needs "it's not even funny"? Also, with their cap problems, who is in better shape here?
NE needs a Safety to pair with McCourty. They can tag Talib or resign him or go after someone else long term.
Arrington wants to return, but if he wants big time money, he probably won't come back, but NE can find another nickel somewhere.
The needs aren't as high as you think. It's Safety, DT impact likely via the draft and maybe FA, WR and OL.
You act like there are starting spots all across the roster, and there just aren't. The O Line will remain the same or be slightly changed. Everyone is under contract or in the pipeline and a depth player. So, you're wrong. This team doesn't need to get any younger. It needs key moves in FA and to add experience in to the key spots (S, DT/DE, WR, OL).
Please explain how being 26 million under, with a massive FA market, bringing prices way down, as a "problem".
Well, I'm responding to the Pats needs and not some other team that I don't care about. The thing is other teams rise to the top as the teams you listed do have issues while others do not like SF. I also look at how the Pats may go about addressing those needs. In the end who knows and admit my perplexity in the matter.
Even though the Pats are under the cap how will they spend it? Will they wait until the end where certain players will come cheap? They would have missed out on some nice players who could help them vastly while waiting till the end of it may not. The Patriots don't have a good history here. They did surprise everybody last year in the draft moving up in the first round to get the players they targeted. Out of the norm so it could happen in FA as well. This is where my hope lies. I believe the Pats will have to be active in FA this year to fill in the many vacant spots as they have few draft picks.
You are very casual with Talib. Not to say that he couldn't be resigned but the CB market is the high dollar market. That position does not come cheap and the high amount of FA at this position means nothing. You get what you pay for. It's not only the starters here but finding a sound backup as well.
You said it yourself. The Pats are no different than any average team. Those teams will be average in the end if their needs are not addressed. If the Pats don't pick it up we can expect more of the same.