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10-15-2012, 03:09 PM
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Originally Posted by pb1300 View Post
You know, the Fins dont look that bad. While there are obviously holes on the team, Ireland and Philbin did a pretty decent job building this team. I think Ireland has earned another offseason with this team, and we should see a big change next year, with all the cap space available. Out of the more important parts of a team, we are in pretty good shape going forward:

QB - Tannehill seems to be as advertised.

RB - Reggie wants to re-sign, and a trio of him, Miller, and Thomas can get the job done.

WR - Bess and Hartline are good #2s, but getting a #1 is the obvious this offseason, and with Ross' comments recently, they are going to go hard after one.

OLine - Martin and Jerry are a pretty good tandem on the right side, Long, if re-signed, is still one of the best LTs in the game, and Pouncey is arguably the best center in the game.

DLine - Keep Solai and Starks together, who seem to be a beast in the middle. Wake is a monster as well.

LB - Misi is nice, but Id like to see an upgrade there. Dansby is a great all around LBer, and while Burnett is good, Id like to see an upgrade on either side of Karlos.

Secondary - Re-signing Smith is a must IMO. He is one of the better CBs in the league, and his size and skill set is really rare. Jones is one of the best S in the game. An upgrade to Marshall would be nice.

I know its only six games in, but we are set up nicely for the future. The Vontae Davis deal to Indy seems to be more like a steal for Ireland, so we have the draft picks to upgrade this team, either by drafting or moving those picks. The most important parts of the team are here, with some tweaks needed, and its seems like the coaching staff is legit. Philbin is much better than I thought he would be, and its just crazy to see the difference now, from when we were ripping them in the preseason.
I agree with you that Ireland gets a chance to continue to build this offseason. But he absolutely must find a #1 WR to keep his job long term IMO. As much as it seems like we have cap space, we really dont when you look at the list of guys that need to be resigned. Just wanted to address each of your position points individually:

QB - I'd say Tannehill is a little farther along than expected. I mean a lot of people were saying he'd need at least half a season to adjust to the speed of the game. He seems ahead of the curve right now by a little bit

WR - Bess is really a #3 guy though thats perfect for the slot receiver. Hartline is somewhat inconsistent at times but yes I think a decent #2. The problem with finding a #1 WR is that you generally have to draft them because they are rarely available via free agency. And if they're available via trade, there's a reason for that with question marks (see B. Marshall). This yr's draft isnt the deepest for WR either.

OLine - I think they should put the franchise tag on Long. I dont know that he's worth signing long term right now. Martin has gotten better since the season started and Jerry is proving everyone wrong but we can improve that right side IMO (eventually I could see us moving Martin to LT).

DLine - Solai just eats up so much real estate on the interior. We know Wake is a sack machine. But I think we may end up having to let Starks go. We have some depth on the interior and can move Odrick inside too. Vernon seems to be getting better also.

LB - I think Misi is better than you give him credit for. I think Dansby or Burnett could be easy to replace in the draft this yr and Dansby is expensive so I could see the team replacing him before the guys on either side of him (if Manti Te'o lasts to our pick, he'd be a great selection).

Secondary - Yes priority #1 probably should be to re-sign Smith ASAP. He's proven he can handle top receivers in this league. We need to get someone to play opposite of him and this draft would be a good opportunity to do that. I've been impressed with our safeties too, thought there would be a bigger dropoff without YBell this season.

I think we should package up that 2nd from Indy and move back into the 1st round. Yes we have some holes to fill but at this point, it looks like we need more elite talent than just depth. Our defense right now is top 10 in the league (top 5 against the run, 9th in pts/game) but definitely needs an upgrade at CB. If we can get a #1 WR and #1 CB in the first round with 2 picks, then we would immediately have a successful draft IMO. We could use the rest of our picks to upgrade our depth at OLine, LB and DLine.

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