Another free agent scheduled for 2013, a safety, is Kenny Phillips.
He's been dealing with a sprained MCL in his right knee this year. He missed 6 games after staring the first 4 this year. He left the game last week vs green bay with a reaggravation of the MCL (right knee). It was first injured back in week 4 vs the eagles.
This is different from the knee injury he had in 2009 which shortened his season (that was patellofemoral arthritis). Phillips had microfracture surgery on his left – not right – knee in 2009.
He had his most productive year last year in 2011.
Again, injury may have his future contract in question, likewise cost.
Scheduled for free agency in 2013:
Ray Lewis had terrible supporting casts in some of those down years between the SB win and now. Guys like McAllister and Boulware would get old or hurt, and they always had cap problems which kept them from retaining talent. Yet their defense was always top 10.
The great LBs didnt do it alone but they were the glue that held the defense together.
Don't get me wrong, MLB's are great, but a pass rusher is always more important. That's what the pre-Aldon 49ers and pre-Peppers Bears lacked.
Bryan Kehl was claimed from waivers.
Also, who is the standout NT for Pittsburgh and Houston and San Diego? Is Casey Hampton still a standout NT? I don't think so. Here from PFF from weak 9:
Hampton has been downright awful this year. He's completely washed up now.Originally Posted by PFF
Old fashioned 3-4 NTs in general are having less of an impact than ever. Cofield is more than adequate.
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Baltimore's defenses have always been loaded. Ray Lewis has never had a lack of surrounding talent in his unit.
"John Wall will never be as good as Kyrie Irving was in his first week in the NBA" - David Falk, published February 14, 2013.
I know we discussed Bobbie Massie rookie season early just wanted to update from our friends at PFF:
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Also update on the Jordan Black, Willie Smith, Tyler Polumbus discussion:
Not only does Willie Smith finishes ahead of Tyler Polumbus which naturally puts him well ahead of Jordan Black, but Willie Smith and Bobbie Massie both are ahead of Tyler Polumbus
again from PFF:
Sig Stat Snapshot: Pass Blocking Efficiency
Probably the only team in recent history that's even close to them in terms of consistent defensive performance is Pittsburgh.
I would go so far as to say I'd rather we drafted a tight end early than a NT, and I think Paulsen is perfectly fine if he were our full-time starter. Literally QB and K may be the only other positions I would rather we didn't draft, especially early.
Also Rolando McClain wants off the raiders. Maybe we can trade a low pick for him if they don't just outright release him. He's not quite lived up to his hype in college, but the Raiders are kind of the place where talented college prospects go to die. I think a lot underachieve there mainly due to the culture, rather than their own shortcomings. Impressionable players respond when they get the chance to play in a positive locker room.
Last edited by Laron Burgundy; November-29th-2012 at 02:21 AM.
Haven't read the whole thread, and I don't have full knowledge of the upcoming QB class, but there's something I've been thinking about a lot...
The backup QB. The Kirk Cousins pick was debated, and many of us felt it was a good idea to have a 'home grown' backup. But, with the success of our offense, I'm starting to think it might be a good idea to have a backup that doesn't force Kyle to change the playbook. A QB who can pull off the zone reads, etc. Think about it, if Cousins comes in, I doubt there's any QB draws unless it's deep in the red zone. Kyle would probably be hesitant to run as many PA boots and such with a guy who is a 'pocket passer'. Our strength isn't JUST RG3, it's the offense itself, it's hard to predict, and hard to plan against.
As far as I know, there's plenty of college QBs who run a system like RG3 did at Baylor. They're all turned down because, frankly, they're not as awesome/accurate/ALSO capable of pocket passing as RG3. That's why RG3 is so special. Also consider how strong Alfred Morris has been, and Shanny's zone blocking has proved to work. This should mean receivers are getting wide open regardless of who the QB is, to some extent. If anything makes things easier for that "college style athlete QB who doesn't belong in the NFL", it's our offense. Again, I don't know enough names, besides that Geno guy (and that aint happening), but I believe we've invented an offense that hasn't really been seen before and it might be just the thing for a guy who is otherwise not drafted.
I know people will **** bricks if we draft another QB, but this is important. Let's be realistic, if RG3 has to sit and heal, we are a COMPLETELY different offense. It may be worth a shot to get another 'athlete' QB, a "baby RG3" so to speak. Cousins was drafted because Shanny really liked him and we had nothing else at QB. That was before the coaches saw how successful this style of offense can be. With what we know now, putting Cousins out there is essentially 'starting over', seeing how things work with an offense that's closer to traditional, and in that unfortunate event, I wouldn't have much faith in the 'Cousins offense'. In that case for most teams, the defense is asked to step up, but obviously that isn't our strong point.
So, with that in mind, and with a little imagination, do you guys who know your college players know of any QBs who might fit this criteria? Or perhaps FAs? I almost feel like saying Terrelle Pryor....don't shoot me.
Last edited by Dirt; November-29th-2012 at 03:07 AM.
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