Last edited by moondog; January-7th-2013 at 12:04 AM.
I said this before the 7 game win streak and I'll say this again: The secondary needs a major overhaul. Seriously need to clean house back there. The big plays just cannot happen. Rob Jackson CAN"T be allowed to walk. They need the talents that Kerrigan, Orakpo and Jackson together. On offense, the RT needs to be solved because Jamaal Brown was an absolute BUST. The rest of the needs I'll leave up to Shanahan & Co.
1. Synthetic field
2. New medical staff (not because of RG3, but because of this list: )
Jammal Brown Physically Unable to Perform hip is on the Physically-Unable-to-Perform List
Domonique Johnson Injured Reserve knee is on injured reserve
Adam Carriker Injured Reserve quadricep is on injured reserve
Chris Neild Injured Reserve knee is on injured reserve
Dorson Boyce Injured Reserve undisclosed is on injured reserve
Brian Orakpo Injured Reserve pectoral is on injured reserve
Chase Minnifield Injured Reserve knee is on injured reserve
Keenan Robinson Injured Reserve pectoral is on injured reserve
Fred Davis Injured Reserve Achilles is on injured reserve
Roy Helu Injured Reserve foot/Achilles is on injured reserve
Jordan Bernstine Injured Reserve knee is on injured reserve
Tristan Davis Injured Reserve knee is on injured reserve
Brandon Meriweather Injured Reserve knee is on injured reserve
Darius Hanks Injured Reserve shoulder is on injured reserve
Kentwan Balmer Out personal will miss the entire season
3. A new defensive backfield.
Last edited by No_Pressure; January-6th-2013 at 10:24 PM.
"It's like catching a stack of pancakes."
Sweep the leg.
Just so everyone is aware, anyone mentioning Mike Wallace from Pittsburgh should know that the Steelers failed to sign him long term because he wanted to be the highest paid WR in football. While hes had a so-so year this year, I doubt he has lessened his demands all that much, so he'd probably come with a price tag more than what Vincent Jackson got this season.
We need a whole new secondary. I don't want to see Williams next year and I think we should keep Doughty for special teams. Don't know if Hall and Wilson stay, but we need to upgrade that corner spot. We need a dominate player on the D-line too. Rak and Kerrigan are LBs, but the guys inside almost never get any pass rush. I still feel like we have a lot of holes. Free agency should be interesting...when does it start? March?
Safety RT WR in that order.
Here is who I think is a roster lock for next year:
QB: RGIII & Cousins
It will be interesting to see if we go with 2 or 3 QB's next year. My guess is 2 and that if we do go with 3 we'll take the same approach we did this year and try to sign Grossman to another 1 year deal with a possible late draft pick or undrafted guy on the PS. Not a lot to look at here.
RB: Morris & Helu Jr.
Nothing needs to be said about Morris. Helu has been a health concern but when he is healthy he is extremely fast and plays with a lot of heart. It's not too long ago we were all excited about his future because he looked great. People seem to have forgotten about him but he is a perfect 3rd down/change of pace back for our offense with great hands out of the backfield and great speed. He can make people miss and run them over too. Certainly a more natural and bigger threat at 3rd down then Royster has been.
Not really much needed to say here. Teams don't typically carry two FB's and Darrel has been great for us.
TE: Davis, Paulsen & Paul
Davis should come at a much lower number next year given his injury. Unfortunate for him but hopefully he's been working to come back and we re-sign him. He could be another huge threat in our offense that we lacked this year. I think Paulsen showed very well this year. He's not a starter but he's a hard worker according to Shanahan and "does everything the right way." Shanahan was very complimentary of his work ethic and he's a good #2. Paul is a Special Teams stud and that's more than enough for your #3 TE. Shanahan loved using him often as a blocker even when Davis was healthy. I don't see him going anywhere. Even if he was purely a ST's guy, he's worth the small contract because he's damn good on special teams.
WR: Garcon, Morgan, Robinson & Hankerson
I think these are the obvious locks. I'm extremely partial to Moss - I love him and I think he can still play and am hoping he is on our roster next year. I'm betting he makes it because he is not done in this league. That being said, I don't think he is an absolute LOCK to make the roster and I think these 4 are. I don't think our receiver corps needs much, if any work next year if we bring back Moss. We have other holes and not a lot of money/draft picks to be spending them on a pretty deep group.
OL: Williams, Lichtensteiger, Montgomery, Chester, LeRibeus, Gettis, Hurt & Compton
No real surprises here. I'd like to have Polumbus back as depth but I'm betting we look hard in the draft or FA to replace him, or even look to move Hurt or Compton in to his place if they're ready. That being said, Polumbus is still relatively young. I think we're all hoping one of the younger guys really makes a leap next year or we get a stud RT in the offseason. Fact is same as above - not a ton of monetary resources and high draft picks. We may bring back the same O-line - there are worse things that could happen.
