In response to PatsEng's comment:
In response to WazzuWheatfarmer's comment:
DT is the weakest position. Hoping one or both of Wilfork or Kelley can heal up, rework their contract, and come back as an effective starter. No guarantees there. Siliga and C. Jones are good depth guys. Armstead would be a bonus. I'd like to see some money spent on a higher-end FA here (Arthur Jones?) and a high draft pick used here as well.
DE we are good at starters with Chandler and Nink, and I think Buchannon is a quality depth player as well. Again, I'd like to see Jared Allen signed if he doesn't want too much, and a mid-round pick used here as well.
LB we are in pretty good shape as long as Mayo returns healthy. Collins and Mayo on the outside with Hightower at MLB is pretty strong. Fletcher will probably be back cheap, and Beaharnis is there too for depth. Maybe a cheaper vet in FA if the right guy is there, and I think a developmental guy or 2 can be found on day 3 of the draft.
S is the other obvious weakness, but I like McCourty and I also like Harmon. Probably one of Ebner or T. Wilson will stick as a ST ace/depth Safety. Definitely need to find a quality vet in FA and probably draft a rookie at some point too.
CB is tricky without knowing Talib's status. If he is resigned, we are fine. Talib and Ryan/Dennard as outside starters is pretty strong, and I still think Arrington can get it done in the slot, even though everyone else on this board hates him. Don't forget justin Green, too. Good developmental kid who could stick as a #5 CB. If Talib leaves, then we need to sign a vet to replace him ( DRC???)
offense is deep. I won't bother to break it all out, but remember that we have some promising guys on futures deals like Mark Harrison, TJ Moe, Braxton Cave (I wouldn't be surprised if they let Wendall walk because of this guy if Wendell wants too much). I'm not saying that all these guys are going to make the team or even be any good, but if even 1 or 2 do then that is significant. I also think that most of our 2nd year guys should be able to make significant strides going into next season, and that would really help our WR corp. TE is the one spot where we obviously need immediate help (Finley?) and a early draft pick. All in all, I think our roster is in pretty good shape. Lots of youth. Need to develop the guys we have, and add some key pieces to get us over the hump.
On D though you keep on mentioning starters but they aren't depth so that's what my comment was towards. Lets face it we have no depth on the D side of the ball. BB lost fiath in Buchanan and at LB Beaharnis played less than 0.1% of snaps. I'm not even sure you can call him depth. Again, they need a lot of pieces for depth. They need at least 1 LB, 1-2 DEs (depending on Buchanan), 1-2 quality DT's (on top of the 3 who spot started this year fighting for a spot or two), 1 more CB and I'd say at least 2-3 more Ss (I'm not counting the Wilson's so thinking Harmon and McCourty are our only Ss right now). That's a lot of bodies right there.
Now I agree that O has a bit more depth but here's the problem:
RB we need a 3rd down scat back to bu Vereen for when he gets injured.
WR depth isn't an issue but quality starters really is. Plenty of #3/4 guys right now though I'd agree
OL the T positions look good if they can come back healthy and could use another swing G but C has zero right now.
TE it's basically Gronk who is oft injured and Mulligan....... yeah zero depth there right now
The O needs a handful of depth pieces too and a couple of starters also. All in all I'd say we'd need at least a dozen depth pieces and an upgrade to a half a dozen starters or so right off the bat. That's a quarter of the roster which needs depth or starters added which is asking a lot right now. So that's where I was coming from wondering why you thought we had depth.
I don't disagree with any of your thoughts. Some of the young guys like Buchannon and Beauharnis will pan out, some will not. No team has a perfect roster. Ours isn't bad by any stretch. Room for improvement, but we will go into the 2014 season with one of the best teams in the nfl. I have no doubt that BB will fill holes effectively through FA and the draft.