Re: Weakest Links For Patriots, and Other Top Teams
posted at 5/18/2010 11:19 AM EDT
I'm not as concerned with the offense as much as I was prior to the draft. I think we have the POTENTIAL weapons to score points, and am confident with Brady at the helm a year plus removed from his knee surgery, he will be back to Brady of old. The offensive roster looks stronger than last. That is a positive sign. I am not going to guarantee any level of success with certain players, but I think we all can agree the potential is there to score points as a total offensive unit. And, I think this can be done over 4 quarters, unlike we saw last year when the offense somewhat disappeared come the 2nd half. In summary, I think we can have sustained game success scoring points. Again, just my opinion based on the potential of this roster.
Now the question I have is can we secure leads and win games on the road and in the second half? So, with that, my question is around the defense as there are a lot of questions around the pass rush, who will play OLB, what 2nd year players will step up, who is our RDE in our 3-4, etc., etc., etc.
Wizardsjag above brings up a lot of good questions. Specifically questions 4 and 5 around the OLB, pass rush, who will overtake who, etc....
One of the questions I have as well is around LB. Not specifiying OLB or ILB, just LB. Based on our current roster, I think Mayo, McKenzie and Spikes could all be legit 3 down LB's. Perhaps SPikes to a lesser degree during passing downs. Is there a chance that Mayo could be moved to OLB, and we use Spikes/McKenzie at ILB? OR, could McKenzie play OLB spot with Mayo and Spikes inside?
Given Mayo's speed (faster than McKenzie & Spikes), I think he might be able to play OLB. I don't see this day 1 as McKenzie and Spikes probably need some help inside learnign the defense, but perhaps the ability exists to move Mayo and McKenzie around between OLB and ILB.
I personally like this better than TBC/Burgess at OLB.
Thoughts?...let the whipping begin!