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My Offseason Plan Version 1


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Ok, so first off, we hire Steve Spagnuolo as our HC. The guy just seems like he would work with Dimitroff well. Plus, he's the perfect combo of motivator and defensive mind. And you can't ignore the guy's passion for the game; you gotta have that to be a HC in the NFL these days.

He'll probably hire some guy he's worked with to be DC. As far as OC, I personally want Cam Cameron (I doubt Hue will stay with us). Cameron is not only an offensive genius, but he's a brilliant QB coach, credited with helping guide Gus Frerotte to his only pro-bowl season, and in the development of Trent Green. I doubt Cam will go back to being a HC after the disaster in Miami, so I'd try to pick him up as OC.

Cuts/Retirements/Walks:

OT Wayne Gandy

DT Rod Coleman (guy's never on the field anymore)

WR Joe Horn

QB Byron Leftwich

QB Joey Harrington

OT Quinn Ojinaka

LB Demorrio Williams

CB Omare Lowe

TE Dwayne Blakely

Restructures:

LB Keith Brooking

RB Warrick Dunn

SS Lawyer Milloy

With all the cuts and restructures of expensive players, plus the future trades of Crumpler and Forney, that is going to get some serious salary off the books. We have something like 11 million of cap room right now, and factoring in resignings, I think we will end up with around 15 million of cap room.

Resignings:

CB Deangelo Hall (5 years)

LB Michael Boley (5-6 years)

FS Chris Crocker (2-3 years)

DE Chauncey Davis (3-4 years)

OL Tyson Clabo (4-5 years)

Free Agents (the cap hit predictions are just my wild guesses)

TE L.J. Smith- with the future trade of Crump, we need a new TE. Smith is a reliable target with good hands, exactly what you want in a TE. Cap hit prediction: 4.5 million

WR Justin Gage- I would like Bryant Johnson, but I don t know if we can afford him. However, Gage is an under-the-radar tall possession receiver that has been a reliable option for Vince Young. Plus, he s pretty young. Cap hit prediction: 2.5 million

NT Isaac Sopoaga- Another under the radar guy. However, he s huge at 325 pounds and exceptionally strong. He also takes up a double team- your ideal NT. Cap hit prediction: 2 million

OG Floyd Womack- A mauler at OG. Will be somewhat of a temporary solution so we can wait till next year to get a guard (much better class). He s huge and strong; a road grader in the running game. Cap hit prediction: 3.5 million

The thing I like about all the free agent signings is that they are not supposed to fill major needs; just ones that we can t afford to fill in the draft. They re all 26 (except Womack, but he s just a temporary solution), and relatively cheap; we re not putting loads of money into any one free agent.

Trades:

Alge Crumpler to SEA for a 5th- we need to get rid of him while he still has value

Kynan Forney to DEN for a 5th- " "- and he doesn't fit the scheme here anyway

The draft:

1- Miami picks Chris Long, DE, Virginia- Many say Glenn Dorsey, but I just don t see it. Bill Parcells will probably change the Dolphins to a 3-4, and Chris Long is the perfect fit to get it started.

2- St. Louis picks Jake Long, OT, Michigan- Pretty obvious, they need a OT bad- their offense is nothing without one.

*This season continues to be unlucky all the way down to the coin flip, which we lose to Oakland, so we pick 4th.

3- Oakland picks Darren McFadden, RB, Arkansas- I don t think you can expect Al Davis to pass up on such a supreme talent like McFadden, even when the next Warren Sapp is on the board.

