JBeattz Posted January 12, 2012 Share Posted January 12, 2012 I copied this list from someone else's thread, not sure if it's completely right but it looks right so I'll go with it. AbrahamBiermannDeCoudDouglasGonzalez - resignedGrimesHaydenLoftonMcClurePalmerRedmanSandersSmithSnellingWalkerWeemsZelenkaBefore our playoff loss and the exodus of our DCs, i was scared to look at this list. There were just too many key players that needed to be resigned.Obviously now, personnel decisions will be made after new coordinators are found, and a meeting of the minds takes place over schemes and such.So I'm looking at this list now, and it's different.Before.I saw Abe, Grimes, Lofton and Douglas as 'must resign'. And basically, there would go most of our cap room.But now I'm seeing that some significant changes will come with new coordinators(hopefully), and continuity seems less important because everyone will be learning new plays anyway(again, hopefully).The main thing that sticks out to me is the flexibility I feel like we have now towards Abe, Grimes, and Douglas. Which would have all been significant contracts.Abe is old, but still respected, so he'll cost. At the price he'll probably cost, we could get a much younger talent. They may not be as dominant, but we need to figure out how to get pressure without Abes freakish ability anyway. Whether through better DTs, or better blitzing.Grimes, as talented and homegrown as he is, could be let go and replaced either by Franks, who played well in Grimes absence, or by a cheaper FA or drafted CB whos talents fit whatever scheme we will be running next year. He just doesnt seem as important to spend a ton of money on as he did before.I really like Douglas, and I think he makes our pass attack a lot more dangerous if we use him. But he is expendable when you have TG, and 2 very good WRs at #1 and #2. It's not hard to find a quick slot guy with solid hands cheap. We may already have that guy on our roster or PS anyway. I would really like to have an offense where its crucial to keep him though.So the only guy on that short list that I feel like we still need to resign is Lofton. And even then, if the staff feels good about Dent, Lofton may be expendable as well.All this means is, we might have some decent cap space to work with. I'll be happy to see Decoud go.Im indifferent about Beirmann. But I think Sidbury and Matthews should be fine as back up DEs.Hayden is injured too much, move on.McClure is whatever. He's decent at this point, so I cant complain, but I think we could do better by getting bigger, whether with Hawley or someone else.Palmer would be cheap and has been learning from TG, plus he's decent and young so might as well keep him. Redman is old and not worth another 2 mil or whatever he's been getting. Draft someone late or find a cheap vet.Sanders is solid. Bring him back cheap if possible.Smith can go.Snelling would be nice to have, but again, only if he's cheap. Decent RBs are a dime a dozen. Keep the money you would spend on him for the oline.Walker is great for depth, plus he'll be cheap. Keep him on, dude plays hard. Cant stand Weems. Let him walk. He's been to a pro bowl so he'll want to get paid extra. Use that money on oline as well.Long snappers are hard to come by so keep Zelenka.So basically. I think we can go into this FA period completely fresh and bring in a lot of new blood. None of these guys are crucial, there's just some guys that might be worth keeping if we get them cheaper than they already are, on a hometown discount. I feel like the FO needs to nickle and dime in order to put as much money as possible into the Oline and Dline. Get the trenches working and let the rest fall into place. We dont need 'luxurys' like Weems and Redman. Grab rookies with high ceilings and watch them learn and swap them out next season if they dont impress. Hopefully we move away from this conservative, Falcon filter, building a family crap. I really respected it, but obviously its not working. Maybe it was just the coordinators. But I dont want to wait around for a few more years to find out.I think the draft has been affected by the conservative ****. I think the play has been affected by it. I think the FO needs to get aggressive, get aggressive coordinators, get an aggressive approach to the draft and FA. Look around at the rest of the league and see whats working. There's patterns everywhere if you use your resources to analyze it. And dont look at just the Patriots methods, TD, because their defense sucks and theyre riding the skills of BB, TB, and WW. Look at the Packers, the Harbaughs, dammit the ******* Saints, the Steelers, and take some notes. You obviously need help more than just what the Pats taught you.Sorry about the rant and the length of this post. Its fun to think about and write though. I think this has potential to be a very fun offseason. But Im not getting my hopes up yet.Good night. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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