In response to RidingWithTheKingII's comment:
In response to leatherhelmet's comment:
So far I've been impressed with BB's approach to the defensive side of the ball thus far. There's plenty more to do but I think we head into the draft being able to be more flexible than most will imagine.As with all these signings it comes down to ..
A. Do these vets have anything left.
B. Will they fit our defensive schemes.
C. Attitude (will they accept their roles).
So far defensively we've retained our best corner (Talib) Kept our 2 slot DB's (Arrington,Cole), which allow something this secondary hasn't had in a while,continuity. Upgraded the safety position by signing Wilson and LOSING Chung. Were basically handed a potential steal along the D line in Armstead, and now with the Tommy Kelly signing, replaced the dead weight of Ron Brace with a veteran who must feel like Cinque from Amistad after being freed from Oakland. This after the fact that NO ONE supposedly likes the Patriots!!!!
We still have a draft, PLENTY of FA's still available and more to come after cutdowns!!!
It's a marathon !!!
If any of you who have been whining about EVERY offseason move were in charge of this team, we'd have died from exhaustion soon after the 1st mile......
......We're only in mile 4................
... See you at the finish line!!!!
Great post. I have to say I've always liked your sensical posts here. Well reasoned and rational. Nice to see, since it's so rare here now.
Some of the responsiblity with continuity has to go to BB with some failed developmental prospects like what he had at Safety and
2010 and 2011 were the turning points there with Meriweather and then in 2011 with Sergio Brown, but now with Talib, the key pick of Dennerd and now adding Wilson to go with McCourty, you're talking about a base in the secondary now (McCourty, Dennerd, Talib, Arrington) that's there for the first time in a long time. It feels like it's either been bad luck with injuries (Bodden, Dowling, etc) or just too much discombobulation.
What's ironic is this is a VERY young D overall, at its core, but they have a wealth of experience. Another good draft and BB is laying a great foundation for years to come.
Finally, tied to the inconsistent 3rd down D, the pass rush is being addressed even more. This Tommy Kelly move is big. They just haven't had a guy who can rush next to Vince in the 4-3. BB tried Francis there in camp, but I think he felt he couldn't hold up down the middle, so he kicked him back outside, likely where he should be.
Anyway, Chandler Jones looked real good before the sprained ankle, but another young 2 way DT in t he draft would be ideal, maybe a CB to prep for Talib's possible departure after 2013, a LB to give you some leverage in a Spikes re-up, and those should be areas of the field to move on with in this draft. Dane Fletcher returns which is a huge plus (he can cover) because he has the ability to come in and replace Spikes on 3rds.
The capper would be to get Abraham in here. I would not be shocked if he's waiting for after the draft to see if the (4-3) teams he wants to go to go DE before using his leverage and choosing.
Overall, I am thrilled because he's pretty much done everything I wanted on D. Resign Talib and Arrington at good pricing, get a vet Safety (My first choice was Reed, but Wilson 2nd) and they sure did in Wilson (the best SS of the last decade in the NFC, IMO), and now this Kelly move is the guy I immediately wanted after he was cut.
I wouldn't have minded vet fliers taken on a Pouha or a Hampton if they wanted on more run before they hang it up, but Kelly is better.
Kudos to BB for playing the market so well while keeping the big picture in focus. He's fantastic at it.
I still think BB has a bomb to drop on draft weekend, but it might come on offense vs defense.
You would think, right? I wonder how BB views Kelly. Does he think Kelly can be "the guy" next to Vince or does he see him as a rotational player? I think this could affect if he drafts any DL (particularly DT). We also have to wait and see what happens with Abraham...if he doesn't join the Pats, maybe BB looks at DE?
Personally, if the following happens, I think BB drafts 2 WRs this year:
1. We don't sign Sanders
2. Lloyd is not resigned (even if he is, I could still see us drafting 1).
3. We get a pick or a player at a position of need for Mallet.
The only reason why I mention Mallet is with fewer draft picks than normal, BB might feel that 2 WRs would not help the team as much as (say) a WR and a CB or DE.