An Exquisite Work of Art,
You continue to amaze and, indeed, to astonish
If The Pravda's
Sport Section was a fifth
as good as your Writing ~ ah, how I miss the Hall of Fame lineup of Peter Gammons, Bob Ryan, Nick Cafardo
, and Crew ~ then I would actually stifle my laughter and pay
Brother Mayo's Priorities
1 ~ Fixing The Secondary
~ I am actually more sanguine about our Secondary than...everybody. I think that Devin McCourty, Alfonzo Dennard, Tavon Wilson, Nate Ebner
...and even the much maligned Kyle Arrington
provide us a talented Core 5...and Marquise Cole
has been surprising me.
You know I was never thrilled about Steven Gregory
or Ras I Dowling
, but the former, at least, offers us decent Depth, for the time being.
Dowling is suggestive of a complete and utter waste of an invaluable Pick. I was disgusted at the move at the time, and tried really hard to get behind it...But we should've
made a deal with the Miners, and I'm afraid my anti-Dowling bias is well on the way to being validated...
, on the other hand, I was very
excited about when we drafted'm...But as you know I have sold my last remaining Shares in that fellow, and am 100% with you in coveting his departure...
Even so, I still believe in those 5, and believe we can be ~ and ought to be ~ selective in who we Draft in the Draft or sign in Free Agency.
I've never been one to spend heavily, here: First off ~ this is for everyone else, as you know my Philosophy well, Brother Mayo ~ I greatly undervalue the Secondary, because of my Core Philosophy that it is wise to spend disproportionately heavily in the Trenches, and lightly away from them...
And also because there're always intriguing Day 2, Day 3, and UFA guys that I like. And regarding Free Agency, I'd spend only on Bargain Vets, and rarely ~ if ever ~ spend Big Money.
2 ~ Left Defensive End
~ I also find myself relatively sanguine about Left Defensive End. I am, as you doubtlessly recall, frothing
with what I personally see as the Potential of Jermaine Cunningham ~ Woot!!
~ and Jake Bequette
, as well as Justin Francis
and, indeed, Rob Ninkovich, Travis Scott
, and even Donta HighTower
, on occasion. Cunningham and Bequette, in particular, I see as possessing immense
long term potential. Mind
you: You know that it is a Core Philosophy of mine that you can never
have too much FirePower...And if the right guy is available at the right price...
3 ~ Youth/Depth at O Line
~ Couldn't agree more, as of course you know, Bro. The Missed Opportunities to cheaply
enrich our Depth of Talent in our interior O Line, the last 2 years, have sickened
me...Which is not to say that Mad Bill
has been anything short of Light Years
ahead of his Rivals...And it is fortunate that O Guards, in particular, continue to be unfathomably
4 ~ Speed at Wide Receiver
~ Hmmm...Yes, here's where we currently diverge, somewhat.
Perhaps to a fault am I focused on Moving The Chains
. If I was running a BaseBall team, all I'd want swinging the bats is Contact Hitters with elevated On Base Percentages...I wouldn't give a rat's @$$ about Home Runs. But that, as they say, is me...And I look forward to your deliciously & delightfully Disruptive Discourses on this Great Subject of yours: The Oregonization of the Offense.
5 ~ Depth and Future at Defensive Tackle
~ I am, needless to say, 1000% behind you on the importance of developing High Caliber Depth of Talent
at this insanely
6 ~ Wing Back & Flex End
~ Heh. I think you know how I feel about that
position. It is the
most potentially Disruptive position in the entire
Offense...and to fail to develop High Caliber Depth of Talent
behind Aaron the Navigator
foolish. Fortunately, Mad Bill happens to be brilliant...and may well soon address this Opportunity.
7 ~ Tom Brady's Successor
~ I see no need to rush on this, or to spend more than Day 3 or UFA Draft Capital...but I certainly heartily agree that it's always a good idea to develop Talent, here. We all know who I would've scooped up, the last couple years: Greg McElroy, Kellen Moore,
and maybe Ricky Stanzi
...Fortunately, there are likely to be more such Field Generals, and indeed they are likely to come just
as inexplicably cheaply, Praise The Gods.