Originally posted by tjd808185:Originally posted by Overkill:
RT is definitely a need. But so is OG. We've gotten below average play pass protection from both OG spots this year and get no push in the run game. We could also lose Baas this offseason (depending on the CBA, etc).
The other "needs" mentioned in this thread (like S, OLB, etc) are really more like "wants" imo. In fact, I would actually put Franklin's replacement ahead of the sexier "needs" at OLB & S. Okay, so our defense is not an elite unit. And maybe they can't drag the offense, kicking and screaming, to a SB. But its clear the defense is good enough to keep us in most games.
The real problem on this team is the offense. And the real problem on the offense right now appears to be the OL. Or possibly the OL & QB... the remainder of the season will decide that.
Should Franklyn leave NT will be will be the easiest void to fill in FA. Wilfork, Hampton and Pickett are all free agents. Hampton and Pickett seem to be sure locks too.
I agree that our problem is on offense, but we're only a couple of pieces away from being an elite defense. Offensively we're years away.
We are years away from fielding an elite offense. I just mean getting good players at OG & OT will have a bigger impact than say, getting Taylor Mays at safety. Fix the OL and I think we're at least competitive on offense. Maybe not good enough to win consistently, but good enough to get an NFC playoff berth.
I'm not sure even an elite defense could pull this offense into the playoffs if we can't run the ball and can only find success running the spread.
I think our shortest route to the playoffs is through the OL. Obviously, FA could change everything.