DirtyBirdDynasty Posted January 12, 2012 Share Posted January 12, 2012 It seems pretty clear what lies ahead-Hire an OC and DC, I dont know much about this area so I'll stick to personnel-Retain our key Free Agents. We have a number of players we cannot afford to lose.-Abraham: Our best pass rusher, has been one of our best players and leaders since he arrived. He deserves to be rewarded. He would make a killing on the free market but I believe he wants to retire in Atlanta. I expect Mr. Blank to reward Mr. Abraham for all he has done for this organization with a nice 2-3 year deal, I think a large chunk will be in bonus form up front so as to have minimal salary cap impact, and he's earned. If you think this guy hasn't gone out and won games for us while injured you've got no clue.-Lofton: One of the building blocks on defense and a must resign. Paired with Weatherspoon you're talking about one of the best young LB squads in the game. Lofton is an excellent instinctive downhill run defender. He's only going to improve in coverage and as a blitzer with experience. He's 25 and has 4 years starting experience without missing a game.-Grimes: Another guy we cannot afford to lose. Grimes is undersized but brings excellent athletecism and ball skills, the kind of guy who will create turnovers behind a pass rush.Just as we need to add pass rushers and can't lose our best one, we need to add corners and can't lose our best one. Coming off 2 very productive seasons he had a down year (statistically) and missed 4 games and likely played hurt. It will be interesting to see how it affects his contract. On the market he'd get paid.Those are the guys that must get resigned. The following we can afford to lose because we have more important needs:-Biermann-The pass rush needs upgrading and Biermann didn't do enough. He helps on special teams and if he would accept a small deal the more depth the better but he probably walks.-Decoud-This is a spot we should upgrade if possible, we need a playmaker. Michael Griffin if available would be an excellent fit. We've definately got 1 safety in Moore now we just need the other. If we can do that and add a 3rd starting quality CB and improve the DL the D will be deadly. Plus Decouds fancy dancing makes the team look soft.-Douglas-Would be great to retain for cheap but Jones and White are the focus of the passing game going forward. The OL needs to be redone before you can worry about playing 3 WRs.-Hayden-Let em walk-McClure-We really need to upgrade our size on the interior. McClure has always been an undersized player and we need bigger bodies at C and RG.-Redman-Probably pursue another vet QB with more in the tank-Sanders-Maybe resign cheap for depth I think he scored our only points vs NY-Snelling-A good runner and receiver who can also block, for the right price is definately worth keeping but he will probably want to leave and get more touches. If Turner had 200 reg season carries and Snelling 75-100 I think Turner would look a lot quicker come playoff time.-Weems-A good returner and special teams coverage player. If he can be resigned for cheap he's good to haveGuys like Weems, Snelling and Douglas would be great for the team to resign but it comes down to needs and salary capSo now that we've addressed our pending FAs what needs to be done to take this team where we want to go?1. OVERHAUL THE OLThe OL is the area we've attributed the least resources to and it shows. We need 3 new starters on the OL. We need a LT, C and RG. Ideally we pickup two great pass protectors so we can shift Clabo inside and beef up the interior.Potential FAsOTsJared Gaither-Massive young LTLevi Brown-Another big young tackle, could play LT or RT, former top pickDemetrius Bell-Dont know anything about himVernon Carey-Would play RGKareem McKenzie-Would play RGOGsBen Grubbs-Blue chip OG would be huge pickup, doubt he hits the marketCarl Nicks-Massive LG, again doubt he hits the marketDeuce Lutui-Big run blocking RGBobbie Williams-Veteran run blocker, past his prime (35)CsAndre Gurode-A big athletic veteran C, could be what we're looking for to atleast hold the spot for the moment, upgrade our sizeJeff Saturday-Saturday is 36 and not much bigger than McClure but if he can still play he would be a huge asset to Ryan's development and the protection via his diagnosing of defenses. We would really have to add a big RG for this to work tho. Could potentially train a young playerMatt Birk-A crafty vet but age (35) is a negativeChris Myers-The C of one of the best OLs but really doesnt bring a size upgrade, he will probably stay in HOUDan Koppen-He'll probably stay in NELooking at the whole situation we clearly need a new LT, C and RG.At LT the only answers I see from the potential FAs are Gaither and Brown. Both would be excellent pickups. If we did get both Brown could play RG or we could shift Clabo inside to RG and let brown play RT. If we can't find a FA LT we'll have to turn to the draft.At C Gurode may be the best scheme fit in upgrading size and at 32 he probably still has something left. Saturday would help Ryan especially in the no huddle but we'd need a great RG. We may not have many options here.At RG there are a number of potential players who would be