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  1. TF has a distinct advantage because the team he inherits has been hamstrung by poor coaching. That can be fixed with just one hire. If you have 2 of the following 3 things you can be a perennial playoff team: Probowl QB Great Head Coach A top defense It's a lot harder to find a probowl qb, or build a top defense.
  2. Im with you. I think Ryan wasn't put in position to succeed under Koetter and Quinn. He is still capable of dominance if given a run game and average protection. People forget he has the 3rd highest passer rating ALL time in the playoffs. That stat includes his rookie year(when AZ was allowed to jump the snap all game)... and our pitiful showing vs NYG when our OL was completely dysfunctional. And his greatest performances came on the biggest stages... against a dominant SF defense, and then in the Superbowl. Our schedule next season is weak. We are a starting RB and LG away fr
  3. Starting QB is not a need for us. There is still a good reason to take one at 4 though... you are convinced he is going to be a face of the franchise star. Outside of having that incredible conviction, it makes absolutely no sense to use the #4 pick on a player to be your back up qb. A team with a question mark at the position has no choice really but to gamble high picks until they land one. We have at least two years, maybe more. Making decisions based on FOMO is a bad idea. Obviously passing on Trevor Lawrence would be a bonehead move for any team. But the idea that every team wit
  4. Anyone can see that a dominant run game would go a long way towards fixing this team. It improves the offense and reduces the amount of time the defense is on the field. There are 2 OL(Slater, Sewell) available near the top of the draft that will improve our run game, or potentially make it dominant(anyone remember Steve Hutchison?). We are fortunate that we may be in position to get the type of trade package reserved for top QBs and still land one of these guys. If we take a QB it better be because they think he's a very very special talent. Our window is still open. Also, since I
  5. Great RBs, that are ready to contribute right away, can be had in the middle rounds of the draft. Every year. Also, RBs best years are usually their first contract, and many begin to fall apart on their second contract. So investing high picks or dollars in the position is generally bad strategy. Unfortunately, we have an OC who throws the ball too much. No matter how good Ryan, Julio, Ridley, and the rest of our offense is... We will not succeed if the defense knows what's coming. And our defense will not succeed if we are constantly losing the time of possession battle. Give Koette
  6. It's all about the positions. We seem to be good at finding decent RB, TE, and LB in the middle rounds. We will probably see that continue, with our money and top picks going towards de/cb.
  7. Julio will not show up when he has no guarantees and an 11mil salary.
  8. I hate the way Julio's deal is structured. If he declines then we have locked in a massive overpay, but if he maintains we have set up another hold out situation. Worst of both worlds. His last 2 years are around 11mil in salary. Anyone think he will play for that if he is still elite?
  9. Players that get away with PI regularly deserve a bit more credit than most understand. The same goes for offensive holding. The Patriots are the poster child for this. And they absolutely do get preferential treatment. But what is left unsaid is that they do an incredible job of scouting the refs and taking advantage the refs individual tendencies.
  10. Blank and TD have a track record of rewarding home grown talent with generous contracts. JJ, MR, Free, Roddy, Jake... They paid top dollar based on those players production and the market at the time of signing. The issue isn't the Falcons. GJ wants to be paid like the double digits sack DTs. But he's never matched their production. I think we'll tag him again next year. Debo on the other hand has established himself as deserving of top of the league money for his position. He should get an extension before GJ.
  11. True... but seriously, Brees, Brady, Manning... They wouldn't have been able to play that long getting hit like Matt last year.
  12. At our core we ride or die with our aging $30mil QB. It is smart to protect him. Our OL was the unit most undermanned. OTs cost huge money. And we already have a really good center. Take from this what you want to.
  13. Sometimes a lesser player(s) brings more value to your team than a guy that's straight up better overall. Half of the equation is about who you're replacing. A good WR & QB could not have improved our team as much as a competent RG and RT could. I made a long post on this in the Peter King thread. TLDR: There was no better way to improve the team overall than fixing the OL, even if it meant sacrificing some value with our picks and spending.
  14. Here's what we need to understand, and some have already hinted at it indirectly- We changed our MO this offseason and for the right BIG PICTURE reasons. Our offense was 3 OL short(and maybe a RB) of having no starting or depth weak links. We had a chance to field a top 3, and complete offense, including depth. IMO The final piece on one side of the ball has extra value above and beyond the individual player's production. It eliminates any obvious way for a team to counter your strengths. "Completing" the offense could literally help our defense(in terms of ppg allowed, sacks, turnovers,
  15. We have Grady Jarrett for one year at 15mil. Next year we have a team option at around 18mil. I'm not sure what the number would be, but we also have a 3rd year option as well. Apparently each of these years we will have him for less than his FA market value and yet we aren't giving out any gurantees. The kicker is we can franchise and then trade him that 3rd year if it suits us. It's a pretty good deal for the team. Better than commiting more money to him over the same period and also guranteeing it, with no realistic option of trading him due to too much dead money. Maybe not what
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