Re: What is Patriots' Greatest Weakness At This Point?.....
posted at 4/29/2010 8:17 AM EDT
I still have some concerns about our offensive line, both in pass blocking and run blocking. I think Vollmer will solve our problems at RT, but I worry Light's skills are declining. I hope Mankins gets signed because if he doesn't we've also got problems at guard.
I think you're right about the pass rush . . . we still don't know for sure who our OLBs will be and we still have a possible hole at DE unless someone steps up to fill the Seymour spot.
Running game is iffy, but I think we can get by with who we have. We're not a big running team anyway.
Passing game is improved, I think, with the free agent WRs and the rookie TEs--and maybe Tate, Price, or one of the rookie free agents will step up. But Welker will be out for much of the season I suspect, which will hurt us, and there are still some big question marks about Holt's and Patton's ability to contribute at their ages.
No guarantees with rookies, but I think Spikes will be a big plus in run defense. And Mayo's knee should be better. I think we'll be much improved in this part of our game. Would also be nice if Chung steps up and becomes a presence near the line of scrimmage. Wilfork remains a beast.
Pass coverage was frightening last year and I was really happy with the McCourty pick because of that. Butler may be better with experience this year and, who knows, maybe Wheatley or Wilhite will show something (though I don't have high hopes). I wish we had a leader in the secondary who could keep all the young players disciplined and in position. We really miss Harrison's leadership back there. Meriweather has some talent, but he's undisciplined, I think, and not a great guy to direct the secondary play like Harrison did.