05-04-2006, 02:58 PM
Experienced Starter w/First Big Contract
Join Date: Sep 2004
Now you're thinking...
Now were finally addressing an issue that can effect the 2006 season. Endless discussions about a tired, old, CB whose best days are well behind him, are tiresome. I don't think its a good idea to pay very high wages to what, in reality, is a 33 year old rookie safety. That ship has sailed.
The Patriots are assured of another double draft in 2007 with the compensatory picks they are sure to get for their FA losses. Now that most of FA is over, and the Draft is complete, the team can assess what its additions and subtractions are to see where unaddressed holes still exist.
On inspection I say that ther biggest concern is LB; specifically thier #4 starter and the #5 the first reserve or a hiigh use specialist off the bench. I'm thinking of a guy such as a 2-down TJ-like runstuffer, for example.
There is flexibility as to whether the candidate is an ILB or and OLB. The Flexibility occurs because both Vrabel and Tedy can play outside or inside. I think its easy to see that 4th LB and 5th LB (prime reserve) are the areas where there are more concerns then elsewhere. I would concentrate efforts there.
Its time to go trade shopping for help.
The Texans have several 3-4 LBs ,not all of whom fit their new 4-3. I'd select and discuss a trade for thieir better LBs rather than their scrubs. We have the choices to use, and the money to afford them. Think how much more secure the team would be with even one more 3-4 starter, to plan with on the roster.
I wonder how Sam Cowart would look in a Pat's uniform?
Kailee Wong IIRC, was a relatively high draft pick for a DE/tweener.
I recall hoping we could get him as a rook to develop at OLB. Some one else has done that and suffered the errors and rookie mistakes.
Jason Babin was a 1st round DE/tweener pick who didn't do much as rookie. In his defense he was from a very small school program and the transition to the NFL could have delayed his development. In any case he no longer fits what the Texans need. Is he a project that BB might want to continue?
It used to be the entire O and D were put in in TC, but not anymore. With the mandated shortened Training camps, most teams end up installing their systems in the mini-camps, prior to TC. If you miss those, you really are missing the benefits of what people used to call "Training Camp".
At certain positions like LB, even experienced vets take a long time to absorb the complicated BB system. So trading for LBs should probably occur relatively early in the offseason. Its time to swoop in and take advantage of that, before too much of the system is installed, and the newcomer misses it. An argument can be made that its better to pay a low draft pick to get him early, even if he might be available later in the preseason, as a waived FA.