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Who is the weakest link in the "starting" 22?

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    At the begining of last year the majority of people voted for asante. I am sure that has changed by now.

    Right now i believe Matt Light is the biggest liability. Hopefully the addition of K. Brady will mask the trouble he is given by better than average D Ends.

    I hate to say it and I am sure many won't like to hear it but i think Bruschi is up there in the running for weakest link. He is very smart and plays the game real well but his lack of speed really hurts the defense. The chargers playoff game is a great example of this. If I were the jets i would run routes to the RB's over the middle all day.

    Thoughts?
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    Really? I feel Sanders is a very good player who can showcase his abilities when given the chance. I guess we will see over the next few weeks.:)
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    yup

    disagree

    i'll go with matt light...and i like the guy...
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    Sanders and Light are both good guesses.
    I like Light, but I'm thinking his replacement gets drafted on the first day next year.
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    If this is true, and it isn't unreasonable, then we are doing pretty darn good aren't we?
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    Light?!? Not a chance. Not ahead of Kaczur. But I think our weakest, and probably three of the weakest five, is in the secondary. Toss up between Wilson and Sanders.

    Also, unless Bruschi shows a resurgence, we need to start thinking about him in the bottom quartile of the roster.
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    That gets my vote, although frankly our running back position might be a bit of a concern too with Maroney's injury.
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    i wasn't accounting for depth--i viewed the question as--what position, among the starters, can we reasonable expect to upgrade in the next offseason?
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    ILB and S. Thomas is (presumably) solid at his spot. But I´d love to see a young stallion step in and push Bruschi down the depth chart. Harrison is in his sunset years, and Wilson is in his contract year. Sanders seems to have the confidence of the coaching staff, but we could use a headpopping S to claim the spot for a decade. Maybe thats Meriweather, but its hard to say till we´ve seen him on the field.
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    I think that is sad people think that Matt Light is the weakest link over guys like Nick Kaczur, Eugene Wilson and James Sanders...
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    Teddy, Light, Sanders, and J.Green should all be backups in the NFL... Not starters on a "SB Team"
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    While I don't agree that Light is the weakest link, there also is the fact that his position is more important generally than RT, or even safety. He is up against the other team's best pass rusher all game and has Brady's backside. He needs to play very well or it will be noticed and he will be scrutinized.

    As for the question of the thread, I will say Eugene Wilson, particularly without Harrison for the first games. He is not a leader, period, and I'm really concerned about how he'll play without Rodney's veteran leadership back there.
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    I think it is sad that he seems to get physically dominated two out of every three games. :eek:
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    My "top" 3 are:

    Sanders due to experience ('though he's made a big jump)
    Bruschi due to age
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    This is a great question, because the reality is that there isn't a weak link, which is what this team has been about since 2001.
    Look at the answers that are here:
    Bruschi who has always played at a probowl level, but now some people read his date of birth and create a story that he is declining
    Wilson who has started on 2 SB Champs, and was touted here as a probowl player the last time he was healthy
    Light who was a probowl player LAST YEAR

    Kaczur and OCallaghan have both been effective OL in their early years, and are at least as good as the 5th best OL on any NFL team.
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    This is a crock of garbage. He doesn't get dominated 2 out of every 3 games. Just watch the play-offs....

    Maybe if he was giving up 12-15 sacks I'd agree with you... Even the BEST have bad times. For instance, Walter Jones gave up 10.5 sacks last year. Orlando Pace? 4.50 sacks. Ogden? 3.5 in 14 games... Marcus McNeil- 5 sacks.

    So, that puts Light's 7.5 allowed right in the middle.
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    Nick Kaczer I know that's not spelled right and Ocallaghan because he is good at run blocking but doesn't have the quick feet needed to be a great pass block specialist.
    So I think we will see these guys sub a lot this season which could give some teams ideas of what the play could be.
    Of course knowing BB he will probobally bring in OCallaghan to pass and Kaczer to run to throw people off but who knows.
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    Whoever is starting at free safety.

    BTW, Light is an above average LT.
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    Not many weaknesses at all, so I give a "half weakness."

    Ben Watson's blocking is below par. Of course he makes up for it in the passing game.
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    I think I'd question our punting game right now.
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    Our weakest link right now is the kicking game. The return team is vague at best and we just picked up a new punter.

    Paxton has been as good a ST's long snapper for as long as I can remember without making a costly mistake, but how much can he affect the holder and kicker. Gostowski is only in his 2nd year and who is the consistent holder? Cassell <help>.

    I know this is off-topic, but that's what scares me the most. Brad Seely has his work cut out for him this year.

    As for our "starting 22", TE scares me the most. If Watson get's hurt, Thomas goes back down and Kyle Brady is ineffective, we've got big problems. Radar and Rivers are not saviors. That is the starting position that I beleive could burn us the worst.

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