Re: 6 No Brainer moves for Patriots.
posted at 2/19/2012 10:25 AM EST
IF you can fix the DL and the Safety positions on this Def.. then it will take leaps and bounds above last year.....
Pressure on the QB means less chance to slice and dice the DB's.... it gives the opposition WR's less chance to "break away" and it makes both ends of a defense look much better. SO I would honestly think that "WHEN" the Pats get to the defense that is where they need to go. It could be with a OLB that can rush the QB... or a DE that can swamp him (Avril of Det?).... but weither way.. they need the pressure.
As far as the offense I was of the thinking that a DEEP threat makes everyone better if retained from last year. Most of our offense is a down the middle type thing.... but if we had an outside deep threat and the defense bunched the middle then we go outside.... then the defense has to be honest.
I saw numerous interviews ( Boley, Tuck Osi) after the SB46.... One of them said they knew 1/2 way through the first quarter that GRONK was a DECOY and could be easily guarded ( Who guarded him all the way down the field Blackmon?)LOL So at that point a bigf threat was gone. Another interview said that they knew that the outside passing game was just a ruse.... SO again it allowed them to fall inside and pressure the QB.... I still think a good Outside WR with speed and hands makes this team leaps and bounds better. A vincent Jackson or Reggie Wayne that makes a defense play them all the way through the route (or get burned) means that there is less traffic in the middle of the field and more openings for WW/Gron/AH.....
I like the Idea of a Michael Bush as a back because he is a good blocker, has decent hands and can run the ball.... but TOLBERT of SD?.... OH YEAH! He came in everytime the team needed the ability to POWER the ball.. or to throw the ball to the RB.
Imagine an Offense with the young legs of Vereen/Ridley, and the Power of a TOlbert.... Also having some deep outside threat capability. THIS would make the opposition play honestly.
Imagine a Clay Mathews type RUsher on the team that could force a QB to throw just a split second quicker than he wanted to... with a Cliff Avril (11 sacks) pushing through from the line..... Make an offense need to be quick with their decisions.
GETTING all of this is most likely not possible..... but I still think these are some of the better places to put the money.....
BJGE leaves- TOlbert gets $3mil/yr?..... Branch/Ocho Leave....
The numbers on the right are just some of the CAP HITS from last year.....
Branch had over $2Mil, BJGE was at $1.8Mil,