Re: I can't believe we didn't draft a pass rusher!!
posted at 1/18/2012 1:07 PM EST
In Response to Re: I can't believe we didn't draft a pass rusher!!
In Response to Re: I can't believe we didn't draft a pass rusher!! : Its not about the impact(or lack thereof) the player had on this season, its about the intentions going in. BB obviously felt secondary was more of an issue then a pass rush, despite what the media or most fans thought( for the record I of course wanted a pass rusher as well) and I'm not of the camp that BB can do no wrong there for he must be right. i am saying that looking back on our secondary depth with Bodden injured, and the coming release of Sanders and Merri he was correct in going for a CB/safety. I also think BB is once again going with the trend of the league. The rules have allowed QB development to be at an all time high. For example how often does sending "extra" rushers work against Brady/PM/Brees and even Rodgers? Answer is not too often at all, with the focus on the chuck rule QB's can kill a blitz with the quick strike offense. I think BB realized that his best defense would be a high scoring offense which puts pressure on other teams QB's to throw into coverage. This is why we almost never send extra rushers and in turn send out more bodies in the secondary. It has always been BB's philosophy that you can never have enough CB's, not pass rushers. Quite honestly BB has never drafted highly toted pass rushers. VW,Seymour and Warren were his highest drafted D-linemen and they are not pass rushers. They are versatile BIG D-linemen, which allows average pass rushers like Vrabel(Yes he was average before those 3 came along) TBC and the rest tp get to the QB. Willie Mac was not drafted by BB. Nothing has changed much in how he views the draft imo accept his recent shift in focus from defense to offense, which once again is using the trends of the league to his advantage. I will give you that Ras I had an injury history, but so did Rob Gronkowski, I'm glad we didn't skip on him. Notice how any of the failed 2nd rd picks have not hurt us much financially? Now take a look at how cripple franchises are with failed top 10 picks. i don't see much wrong with how BB drafts I really don't.
Posted by TrueChamp
True, you actually pointed out a great reason to get a good pass rusher in your attempt to give a reason not to get one.
Teams like Pitt, Bal, and NYG who can affect the Brady's, Rodger's, and Brees's of the world all have 1 thing in common. They all can get pressure with a 4-5 man rush. They don't need extra rushers because their pass rushers are so solid to begin with they can generate pressure with less. Only rushing 4 lets you drop 7 back (something the Pats use to do with regularity) and hides weaker DB's by essentially cloggingg the field with zones.
The other side is also true that when you don't have pass rushers you have to send more people to generate a pass rush so you are hurting your coverage.
Obviously BB thought the pass rush was an issue because he went out and got Haynesworth, Carter, and Anderson on band-aid contracts to address the issue. As for the reason to get Ras it's the same reason to get a pass rusher. I doubt BB went into the pre-season thinking he was going to release Sanders or Meri. I just think BB didn't see a pass rusher that had the flexibility he wanted (Reed and Sheard being more either 34 or 43 players and pure pass rushers) or not in his idealize rusher mold and he decided to go with a player that had top 20 talent and an injury history. He took the value end of the pick and it bit him this year. If Ras comes back health and performs up to his capabilities then it will pay off but if as his history suggests he is oft injured then BB made a bad pick plain and simple. The whole point is since we traded Seymour he's made multiple picks to address the secondary and it's only gotten worse every year, yet he hasn't spent high picks to address the need of a consistent pass rush, opting for band-aids in the FA market. While in that same time period we've seen pass rushers taken around the same picks as his secondary picks have success on other teams.
It's all what if's but you can't honestly tell me BB philosophy on the secondary or pass rush fixes have panned out until Anderson and Carter, which both were band-aid contracts which Anderson might cost a lot to retain compared to a draft pick in the off-season
As with Gronk, we honestly got lucky with Gronk and it payed off huge. It's like tossing all your chips on 7. More times then not the injured player won't work out but every so often you get a player with top end talent later then he should because of the injure concern. However, if you keep spending high picks hoping to find another Gronk that fell due to injure you are going to waste a lot of picks before you find another one