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A Season In Review and What The Future Holds

So unbelievable how well this team is built. We just gotta re-sign a few of our own key guys and trust Baalke to do his thing in the draft and we should be at least as good or better next year. I wouldn't mind not signing a single player from another team. I'd love it if our roster looked a little something like this next year:

QB (3)- Smith, Kap, Tolzien/late pick
HB (3)- Gore, Hunter, Dixon
FB (1)- Miller
WR (5)- Crab, Morgan, 1st rounder, Williams, Ginn
TE (3)- VD, Walker, Byham/3rd day pick
OL (10)- Staley, Iupati, Goodwin, Snyder, Davis, Boone, Kilgore, Person, 2nd and 4th round picks (a guard and a center)
DL (7)- J. Smith, Ice, RayMac, RJF, Dobbs, Tukuafu, Williams
LB (8)- Haralson, Willis, Bowman, 3rd round pick OLB, A. Smith, Costanzo, Grant, Gooden
CB (5)- same 5 or 3rd day picks replacing Spencer and/or Brock
S (5)- Goldson, Whitner, Smith, Spillman, Jones
K (1)- Akers
P (1)- Lee
LS (1)- Jennings

IMO, the only real tough decision to make (barring Rogers or Goldson being completely unreasonable in their contract demands, which I guess especially with Goldson you have to worry about with Rosenhaus being his agent) next year is on what the deal is at OLB. Do we re-sign Brooks? Does Aldon start at OLB or does he stay in his current role for at least another year? And if he does start, is it instead of Haralson, or instead of Brooks, who wouldn't be re-signed? If he isn't re-signed, do we draft an OLB fairly high to start? My tentative guess is that another 3-4 team that could use an OLB will see how great our D was this year, see his 7 sacks, and overpay him. But there are a lot of scenarios. Could be Haralson and Brooks starting again, could be Haralson and Smith, could be Brooks and Smith, could be Haralson and a rookie.

But this could all be thrown out of whack if we lose Rogers and/or Goldson. I assume Ginn and Morgan should be easy to bring back. Am I missing anyone? Are any other key pieces free agents?
No entiendo
Spencer is gone, makes too much, and Ill take Brooks over Snyder.
Need to find a better SS...
Originally posted by defenderDX:
Need to find a better SS...

Whitner will be here in '12, but ya, he'd probably be of more value to a team that was less amazing against the run.
Originally posted by defenderDX:
Need to find a better SS...

or put dashon @ SS and find a FS
We need a WR in the worst way.
Originally posted by AXEGRINDER:
We need a WR in the worst way.

I'd certainly feel more than comfortable with a WR corps of Crabtree/Morgan/1st rounder/Williams/Ginn
Originally posted by andes14:
Originally posted by AXEGRINDER:
We need a WR in the worst way.

I'd certainly feel more than comfortable with a WR corps of Crabtree/Morgan/1st rounder/Williams/Ginn

Agree
Originally posted by tohara3:
Originally posted by andes14:
Originally posted by AXEGRINDER:
We need a WR in the worst way.

I'd certainly feel more than comfortable with a WR corps of Crabtree/Morgan/1st rounder/Williams/Ginn

Agree

A good one should fall to us too. Either Michael Floyd, Alshon Jeffery, or Kendall Wright.
Originally posted by andes14:
Originally posted by tohara3:
Originally posted by andes14:
Originally posted by AXEGRINDER:
We need a WR in the worst way.

I'd certainly feel more than comfortable with a WR corps of Crabtree/Morgan/1st rounder/Williams/Ginn

Agree

A good one should fall to us too. Either Michael Floyd, Alshon Jeffery, or Kendall Wright.

I think alshon jeffery will fall because his lack of production this season. Michael Floyds stock is going up so i doubt he will be there. Wright will be my favorite one out of this draft but this season and the combine might put his stock up.
1) Maintain the secondary: Either by re-signing Rogers and Goldson, or finding replacements with no dropoff.

2) Find a go-to red zone playmaker: That can mean signing/drafting a new guy, or focusing on internal development.

3) Clean up protection issues: We're set at both tackle positions. Need to sure up play elsewhere on the line.

4) Start looking for Frank's full-time replacement: Hunter looked good, but don't know he can handle a full season on all downs.
Originally posted by okdkid:
1) Maintain the secondary: Either by re-signing Rogers and Goldson, or finding replacements with no dropoff.

2) Find a go-to red zone playmaker: That can mean signing/drafting a new guy, or focusing on internal development.

3) Clean up protection issues: We're set at both tackle positions. Need to sure up play elsewhere on the line.

4) Start looking for Frank's full-time replacement: Hunter looked good, but don't know he can handle a full season on all downs.

RG is the only o-line position that could be up in the air next year. Also, we don't need to start looking for Gore's full-time replacement until the year we need it. RB is not a position that you need time to develop. We can draft his full-time replacement the year he leaves and then just plug him into the lineup from day 1. No need to draft him ahead of time.
This season was great and we will only get better. Bright days ahead.
Originally posted by boomer49er:
This season was great and we will only get better. Bright days ahead.

Yes the darkages are over.