Re: What is with this roster?
posted at 9/2/2013 1:01 PM EDT
In response to rkarp's comment:
This roster does not feel like a BB roster as it currently sits. Does anyone ever remember a team like this to start a season? Assuming this is a SB contending team, is there too much youth and too little talent?
-35% of the roster is first or second year players
-if Ghost starts the season with some misses, before this board erupts and calls for his head, lets remember that 33% of a successful FG is on the holder, and Allen has never done this in his life
-Talib in numerous seasons has missed games with injury. McCourty has played injured the past 2 seasons. Dennard may or may not be suspended. The replacements are Tavon Wilson and 2 rookies.
-is LaGarrett Blount really an option at KR? If this team is going to be a 3 and 4 WR spread offense I want Boyce on the field, not getting nicked up on KR. In no uncertain terms do I wish to see McCourty on KR
-Kelly, Vince and who? This team needs another big body at DT
-I am of the opinion this is a better team with RasI, Love, Mesko and Washington on the roster.
-no one knows any of the behind the scenes situations as the flow of information is non existent. Every one is cognizant of the cap. But does it seem every decision on the roster is made on the cheap? This team has had 2 years of very solid amount of cash to improve the team, and so far the results have been mediocre at best (including last years disaster)
-can you tell I am not happy with this roster?
-to repeat what so many have said on this board...thankul that TB is on this roster. Lucky the AFC east is still nothing to worry about (although I still have my eye on the Phins)
-still a week to go and changes can be made on the fly. Today, I am not a happy fan with this roster
I think the starters are a good group, really about as good as you could salvage when you lost your #1 target and yout #3 target.
But it seems like they replaced them wit real talent. Amendola looks like he can be close to what Welker was, and Sudfeld looks like he could at least gt the reps that Hern did -- before people jump on this ... Hern averaged this line: 58 rec/652 yds/6 TDS. Everything Sudfeld has shown indicates something close to this could be done.
And then, lets not underestimate the Thompkins impact. What perimeter WR has looked this good for NE since Moss? Really. Ocho? A broken down Branch who was reliable but never made a real play and couldn't get open against any good corners? Lloyd, who was ok, but couldn't get separation and had a horrible YAC?
Thompkins already looks like the answer there.
And on defense, yes Adrian Wilson was a bit of a miss, but I never fault BB for trying vets. Exhibit A ... Kelly looks like the best interior pass rusher they've had in years. Jones looks bigger and badder than last season too. Sure, they still have a weakness at SS, but all in all the defense is incrementally improved again.
So that brings us to the one big roster flaw right now ... depth.
Yeah, it is something to worry about ... this team, perhaps worse than other recent years, doesnt't have SB quality depth on the roster at any position save RB and LBer. Hopefully that can be addressed in time.
But starter for starter ... I really like the team. Really.