Originally posted by elguapo:
With our free agent losses, they are thinking very logically and i agree with their moves or lack of moves so far.
Franklin leaves and ICE replaces him so Ray Mac moves to DE= a little worse against the run...a few yards per game but better pass rush for sure
TKO leaves and bowman replaces him= not much of a drop off in run or pass coverage, and bowman has tons of speed (what did he have 17 tackles in the arizona game?)
Lawson leaves and replaced by Aldon Smith/Brooks= a little worse against the run but better against the pass
Goldson...if he leaves Reggie smith takes over and Mays starts opposite him= save a few million on the cap, lose a few tackles and maybe 3 or so int's (but then again Smith might perform well and so may Mays)
These losses total to our team Defense being worse against the run but better against the pass which is more important these days and is where our team has struggled for the past 5 years. This is what we all wanted to become better against the pass and for that to happen, we need 1 more cb for sure but our improved pass rush might help out clements (if he stays) and compamy.
What do you think about this line of reasoning?
I think so far as a unit on D, we lost some run D but gained pass rush.....and of we actually get a cb like cromartie or joseph our pass d will excell.
McDonald was on the field for most passing downs last year, so putting him on the field for rushing downs will only weaken the run defense and does nothing to improve the pass defense. Unless you expect McDonald to step up his play this year.
Bowman is learning but Spikes was the better player by far. Bowman's biggest weakness last year was pass coverage, where he just looked lost at times. You have to assume he's taking a huge step forward this year if you think the drop off from TKO to Bowman is negligible.
Lawson came off the field on most passing downs and Brooks went in, so (like the situation with McDonald) losing Lawson does more to damage the run defense than it does to help the pass defense.
Goldson can walk. We get worse from a talent perspective but the Raiders are known for throwing stupid money at average players. No reason to outbid them.
So I don't buy the logic that our moves help our pass defense. Not when most of these guys were already playing the passing downs last year.
But we're only 2 days into FA and the majority of names are still available, so I see no reason to panic just yet. We could still get a Kelly Gregg at NT or a Weddle/Landry at safety. Not to mention the CB's out there.
I don't think we've really seen the plan yet.