Nfl Fan wrote:I'm thinking we need to think about the future at QB and/or OT. I appreciate Matt and all he has been, but he's getting older and injury prone. That back injury could be ongoing and problematic from what I've heard. Mebbe time to look into an heir apparent.
Well, since I trash talked Seneca Wallace in my post regarding "what didn't work" this year I've kind of done a 180.
to say this, but I think it's time to give Seneca Wallace the reigns. Along with that I think it might be time to give Hasselbeck his walking papers. This is not because I feel Hasselbeck wouldn't be able to contribute next year, but rather that Wallace could very well be a QB1 in this league and saving Matt's $9.6M salary would allow us to make a move for T.J. Houshmandzadeh in the offseason.
So we acquire Housh with a 5 year contract, however structure it so it's more of a 3 year contract, escalating heavily in the last two years, and keep the signing bonus low so when we drop him in 3 years it doesn't hit our cap as bad in 2012. That gives us Housh, Branch, Nate Burleson, and some of these younger guys, like Courtney Taylor, who started to make a showing at the end of the year.
With the running game we stay pat. Maurice Morris is out and he was Holmgren's guy. I think Julius Jones is the guy next year with short yardage going to T.J. Duckett (I've nicknamed him "the Meat" at home). In passing downs if Jones isn't cutting it we can use Leonard Weaver (The Face Cleaver) who is strong both in blocking and the passing game.
That leaves, on offense, the O-line in need. With the #4 pick we grab up Andre Smith (if he falls into our lap) or Michael Oher.
In the second round I'm serious in saying that if Duke Robinson somehow makes it back to us we go there too, although if I had to guess I would expect the Steelers to snag him up seeing how much losing Alan Faneca seemed to make on Big Ben's health.
Otherwise, we go DT in round two. But "fixing" our defense is a whole different story.
It's entirely possible that grabbing a high-end DT is our key to success instead of trying to fix our O-line, but I think in looking to the future a little bit the best move is to find a solid replacement for Walter Jones ASAP.
At any rate, I hope this little bit of getting "lucky" and getting a high draft spot helps us out for the long term. I would hate to see us grab Crabtree and him to bust, while Walter Jones retires and we end up being the new Lions with high priced WRs and no O-line. One other thought
I had was to try to trade that pick and move down. Pick up an extra pick in the 2nd and go with one of the "lesser" LTs in the draft like Jason Smith or Eugene Monroe and then take that high 2nd round pick and go DT. But trading down only makes sense if Andre Smith doesn't fall to us. At any rate, I haven't done any thorough research on the LTs in the draft so I'm not sure if going further down makes sense.
Ok, enough rambling. Sorry if you actually read this far.