Joined: 21 Jan 2007
|Posted: Mon Jan 22, 2007 12:15 pm Post subject: What teams need to address in the Offseason
1. Offensive Tackle: Oliver Ross has been a huge disappointment and Leonard Davis will be a free agent who isn't expected to return.
2. Defensive Back: Safety Robert Griffith is nearing the end of his career and there is precious little in terms of quality depth at corner.
3. Linebacker: Karlos Dansby and Gerald Hayes are building blocks at the position but the other spot probably needs to be upgraded
1. Defensive Back: Lawyer Milloy is no spring chicken, Chris Crocker is more of a journeyman and their depth at corner is questionable.
2. Defensive Tackle: Grady Jackson is getting older while Jonathan Babineaux and Darrell Shropshire are the only depth to speak of.
3. Offensive Line: This group always performs well above their talent level but it sure wouldn't hurt to at least bring in some depth
1. Linebacker: Adalius Thomas is going to be a free agent who might leave, Ray Lewis is getting older and depth is needed as well.
1. Offensive Line: This group as a whole played much better than expected but it still would not hurt to bring in some quality depth.
3. Defensive Line: They are basically set with the starters for a while but should injuries strike the depth is still relatively lackluster.
1. Offensive Tackle: They love the potential of Jason Peters but can do a whole lot better than Terrence Pennington at right tackle.
2. Linebacker: They are terrible against the run and would like to bring in a bigger guy in the middle to take over for London Fletcher.
3. Cornerback: There is a good chance that Nate Clements may be moving on as a free agent but even if he doesn't depth is needed.
1. Linebacker: They lost Will Witherspoon last offseason and now the future playing career of Dan Morgan is a major question mark.
2. Tight End: The team has not had a top pass catching option at the tight end position since the days of Wesley Walls in the 1990's.
3. Quarterback: Jake Delhomme really took a step backwards this year and it has become clear that they need a new backup as well.
1. Tight End: Desmond Clark certainly isn't the type of impact pass catching threat that teams are looking for from the position today.
2. Offensive Line: Their starters are relatively solid but they are aging up front and will probably need to begin looking to the future.
3. Linebacker: Lance Briggs will be a free agent and may not return but either way they probably need to add some more depth here.
1. Tight End: You can make the case that no team in the league is worse off than Cincinnati when it comes to pass catching tight ends.
2. Defensive Line: The best way to describe their starting situation is solid but not spectacular which means they could do a lot better.
3. Safety: Madieu Williams is very good but he missed some time due to injuries and Dexter Jackson is merely a short-term solution.
1. Defensive Line: Their starters are getting up there in years and they really don't have any impact guys up front in their 3-4 scheme.
2. Offensive Line: Despite their best efforts to upgrade this unit last offseason the results on the field just haven't been there yet.
3. Cornerback: All of the sudden Gary Baxter just can't seem to stay healthy and the depth situation is still extremely shaky overall.
1. Free Safety: They need to bring in a ballhawk who can cover to compliment Roy Williams, who is better suited for playing in-the-box.
2. Offensive Line: There are more questions than answers up front and whether it be a tackle or a guard they need a lot of help here.
3. Defensive Tackle: Jason Ferguson has been solid in the middle of their 3-4 defense but they still need to add some quality depth.
1. Defensive End: They have a bunch of pretty solid players here but they still need to add that impact pass rusher on the outside.
2. Cornerback: This wasn't expected to be a concern but due to the tragic death of Darrent Williams depth is now an issue for them.
3. Defensive Tackle: Gerard Warren has been a pleasant surprise but there is nothing next to him and the depth is still non-existant.
1. Quarterback: Jon Kitna put up some big numbers in '06 but he also turns the ball over too much and isn't the long-term solution.
2. Offensive Line: This group as a whole does not play up to their reputations and they might have to undergo a major overhaul soon.