upgrades in Grubbs, Nicks, McKenzie, Carey, and LutuiWith the OL fixed the offense's core is in place in Ryan, Turner, Jones, White and Gonzalez. Players like Douglas and Snelling would certainly help the team.2. UPGRADE THE D LINEOur second need is to upgrade the D Line. I already mentioned resigning Abe is a must. Edwards definately didn't put up the sack numbers we needed, he really needs to step up next season. With more edge rushers he can shift inside to DT on passing downs. With Biermann potentially walking Sidbury is the 3rd DE before additions. At Babs definately didn't put up the type of production we expect, Jerry continues to be a disapointment, Peters continues to play well and Walker is good depth. Here we could add both a pass rushing DT and a run stuffer for short yardage and goal line situations.Potential FAsDEsMario Williams-Would be a monster pickup if available, exactly what we needCliff Avril-Has been productive beside very good DTs, coming off a big year, he's said he'll follow the money I dont know if they'll tag him.Robert Mathis-Has been a very productive consistent edge rusher, wouldn't fit on run downsAndre Carter-Had 10 sacks this year with NE (As did Mark Anderson, both of whom I said we could grab before this season and we needed more DE depth)Has up seasons and down seasons over the years probably wouldnt put up as big numbers againDTsCalais Campbell-This kid has put up huge numbers 3 years in a row is 25 years old and 6'8. He gets tackles sacks run stuffs and batted down 10 passes last season. You think Brees can throw over this guy? He's exactly what we've been missing in the middle.Aubrayo Franklin-A big space eater who would keep our LBs clean and hold the point in run situations, setting up 3rd and longBrodrick Bunkley-Strong run stuffer, hasnt put up big sack numbers but is a good player, has been durableAmobi Okoye-An experienced young player who can contribute as a pass rusher, former top pick. Has been productive and durable despite entering the league very youngShaun Rogers-Very talented but inconsistent, if in shape and motivated very effective. Could be productive in a rotationPat Sims-Stout run stuffer, good young player. Missed games in 3 seasonsJason Jones-Can be productive as a pass rusher, lacks the bulk to play the runSo at the very least we need to come out with 2 quality DL, and if possible add with the draft. The DL is the most important part of our D and we need more difference makers and depthDE Williams/Avril/MathisDT Campbell/Bunkley/Okoye3. UPGRADE THE SECONDARYOur third need is to upgrade our DB squad. The more we do for the DL the less we need to do here. I think it's pretty clear in this league and especially in this division you need 3 starting caliber CBs. If Owens or Franks can be that guy great but they atleast need competition and depth. Decoud is a FA and hopefully we can upgrade.Obviously we can't lose GrimesPotential FAsCBsTerrel Thomas-Coming off injury but very productive player with great ball skills and tackling, if healthy would be an excellent fitBrandon Carr-Young CB can press, breaks up a lot of passes, could be a fitRashean Mathis-May come over from JAX to compete for the nickelCarlos Rogers-Likely will stay with SFCortland Finnegan-A good physical player but likely will seek big money and we may want more of a ball hawkMarcus Trufant-May not fit into SEAs plan, could compete for the nickelFSMichael Griffin-Would be an excellent fit and upgrade, brings a lot of skills to the table has corner like cover skills, can tackle, has ball skills, hasnt missed a game and been productive every season.Dashon Goldson-Has missed games in 3 of 5 seasons but been productive recently having his best season currentlyAt CB I'd really like to add an impact guy like Thomas or Carr but we atleast need a vet like Mathis or Trufant for competition and depth. Theres really not many safeties so if we got Griffin it would be huge, we may be forced to resign Decoud temporarily.So if you throw in a good OC and HC, resign our good players, take care of the OL, DL and DBs and sprinkle in some depth I think we're pretty much good to goSo I'll "attempt" a "realistic" offseason depth chart heading into the draftQB RyanRB Turner, RodgersFB MughelliWR Jones, WhiteTE GonzalezLT Levi Brown (FA)LG BlalockC Andre Gurode (FA)RG Vernon Carey (FA)RT ClaboRE Cliff Avril (FA), AbrahamUT Babineaux, JerryNT Amobi Okoye (FA), Peters,WalkerLE Edwards, SidburyROLB WeatherspoonMLB LoftonLOLB NicholasRCB Robinson, Rashean Mathis (FA), FranksLCB Grimes, OwensFS Michael Griffin (FA)SS MooreK BryantP BosherKR/PRIn this scenario on offense we bring in 3 starters on the OL and dont worry about the rest as we have our playmakers in Ryan, Turner, Jones, White and Gonzalez. We would have the ability to run and protect Ryan. On D we bring in a couple of productive young D Linemen who fit the scheme, add a vet CB to compete for the nickel and upgrade at FS and we got a team. Then in the draft we can consider adding OL, TE, WR, RB, DL, DB, KR/PR. Taking care of our big needs in FA lets us go after things like an elite kick returner, an athletic TE etc Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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