Re: Reviewing the whole deal. Which side would you rather have?
posted at 9/29/2010 10:25 AM EDT
In Response to Re: Reviewing the whole deal. Which side would you rather have?
In Response to Re: Reviewing the whole deal. Which side would you rather have? : Completely agree, and I think you keyed on one of the problems....we have a lot of mediocre/OK players...Who knows what they will be like in 2 years, but drafting high impact, starting caliber playmakers is absolutely critical at this juncture. It comes down to quality vs. quantity. I think BB took the quantity/value route in 2006-2008, and now needs to use his 4 draft picks in rounds 1 and 2 next year and grab playmakers. I know the draft is not an exact science and teams often miss, but if he can grab 2 playmakers out of the 4 picks and combine them with our current team, then the future i think looks bright.
Posted by PatsLifer
The mediocrity on D lies with the ends, OLB's and secondary
Now the optimistic fan feels this about 2011 and the guys we have now at those spots:
- Bodden: returns healthier than ever and is a guy who goes out, plays 50 snaps a game, adds stability and a vet voice to the scondary, gets 6-7 picks and takes pressure off the young guys
- McCourty: has a sophmore explosion into an elite top 15-25 CB in the game, but w/ Bodden by his side isn't expected to be Revis and lockdown the #1 every game
- Butler: finds his niche and uses his great speed to become an elite nickel who can shut down slot receivers, he works hard to negate what appear to be poor instincts by mastering a job as a role player, contributes on special teams
- Wilhite: slight improvement, one of the game's better 4th CB's who can play slot or outside, gets 20-25 snaps a game, great dime guy
(Wheatley/Arrington/5th-7th rd pick - keep 2 as depth)
- Merriweather: figures out role w/ coaching staff between now and bye week, plays smarter football keeps borderline pro-bowl reputation and makes multiple big plays thru last 12 games this year and next 2 years
- Chung: Becomes new version of Milloy (98-04) and Rodney (96-05) over the next 6-8 years
- Page or a 3rd/4th rd pick: top notch backup FS and special team guy
- Sanders: decent backup SS who doesn't have to play much
- Ty Warren: returns to form as borderline pro-bowler 7-8 sack stud who is great vs the run
- G. Warren: signs for 1 more year a la Traylor w/ Wilfork in '04 to ease in a top 15 pick, stays solid vs run, gets you 3-4 sacks playing like 35% of the time
- Wright: returns to more of a backup role, playing end in some passing downs where he might be slightly better (esp if fresh) than either Warren, plays more in a 4-3 when Wilfork rests like he did past few years
TBC - 1-2 more years of solid pass rush, defense masks his flaws vs run, 7-8 sacks a year
Crable - one trick pony backup pass rusher who improves bit by bit
Nink/Guyton - good backups and special teamers who play OLB more when the team goes to a 4-3, are not needed as major contributors to base 3-4 anymore
Add Bodden, Ty Warren and two GREAT 1st rd picks to what we already have and we are VERY good... just have to assume that Merriweather, Chung, Mayo, Spikes, Wilfork and McCourty all stay/become the elite players we expect, get pro-bowl consideration each year and then the exact 2 guys this defense needs
Then they will be nasty