Something I've thought about this offseason is the perception of our team and it's players.
The common thread is our team is a fast and smaller one. The defense is built on quickness and a massive two-gap DT system. The OLB really are used for little more than contain and recognition. The corners are press and physical with the S being more like extra corners for deep help.
The problems with this are that the team seems to wear down and lack a presence that puts fear in opposing players to not challenge certain areas of the field.
I really like the front office concentrating on improving the overall balance of the entire team this offseason. The plan has been to add fiery personalties who can lead and prevent the team from getting down or feeling tired and collapsing at the end. The side benefit of this approach has been the fact that we have gotten bigger and tougher in the very areas we needed to. The middle of the field is a place where opposing WR's are supposed to be weary of venturing into, but with a converted CB playing SS and two OLB who are known as form tacklers rather than hitters, opposing players had little to worry about. Now the team must worry about the thunder of Knight at SS and the wood of Seau at WLB, these two players are known for their size and hitting and for being tough as nails competitors.
Haley was a nice DT for us but was known as an athletic quick DT, Zgonina is a tough, strong DT known for being fiery and mean.
I like the toughness we've added and a few hitters to go along with the athletic ability that has been in place for years here, I sincerely believe this will cause a few more dropped passes for our competitors and more big plays for our D.
The big hope is the toughness and leadership allows us to not collapse and play the same on the road as at home.
Super Bowl in 2003 for Phins.