DirtyBirdDynasty Posted July 27, 2011 Share Posted July 27, 2011 As our draft move indicates we're clearly looking to make a Superbowl run this season and in the future. As I see it, heading into the season there are 2 primary remaining needs.1. Improve the pass rush. We'll probably carry 5 DEs, I only see Abe and Biermann as locks. We need to add pass rushers. Signing Johnson or Edwards would be ideal but there are other pass rushers we can add.2. Figure out the OL situation. Our 3 best OL are FAs. I see Blalock as the most likely to be resigned due to age and draft status, then Clabo due to position. My only concern with resigning Clabo and Dahl are age.There are other less important issues as well.3. RB/TE. Beyond the OL situation the only things the O are missing at this point are a receiving RB (Rodgers is hoped to fill that spot but unproven) with Snelling a FA, and a secondary receiving TE to allow us to run 2 TE sets with 2 receiving TE threats. Another TE is more of a luxury but we need an answer at receiving RB before the season starts.4. LOLB/CB. Nicholas is a FA, Peterson might be able to fill in but is not a long term answer due to age, Adkins and Dent may get a chance to compete for that spot if no one is signed. At the nickel spot Owens wasnt the answer in the playoffs and at the moment he and Franks are the competition for the nickel spot. Id see bringing in a vet to compete for the nckel as a wise move.How TD and Smith proceed here will be interesting to watch. TD likes to build through the draft but has no problem making a FA splash and typically knows what hes doing when he gets a player with years of NFL film on them. When Ryan was drafted, Turner was brought in to be the workhorse that Ryan rode to success. Ryan is now an experienced young QB and Turner is approaching is 30's. The drafting of Jones would seem to indicate a progression toward a primarily aerial attack. Also the OL has been mostly neglected in terms of high picks and big FAs under TD but with 3 starters FAs its decision time. Im sure TD would like to built a talented young OL to grow up with Ryan, and I know hed rather do it through the draft, which might not be realistic right now.Looking at the potential replacements for FA's might indicate our movesSnelling-RodgersBlalock-Johnson, Jackson, HawleyDahl-Johnson, Jackson, HawleyClabo-Reynolds, JohnsonNicholas-Peterson, Adkins, DentRodgers is an unknown so TD might not be comfortable with him as the only answer if Snelling walks. We've spent some midround picks on OL under TD Reynolds OT 5th 2009, Johnson G 3rd 2010, Hawley C/G 4th 2010, Jackson G 7th 2011. In a perfect world we could resign Blalock, Reynolds or Johnson could step in at RT and Johnson or Hawley could step in at RG. If they're not ready we might need to resign Clabo or step out into the market which is small at OT. At LB it would be ideal if Adkins or Dent could step in but there are many LBs on the market.If I were TD I'd look to add a premium pass rusher, failing that a couple young ones with potential, resign Blalock and if the young guys cant step up resign Clabo or target a guy like Gaither. If Snelling walks Id target a RB like Addai or Sproles if possible which would be huge for Ryan and take pressure off the OL situation. Then if Nicholas walks and a young guy cant step up target a LB for cheap and try to add a depth CB vet as well, then fill out the rest of the roster with UDFAs and other young players to see if any gems show up.Next Ill post some players Id target if I was TD Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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