2006 Defense Should Be Even Better Than 2005
With no changes
DL - all signed though 2006
LB - all signed for 2006 (except Chatham); add Claridge
DB - Wilson,Hobbs,Samuel,Sanders back
Gay,Starks,and G. Scott replace Hawkins,Poteat and Stone
DL - Seymour,Wilfork,Warren,Green,Wright,Hill,Klecko
LB - McGinist,Bruschi,Vrabel,Colvin,Brown,Beisel,Clarid ge,Izzo,Banta-Cain
CB - Hobbs,Samuel,Gay,Starks
S - Wilson,Sanders,G. Scott
You may not like Starks, but he is at least as good as Poteat who he replaces. So, I believe that the 2006 defense should be even better than 2006 by just bringing back the injured. I presume that Poole will be cut in February.
We would then add a couple of special teamer db's, perhaps Hawkins and Stone to complete the squad.
POTENTIAL UPGRADES TO THE ABOVE 23
Who would you upgrade?
I'd just sign Law to replace Stone or G. Scott), a backup NT to replace Klecko. That really isn't much to ask from free agancy and the draft.
The defense could use a top corner and backup NT. They also could do without, and still improve. The ENTIRE offseason needs to be focused on the offense.
The defense will help out by having McGinist and perhaps Starks restructure. Poole will be gone. The special teams will have Vinitieri extend.
I SHOULD ADD PRACTICE SQUAD PLAYERS WHO WILL BE BACK
All these have potential to make the bottom few roster spots
I suggest trading Klecko to the Jets for a 5th. They need hype and distraction to keep fan and media interest in their decline.
DL Warren, Wilfork, Seymour, Green, Hill, Wright
LB Bruschi, Vrabel, McGinest, Colvin, Beisel, TBC, Claridge, FA, Draftee
DB Samuel, Wilson, Gay, Starks, Hawkins, Hobbs, Sanders, G Scott, FA, FA
We may have to replace guys like Chatham, Izzo, and Davis on STs, but they may not necessarily be defensive players.
Needs on defense :
ILB because Bruschi will be 33 next year.
S because Harrison is questionable, as are his replacements.
CB if we can get a (close to) #1 guy because we don't have one right now.
Needs on defense :
WR if Givens doesn't re-sign.
G is Neal doesn't re-sign.
RB because Dillon isn't getting any younger.
TE depending on if they can extend Graham whose contract expires after next year.
We need to draft a mean hard hitting safety. I would say a first day linebacker but BB likes to sign vets at LB.
Free agency needs.
1. Safety - Unless they think Sanders will be the longterm solution
2. Corner - agree we need a #1 corner opposite of Hobbs
3. ILB - Biesel may get better after a year in the system
Re-sign our players first if possible
The offense is very good, a big time wide reciever would be nice. The O-line will be very good
Kaczur, Mankins, Koppen, Neal(if resigned), Light
A RB would be nice to pick up late in the Draft but we need to focus the draft on D this year.
I like Hawkins also. I would like us to sign him to a 3 year contract. He is valuable in many roles, and can start at safety. Guss Scott is cheap and will be back to fill a spot at the end of the roster.
TBC is an enigma. He has never made it as an OLB. And no, I don't think he he has supplanted Izzo. TBC has been healthy and inactive lately, but not Izzo.
I don't expect to dump Chad Brown to depend on a newbie. Brwon is an acceptable backup OLB.
If Wright is OK as a backup NT (for bb to decide), then I would expect a draftee to compete with Hill for reps.
Heat, tell me that was typo!
2. I think it is overly optimistic to think that Rodney will be on the opening day roster.
What about first day picks???
I like the discussions and I agree the 2006 team will be better. But even better than y'all are saying. How about adding 4 first day picks to your smogasboard?
Outside of a CB, or a S, or a ILB... How about ALL of them and more important an OLB/DE.
IMHO, the prime pick will be used on an OLB/DE/Elephant to groom to play in 2007/8. Think of a Ware, Merriman, type of player. Willie IS that type of player, and replacing him as we will have to do in a year or three is the TOUGHEST guy to get.
I could see BB/SP trading down to the mid teens to get such a guy. Manny Lawson or Carpenter or better yet both!
The place on the team where you can add quality is at Izzo/Davis/Chatham position. Davis is a locker room leader but he's 33. Chatham is in his prime but is a backup. Izzo is a tough ST but Stone and others are eclipsing him at age 32. He doesn't even lead the Pats in ST tackles any more.
Here are two positions to occupy with future satarters being groomed, while they sit & learn and play ST. Don't discount Mike Stone; he is on the way to being our next generation Izzo. In less than 8 games he is closing in on the number of ST tackles of team leading STers at those positions who have been there al yeas. And he can even play a littler regular Defense too, to boot.
I'd be intersted in a RB, but this year's draft crop stinks. Outside of Bush, the rest would be third rounders or below in an ordinary year.
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