Re: Pats defense will be elite in 2013
posted at 4/27/2013 2:45 AM EDT
We had the 9th rated run defense and the 9th ranked scoring defense last year - so it wasn't dreadful. If we remain relatively healthy I think we can improve on that and cut down on passing yards. Elite ...?
I like the draft and the FA moves so far. I think Collins fills a real need for speed at the end/OLB position. i like the CB (hopefully only needed for depth and to give starters a rest.) And I am very happy with the WR.
And someone mentioned A. Wilson who I think is a solid one year (maybe more) addition. Harmon was an 'out-of-left-field' pick, but as I thought about it, maybe BB sees Harmon as an understudy for A.Wilson for when he retires/gets cut/breaks down. Still would have prefered a different pick, and the slow submission of the pcik suggest that the Pat's were working on trading out of that pick and it fell through at the last minute. (Not dissimilar to what happend with the Wilson pick last year.)
As for the WR taken between #29 and #59 - don't think the Pat's were interested in any of them in that range. Patterson is a great athlete who is raw, doesn't run good routes, and has red flags for ability to learn. Hunter has red flags on durability, and Woods ... not that good, with moderate tendancy to drop balls. Risk/Reward winner was Dobson. Nothing guaranteed, but I like it.
Overall on defense we have added 3.5 new DL, 0.5 new LB plus getting Fletcher back, and 3 new DBs plus RasI returning from injury. Not a bad haul and probably along with more continuity a better unit with more flexibility in the style/aggressiveness of the schemes.
Offense - which was #1 in scoring last year has gone through a big turnover in the pass catchers - TE and WR. I think it may be more diversified, but hard to talk about improving from #1, and it may slip a little. The QB, RBs, and OL are untouched. Be nice to replace the departed Thomas who provided great back up duty on the interior line.
The team as a whole may be a little more balanced between O and D.