Re: Are There Really THAT Many Holes on the Roster?
posted at 4/22/2010 8:26 AM EDT
I think the Pats have holes up and down the roster, but I think a lot of this depends on what scheme they run. As someone suggested, we don't need to plug all the holes with 1st round picks, but we do need better than mediocre talent at certain positions to make an impact and SB run.
Take Defense for example...Are they a 3-4, 4-3 team? Sure they will play a lot of nickel, but what is their base D?....Case in point....2 of the most important positions on the Pats 3-4 defense are DL (RDE) and LB....Right now, we do not have a legitimate RDE. DLewis lacks the height and size. He is a 4-3 DT. The LB situation is similar. We have unknowns (Crable & McKenzie), and a guy in Guyton that is not a 3-4 ILB, but probably better suited to play 4-3 OLB. So if you simply look at the Pats and how they line up in a base 3-4, you could say they have legitimate holes.
Flip it around for a second...look at the Pat running a 4-3 defense...DL is pretty taken care of...We could play Wright, DLewis/Pryor, Wilfork, Warren/TBC at line and have some depth, LB we could have Mayo manning the middle with McKenzie, Crable, Guyton adding depth and/or playing outside. (I don't shake in my shoes to think about Crable outside, but you get the point)...Safety situation is set. CB situation set for starters...
So, in a 4-3, the Pats I think with current personnel could run that D right away and be fairly successful. I would look to upgrade OLB spot (here your options are vast...Weatherspoon, Norwood, Misi, AJ Edds, etc...more 4-3 OLB's at college level than 3-4 OLBs) and CB spot, and possibly DE.
With some slight tweaking, and 2-3 players, that 4-3 defense could be very strong.