We should sign a Veteran ILB
While doing our mock draft for the NFLfans.com today, I realized that there just aren't many good ILB prospects for our system in this draft. I wouldn't be surprised to see a veteran like a Jamie Sharper type signed just for the lack of talent in the draft. Plus doesn't Belichick usually like veteran LB? Who would you guys suggest we draft on day 2 tomorrow? I was a big Kai Parham fan but after the poor times he would be hard to take before the 5th. Schlegel, Ingram, McGarigle? Risks like Leon Williams or Aj Nicholson? Nothing sounds too appealing.
Bruschi and Vrabel weren't true ILB's either. I think Chad Greenway would make it as an ILB. He's smart enough for the job,
Come training camp time there will be cuts around the league. Keith Bullock comes to mind. Just to name one. Believe me there will be lots of veteran LB's available when teams starts cutting their rosters down..... :rocker:
Consider it as an exercise in Belichickian philosophy...
You start out with three starting LBs, OLB Rosie Colvin, ILB Tedy Bruschi, and Utility LB Mike Vrabel - now you build your LB corps thinking in terms of "role" players.
Roles to consider:
- Run Stuffer
- Signal Caller
- Edge Rusher
- Special Teams
BB's linebackers are all mixed together to create trouble for opposing offenses. Whether you shop for a draft target, a free agent, or a trade option, look at them not as a complete package, but as role players who fill a more specific need.
Fun ain't it!
Trouble with law?
Is he a hard working player on and off the field?
A teamate favorite and leader?
How can we truly know if there are, or aren't, many good ILB prospects in the draft when the way BB/Pioli rate players varies so wildly from how most scouts - and the services used by most of the NFL - are the ones responsible for the online rankings?
I disagree. I see little need at ILB for 2006-2007. We could bring in someone to compete with Claridge and Beisel for backup spots, but it is not a great need.
Do you feel that our current ILB combination isn't good enough?
STARTERS Bruschi, Vrabel
BACKUPS Beisel, Claridge
I think the ILB's (the heart of the 34, along with the NT) will be better this year with the starters having a full year together and Beisel and Claridge having time to learn the system.
The bottom line is that we are fine at ILB, although someone could replace Beisel or Claridge in camp.
There is no reason for another experiment. This position is fine!!!
How was our production at this position last year. I think it was fine, with Colvin improving in each game. We need to replace McGinist and Chad Brown.
Likely, we will find one player not as productive as McGinist and another much more productive than Brown. And perhaps Banta-Cain will be OK as a backup.
STARTERS Colvin, ????
BACKUPS Banta-Cain, ????
The answer is three additions fighting for 2-3 spots. The answer is NOT moving Vrabel again.
I bet you we go into the season with Beisel in the middle. Just a feeling.
I really felt like his play improved paying with Bruschi and not Brown, and playing behind Seymour. The thing is, this is a real complex defense to learn. Perhaps Beisel has learned it and become the solid LB we expected. Who knows?
I don't see any real vets out there we'll go after.
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