4- Atlanta picks Glenn Dorsey, DT, LSU-

1- Glenn Dorsey, DT, LSU- For the 2nd year in a row, we miss out on an elite RB by one pick, but we get an excellent consolation prize in Glenn Dorsey. In the SEC, he simply couldn't be contained one-on-one, because he s just so strong yet so quick, and he know how to use his physical gifts, too. So, to contain him, offenses have to double team him, or otherwise he just destroys the offensive game plan. If he is on our D Line, that would open up Abraham and Anderson, as well as the other DT (Sopoaga/Lewis/Babineaux, depending on the down). There is no doubt in my mind that he would do the same thing that happened to Houston with Mario Williams, and he ll make Jamal Anderson look great. He ll also do wonders for our whole defense in general. Based on Dimitroff s mindset/history, DL seems like the position we would go with, considering 2 elite ones at the top of this class. Alternate picks: Sedrick Ellis, DT, USC, Brian Brohm, QB, Louisville, Ryan Clady, OT, Boise State

2- Jonathan Stewart, RB, Oregon- His value is much much higher than this, but if you think about it, him falling to the 2nd isn t that unfathomable. McFadden goes early in the 1st, obviously (I predict he will go to Oakland). The only other 2 teams who really need a RB are Seattle and Dallas. Mendenhall is rated higher than Stewart on many draft boards, so Seattle will probably take him. Then, Jerry Jones will probably go with Felix Jones because of the Arkansas connection. Also, they don t need a power back with Barber there. With us having the 3rd pick in the 2nd round, Stewart will probably be there, and I can t see us passing on him if he is. He is the total package (especially for us); he s big and a powerful runner who breaks tackles, but still has the speed to run away from most defensive backs in the open field. The 2nd best RB in this class IMO, but will fall because of a stacked class. If he ends up not falling, I might go with Curtis Lofton here, and wait till our compensatory 3rd round pick to take Kevin Smith.

2 (Houston)- Anthony Collins, OT, Kansas- People are singing the praises of Chris Williams right now, but IMO Collins is better. They re both excellent pass blockers, but Collins has something Williams doesn t: strength and a mean streak. Of what I ve seen, he just destroys people out there, with a real mean streak. He also has strength to go along with his big frame (6 6, 310), and he s a team leader. But what really matters is pass blocking. Against Chris Ellis and Chris Harrington, both 2nd-3rd round prospects and excellent pass rushers, Collins allowed zero sacks. But what about hurries, you say? None of those either. And of what my attempted research can tell, Collins has allowed zero sacks on the year. He seems like the perfect guy as our bookend LT.

3- Joe Flacco, QB, Delaware- His stock is at 2nd-3rd right now, but for some reason I just don t see him rising anymore, especially with Josh Johnson looking so good, teams will wait until the 3rd to take a QB. However, we may have to trade up some to get him. Either way, I want this guy. He s big and strong with good pocket presence, and has a rocket arm. He also has great accuracy and touch, and might even throw the deep-out better than some current NFL QBs. He can run some too, but the best part about him IMO is that he is more of a football player than an athlete. That means he s a natural leader, and very football-smart, which are basically critical at the QB position. The 2 big knocks on him is how he s going to adjust to NFL speed, and how him holding on to the ball too long, but give him a year to sit and learn, and I have a feeling he will be an excellent NFL QB.

3 (comp)- Spencer Larsen, MLB, Arizona- This guy is underrated, don t see him much on here. But he s the best MLB available at this spot IMO, and there s 4-5 guys that will probably be here. That is because he s got great instincts and flows very well, is tough, aggressive, a big hitter- exactly what you want in a MLB. But most of the other guys that will be here have this too, but what separates Larsen is he s the fastest and the best in coverage. Playing behind 2 big DTs to keep the blockers off of him, I think he will be very good in the NFL.

4- Terrence Wheatley, CB, Colorado- In today s NFL, you can never have enough cornerback depth. Wheatley is your ideal nickel/dime back. He s great against the pass, with great quickness, fluid hips, and good ball skills. He may be undersized, but his physicality will help him against bigger receivers. Wheatley is an excellent cover corner who will be great depth, and is here because of the depth of this draft.

5- Sammie Stroughter, WR/KR, Oregon State- Our KR game has been run of the mill at best this year, so it seems fitting that we pick up a guy who can score any time he has the ball in his hands. Stroughter can take off into any hole he sees with his excellent quickness and the ability to change direction and make defenders miss. He is also dangerous as a receiver, and would be good depth. Stroughter would be good depth and an excellent return specialist.