3. Defensive End: James Hall has emerged as a solid player on one side but it looks like Cory Redding could be moving inside full-time.
GREEN BAY PACKERS
1. Defensive Back: Marquand Manuel has been a disappointment at safety and there is little or no depth to speak of at cornerback.
2. Wide Receiver: Donald Driver is underrated and Greg Jennings showed a lot of promise but there is almost no depth to speak of.
3. Defensive Line: Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila is no longer an every-down player outside and they really lack a true stud in the middle.
1. Left Tackle: The future playing career of Charles Spencer is now in doubt and they still have not found the franchise guy they need.
2. Safety: Having C.C. Brown and Glenn Earl as your starters is not an ideal situation and both could be upgraded in the deep middle.
3. Defensive Tackle: The team switched to a 4-3 after running the 3-4 for their entire existence so a different type of player is needed.
1. Linebacker: Gilbert Gardner just has not gotten the job done and now Cato June is slated to become an unrestricted free agent.
2. Defensive Tackle: The run defense was absolutely, positively abysmal in '06 and they simply have to do something to address it.
3. Defensive Back: They have a bunch of solid players here but not a true stud and Marlin Jackson may eventually be moving to safety.
1. Quarterback: It looks like Byron Leftwich is as good as gone and David Garrard has not established himself as the long-term starter.
2. Cornerback: Rashean Mathis and Brian Williams are fine as the starters but there really is not much to speak of in terms of depth.
3. Outside Linebacker: Mike Peterson is getting older and whether or not rookie Clint Ingram is a capable starter remains a question.
KANSAS CITY CHIEFS
1. Defensive Tackle: Ryan Sims is a bust and the team really lacks an impact player inside who can put some heat on the quarterback.
2. Wide Receiver: Even though they've always seemed to get by without a true #1 wideout those days are quickly nearing an end.
3. Offensive Tackle: The likes of Kyle Turley, Jordan Black, Kevin Sampson & Will Svitek have not come close to replacing Willie Roaf.
1. Linebacker: Donnie Spragan is not anything more than a backup for a good team at the pro level and Zach Thomas is getting older.
2. Offensive Line: They have made major strides recently but the overall talent level is still lacking and there really is not much depth.
3. Defensive Back: There have been a lot of new additions lately but both the cornerback and safety positions are still a bit in flux.
1. Wide Receiver: The Koren Robinson experiment backfired and Troy Williamson has yet to live up to his lofty 1st round draft status.
2. Offensive Line: Right tackle was a revolving door and Artis Hicks left a lot to be desired at right guard throughout the '06 season.
3. Defensive End: Kenechi Udeze somehow managed to not record a single, solitary sack in 2006 even though he started every game.
NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS
1. Wide Receiver: They have suffered some massive losses at the position in recent years and they could really use a top-flight talent.
2. Defensive Back: Rodney Harrison can't stay healthy at safety, Asante Samuel will be a free agent and there is no depth at corner.
3. Linebacker: Age, injuries and free agency have caught up with the team here and they really need to start planning for the future.
NEW ORLEANS SAINTS
1. Defensive Tackle: Both Brian Young and Hollis Thomas are just average at best as starters in the middle and there is little depth.
2. Linebacker: Despite investing numerous valuable draft picks on this position it's still a big problem area and needs to be addressed.
3. Cornerback: Overall this group can probably be described as adequate but it sure would not hurt to add some more top talent.
NEW YORK GIANTS
1. Cornerback: They completely overhauled their secondary but in doing so brought in veterans who don't have much left in the tank.
2. Offensive Tackle: Luke Petitgout was once again bitten by the injury bug in 2006 and it could be time to bring in a replacement.
3. Running Back: If Tiki Barber does indeed retire as planned they will at the very least need someone to compliment Brandon Jacobs.
NEW YORK JETS
1. Cornerback: Andre Dyson was solid but Justin Miller is in the doghouse and they don't have any other starting caliber talents..