DL: Bowen, Cofield, Jenkins & Carriker
These guys are all obvious locks. Don't see Carriker using his buy-out clause in his contract since this is a team that can compete for a championship and after a 1 game season, he probably feels he needs to come back to eventually earn a better contract whether it's here or elsewhere. Will be interesting to see if we bring back Golston. I think he is a corp guy who works his ass off and I'd be glad to see him back but he's certainly not a lock. Other interesting guys include Chris Neild (who I hope comes back healthy and makes the roster), Worthington and Baker.
LB: Orakpo, Kerrigan, Fletcher, Riley & Robinson
Again, these are the locks, imo. I'm really hoping we re-sign Jackson and I was very impressed with how Robinson played this year both on defense and special teams. Lorenzo Alexander is a guy we cannot afford to let go. He needs to be re-signed but that could actually prove to be a difficult task. He played well on defense this year and was a Pro-Bowler on special teams. As he gets a little older he may be asking for some decent money - not a ton, but it could be difficult for us unless we do some real work on others' contracts.
CB: Wilson & Crawford
I'd love to bring back Hall and Griffin given how they played this year. But Griffin is a FA and Hall's contract is either going to be redone or he'll be cut. I know Hall loves it here and I'd be surprised if he didn't rework his deal and stay. Griffin played well and I'd like him back. Minnifield will be a very interesting story. Would love to see him fully healthy but that may never happen.
The only lock and our only worthy starter at safety. Obviously there will be at least one, if not two guys back from this year's group because of our limited resources. My guess is Doughty, but it could be Gomes if he really makes a good jump next year in camp. Perhaps both depending on how we address the situation in the offseason. I'm hoping Meriweather can come back healthy because he can be a difference maker for us. Jackson is interesting but I think his situation has been well-documented and even if he is retained I think the team will have to go forward treating it as if he won't be back given the situation.
So in order:
1) We need a starting caliber FS. Bad. Doughty or Gomes are decent in the box guys so they are serviceable as depth at SS and I'm praying Meriweather is healthy. But we simply cannot afford another season with a guy like Williams back there. It would be our best case scenario if Buffalo did not franchise Byrd because he's young and a stud. Kenny Phillips could be another option although given how this year turned out I'd be terrified that he'd get hurt again. There are options in the draft such as Rambo or perhaps Mathieu if he fell to the second round, among others. This draft is pretty deep at safety and we need to make a move at FS more than any other position imo.
2) CB: Shanahan has done a great job getting secondary players late in the draft that are good depth, i.e. Crawford & Gomes plus pickups like DJ Johnson. We need more than depth though and we could really use a good young corner. If we addressed FS adequately, I think Hall (restructured), Wilson and Griffin would certainly look much better next year with a healthy Meriweather + FS. Enough so that I would be comfortable with it. But CB is something we definitely need to look into this offseason because while we have some good young depth guys, we have no starting caliber players as Hall/Wilson/Griffin pass through their primes.
3) RT - it was no huge mystery that Polumbus was the weakest link on our offensive line. That being said, we still had the #1 rushing attack in the NFL and RG3, when healthy, was not overly hampered by Polumbus' poor pass blocking. It's not as if having Polumbus/Compton/Hurt as our starting RT would doom us next year, but this is certainly a position we could use an upgrade at and it would make us that much more deadly on offense.
Notes: I'm not nearly as worried about ILB as many on here seem to be. Riley is only going to get better and is already pretty good. Robinson looked very good this year and hopefully can come back healthy next year. Fletcher should certainly be back and I think Robinson/Riley have bright futures. Orakpo is the biggest question mark due to his health and I think that makes it an even bigger priority to re-sign Jackson as far as the OLB position group. Lorenzo can play anywhere and may be as big a re-signing as Jackson, perhaps even bigger.
Above were my three biggest keys but obviously there is a lot more that we can address in the draft than just those. I would not be surprised to see Shanny grab his usual OL and RB's late in the draft. I'm excited to see what LeRibeus, Gettis and Compton bring to the table. LeRibeus has looked promising the last two weeks.
Merriweather is solid? He played one game. Bye bye! When it comes to strong safety - 2d rd, if he's still there, Matt Elam. If not Zeke Motta or Skip frey in the 5th rd. Ricky Wagner ROT 3d round
3. Pass rushing NT
4. Deep threat at WR
5. Complimentary back for Almo
Biggest needs are the following:
1. Either another wr or a taller pass catching tight end- free agency
2. Two corners- one FA, one draft pick
3. Two safeties- free agency
4. A right tackle- free agency
5. Change of pace running back- draft pick
John Mara is laughing at the notion of the Redskins having a 'shopping list.'
We do sorely need a NT; 3 if not 4 pieces to the defensive backfield; replacement for Fletcher; and O-line upgrades in 2 if not 3 spots, as well as they've played above themselves. And that's just the starters. That all isn't happening by any stretch this next off-season, and is why I still have us a year away from being consistent challengers.
Here's a crazy idea. How about trading up? We have a 2nd and 2 third round picks. Package them and get back into the first round and get real defensive talent.
The Kool Aid has been spiked
RG3 is that good!!!!
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