5 (DEN)- Alexis Serna, K, Oregon State- Mort has been great but it s no secret we need someone new at kicker. Serna is the best kicker in the draft IMO. He s very accurate, having missed only 3 XPs in his career, and only having missed 1 kick in his career inside 30 yards. But he also posses an excellent leg, and has made a career long 58 yarder. He also kicks well in bad weather, and is mentally tough and clutch. It s finally time to draft a kicker, so let s bring in the best one in the draft.

5 (SEA)- Doug Legursky, C, Marshall- I think we should bring in a guy to compete with Datish for the center spot in 09 (or maybe 08, if McClure doesn t get stronger). Legursky seems like an excellent option, especially for our power scheme. He s one of the bigger centers in the draft, and he s also one of the draft s strongest players, with a personal-best bench press of 465 pounds and Marshall records in the squat (705 pounds) and hang clean (430 pounds). That s the kind of strength I want anchoring our line. But he s not sloppy either; he s as technically sound as most centers in the draft. He s also smart and makes all the line calls, and a team leader- the perfect center mentality. Oh, and he has started every game of his career too. Could turn out to be our future center.

6- Bobbie Williams, FS, Bethune-Cookman- Kind of a sleeper pick in the mold of Daren Stone last year, and hopefully, like Stone, he will surprise. Williams is just an interception machine with 14 career picks. He s also solid against the run, with 77 tackles last year. He may not turn out to be anything more than a special teamer, but you never know.

7- Brian Mattison, DE, Iowa- I think I m the only person who knows about this guy. We need a guy behind Abe, and he s perfect. He s had 15.5 sacks and 22.5 TFL the last 2 years. He also has great size at 6 3, 272 and is solid against the run. I haven t seen him anywhere, and I don t know why. He could be the steal of the draft.

7 (PIT)- Joey Haynos, TE, Maryland- I would like to bring in a 2nd TE with the trade of Crump, and Haynos looks like excellent value at this spot. He s huge at 6 8, and uses his size to his advantage. Great hands and a solid blocker. Won t blow you away with his speed, but runs very precise routes and is obviously a very big target. A good value pick that could come in handy.

(This is either a comp. pick for Griffith, which I ve heard rumored that we have, or a UDFA): Tim Bugg, LS, Indiana- Long Snappers are underrated, and this guy is great. Might as well pick him up.

Depth Chart:

QB: Redman/Flacco/Shockley

RB: Stewart/Norwood/Dunn/Snelling

FB: Mughelli/Snelling

WR: White/Gage/Robinson/Jenkins/Stroughter/Jennings

TE: Smith/Haynos

LT: Weiner- Collins

LG: Womack/Batiste

C: McClure-Legursky-Datish

RG: Blalock/Clabo

RT: Foster-Clabo

LE: Anderson/Davis

DT: Dorsey/Babineaux

NT: Sopoaga-Lewis

RE: Abraham/Mattison

SLB: Boley/Wilkins

MLB: Larsen/Taylor

WLB: Brooking/Nicholas

CB: Hall/Houston/Irons/Wheatley/Grimes

FS: Crocker-J. Williams/B. Williams

SS: Milloy/Stone

K: Serna/Koenen

P: Koenen/Serna

LS: Bugg

KR: Stroughter/Norwood

PR: Stroughter/Norwood

So there's my version of the offseason. I probably put way too much time into this, but I enjoy it. Please comment it, whatever you have to say. Thanks for reading.

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Good write-up. I like your FA signings. The draft is really solid as well. I too think there's a good chance that Stewart drops to the second. If not him, somebody else will drop. I'm trying to go off of memory, because I didn't want to quote the entire post.

Don't forget about Martrez Milner. IMO he looked pretty good before his injury. The drafting of a TE (assuming we sign Smith) may not be necessary. I love Serna's strong-leg as well. Good job.

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scott24falcs (1/20/2008)
Good write-up. I like your FA signings. The draft is really solid as well. I too think there's a good chance that Stewart drops to the second. If not him, somebody else will drop. I'm trying to go off of memory, because I didn't want to quote the entire post.