2. Running Back: Leon Washington was okay as a rookie but he'd be better suited for a situational role rather than as a workhorse.
3. Defensive Tackle: Dewayne Robertson is a poor fit at nose tackle in a 3-4 scheme so they need a big run stuffer in the middle.
1. Quarterback: Aaron Brooks isn't the long-term answer and even though he's shown some flashes Andrew Walter really isn't either.
2. Offensive Line: Despite having some talented players this group has been terrible and it might be time to just blow it up altogether.
3. Wide Receiver: Jerry Porter will almost certainly be gone and it would not come as a surprise if Randy Moss is sent packing as well.
1. Outside Linebacker: They have some youngsters like McCoy and Gocong but there are still way more questions than answers here.
2. Wide Receiver: They love Reggie Brown but he's more of a #2 type & Donte Stallworth is going to be a free agent next offseason.
3. Safety: Michael Lewis' play has really gone downhill and he'll be a free agent while Sean Considine is basically average as a starter.
1. Offensive Line: A solid group but there are still some question marks, most notably at center and both right guard and right tackle.
2. Linebacker: In recent years this franchise has always had impact players here so it just might be time to replenish that talent supply.
3. Cornerback: This group is solid but they don't always play up to their ability and it sure wouldn't hurt to bring in some depth either.
SAN DEIGO CHARGERS
1. Safety: Despite investing draft picks and free agent dollars on the position they are still not set and could really use an upgrade.
2. Linebacker: Their starters are fine but Donnie Edwards and Randall Godfrey will be gone soon and some depth will be needed.
3. Wide Receiver: Even though they do have a number of solid players they need a youngster to stretch the field and make plays.
SAN FRANCISCO 49'ERS
1. Wide Receiver: Antonio Bryant is now on shaky ground at best and the franchise still lacks that true #1 playmaker on the outside.
2. Cornerback: Shawntae Spencer is a very good young player but when you get past him and Walt Harris the cupboard is pretty bare.
3. Defensive Tackle: The real key to any good 3-4 defense is a stud nose tackle and at this point they simply do not have one yet.
1. Offensive Line: They have lost some key players up front lately, i.e. Steve Hutchinson, and may need to replenish that talent supply.
2. Tight End: Jerramy Stevens will be a free agent who may not be brought back but even if he is some quality depth is still needed.
3. Safety: Ken Hamlin was able to resume his career but Jordan Babineaux and Michael Boulware won't be making any Pro Bowls.
ST. LOUIS RAMS
1. Outside Linebacker: This has been a problem area for years and now they have no other option but to start Brandon Chillar at SAM.
2. Defensive Tackle: They were awful versus the run after losing both Ryan Pickett and Damione Lewis as free agents last offseason.
3. Defensive End: Tony Hargrove has been sent packing and even though he has some potential Victor Adeyanju is still real unproven.
TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS
1. Defensive Line: They traded Booger McFarland, Simeon Rice is as good as gone and Dwayne White is set to be a free agent too.
2. Cornerback: Ronde Barber and Brian Kelly are not getting any younger and saying there's very little depth is an understatement.
3. Safety: The days of John Lynch are gone and all they have at the position are a bunch of mid-round picks and undrafted free agents.
1. Cornerback: Pacman Jones is developing into a stud if he can stay out of trouble but they still need another starter opposite him.
2. Defensive Line: There isn't much at end beyond the injury-prone Kyle Vanden Bosch and Albert Haynesworth might be sent packing.
3. Wide Receiver: They have a bunch of solid targets but they still lack a true #1 type and a vertical playmaker in the passing game.
1. Cornerback: There is basically little or no depth behind Shawn Springs and Carlos Rogers so they need to add some quality depth.
2. Defensive Line: The ends are underachieved and did not get much pressure and they have little inside beyond Cornelius Griffin.
3. Offensive Line: The starters are fine but the depth is almost non-existent and could become a big problem should injuries strike.