db, lt, c, qb, lb
db, lt, c, qb, lb
CB is barely even a need on this team ... it most certainly isn't one of the top 3 needs -- NO WAY !
Depth, without question ... but we don't 'need' a starter ... NOR will we get one this offseason.
Quarterback and a solid number one corner are the only real musts
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wowOriginally Posted by PHINANALYST
We MUST get a new OL ...
We MUST get a S ...
We MUST get another LB ...
Then there is QB and depth at DL, S THEN CB ...
We only need a 'shutdown' or #1 CB if we don't improve our S positions.
Our defense is grounded up the middle DL, LB and S ... NOT CB ...
Regardless, the main reason we won't be 'splashing' on the CB market is financially based ..... with dead cap monies to Howard and Madison. If that weren't the case - then CB would be more likely -- but WOULDN'T change our priorities ! [Next year - CB should be a higher priority]
Put another way ... getting Ty Law would not make us SB contenders .... Getting a top tier S [NOT SCHULTERS] and another Channing Crowder would have a much greater effect on our defense ... and our playoff potential.
Originally Posted by phinfan2003
1. QB- Do we keep Gus? Do we cut him in favor of someone like Culpepper/McNair? Do we draft our "future" with someone like Cutler or Croyle? We have the weapons throughout our offense, we need someone who can get the ball in their hands consistantly.
2. S- Yeremiah Bell seems like a good fit, but can he do it week in and week out as a starter? Lance Schulters played good but he is a year older and Tebuckey Jones missed most of last year with injuries. We need to get younger and faster with the safeties and I wouldn't be surprised to see Saban address this issue first and foremost via free agency and the draft.
3. CB- The other half of the equation for the seocndary is a tad better. Travis Daniels showed he can cover and tackle at the CB position. Sam Madison came on strong the tail end of the year, but carries a hefty pricetag and has already stated that he is resigned to go elsewhere. Will Poole showed flashes of brilliance two years ago but is ocming off of a knee injury and into a new system. Can he replace Madison if he is let go? Where does our nickel package stand? Reggie Howard cannot possibly be in the plans for next year can he?
4. O-Line- While some questions were answered this past year ( apparently you can make chicken salad out of chicken poop if you are Hudson Houck ), some still remain. McIntosh's high pricetag and recent arrest make him most likely to be cut. That leaves a huge hole at the LT position with not too many options to fill it. McKinney is under fire as the C and there has been talk of adding Hutchinson at the LG spot. The only two areas that seem to be a lock are Vernon Carey at RT and Rex Hadnot at RG/C. McDougle will go elsewhere and who knows if Wade Smith will ever finally produce.
5. LB- This is somewhat of a surprise to some, but not me. Seau is 99% gone. The Eddie Moore expriment should be over as well. That leaves Zach Thomas, Channing Crowder and Donnie Spragan as the clear starters for Miami in 2006. But what about our depth? Jason Glenn is a great special teamer and Derrick Pope has been solid in spot starting duty, but do we feel comfrtable if one of them has to come in for an extended period of time? I would suggest that we need to draft a LB on the first day or make a splash in FA with someone like Peterson to really shore up this unit, depth wise.