Don't forget about Martrez Milner. IMO he looked pretty good before his injury. The drafting of a TE (assuming we sign Smith) may not be necessary. I love Serna's strong-leg as well. Good job.

Thanks for the comment. And I have to say, I completely forgot about Milner. But Haynos is just a late 7th anyway, so it's not like a wasted pick. And I just love his size.

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Very good, I am impressed. The coaching staff looks good, although I agree that I would rather just keep Hue. Cam Cameron is great, but I don't want a guy who will come here for a year and then bolt after refurbishing his reputation (which is unfair in the first place, the Miami disaster was far from his fault.)

As for the draft, I don't know much about the OT from Kansas, but otherwise I like the first 3 rounds. I haven't gotten enough time to research the 2nd day at all, but your guys seem good. I also agree with the post above me that Martrez Milner looked pretty good, and with what we have invested in him, I would rather use a 7th on something else.

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DrDetecto (1/20/2008)
scott24falcs (1/20/2008)
Good write-up. I like your FA signings. The draft is really solid as well. I too think there's a good chance that Stewart drops to the second. If not him, somebody else will drop. I'm trying to go off of memory, because I didn't want to quote the entire post.

Don't forget about Martrez Milner. IMO he looked pretty good before his injury. The drafting of a TE (assuming we sign Smith) may not be necessary. I love Serna's strong-leg as well. Good job.

Thanks for the comment. And I have to say, I completely forgot about Milner. But Haynos is just a late 7th anyway, so it's not like a wasted pick. And I just love his size.

That makes sense. A guy I like as a late-round TE is Brad Cottam from Tennessee. He's huge as well. IMO our last pick should just be the best athlete available, strictly a potential pick.

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L.Rover (1/20/2008)
Very good, I am impressed. The coaching staff looks good, although I agree that I would rather just keep Hue. Cam Cameron is great, but I don't want a guy who will come here for a year and then bolt after refurbishing his reputation (which is unfair in the first place, the Miami disaster was far from his fault.)

As for the draft, I don't know much about the OT from Kansas, but otherwise I like the first 3 rounds. I haven't gotten enough time to research the 2nd day at all, but your guys seem good. I also agree with the post above me that Martrez Milner looked pretty good, and with what we have invested in him, I would rather use a 7th on something else.

Thanks for the comment. Yeah, I completely forgot about Milner when making this. But thanks for the (positive) comment.

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thakrunk1 (1/20/2008)
my gut tells me that Flacco's gonna go in tha late 2nd. somebody's gonna bite on his attributes, combine, and recieved praise. especially with tha possibility of us taking him in tha 3rd if he's still there.

Im still standing by Booty in tha 3rd. he's got it all.

Yeah, we'll probably have to trade up into the late 2nd for Flacco. And Booty is tied for 2nd on my board for QBs at that spot with Johnson, behind Flacco.

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grendel (1/20/2008)
I LOVE this draft! I've been talking about Spencer Larsen for a while, and I think he's going to be an absolute steal. The best thing is that all of these players are very good value where they're taken, but it's not unrealistic that we get them there. Stewart, Collins, Flacco, Wheatley, all great picks.

The only pick I'd change is Sammie Stroughter.

At our 5th round pick, we could pick up another RB, like Forte, if he's still there, or Cory Boyd or Thomas Brown. Heck, if one of them is there we might even look to another QB like Dixon or Josh Johnson there.

What about a KR, and what about Norwood at RB, you ask? Well, there's your answer:

Norwood = KR

Do you know anyone more dangerous in the open field or better at breaking big plays than Norwood? We stick him at KR and add another big threat. Norwood can become a Kevin Faulk type of RB/receiver/multi-role player with Stewart there as our feature back.

Anyway, I love your mock, and I hope things play out this way. Great work.

Thanks a lot! Yeah, I never really considered Norwood as KR, that's a really good idea, especially with the depth of RB in this draft. We could pick up a smaller, 3rd down back type guy in the 5th instead of Stroughter (Dontrell Savage?). Thats a great idea. And thanks for the comment.

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