Originally posted by LasVegasWally:
First, EVERYTHING is easier said than done.Start w/DLine.
IMO, our D performance drastically changed when Justin went out in Pats game and every game after it. Next season, he'll be a year older and coming off an injury/operation. Our DLine were gassed after a number of games this year because we DON'T have a quality rotation. Tukafu[sp and Dobbs are unimpressive.
Solution: Draft 2 DE that can contribute from Day 1, or one FA & 1 Draft pick. Then we'll have people to rotate.
Solution: We need a REAL NT
Sloution: A real Cover Corner
I like Cully and he has really improved BUT - he needs a Mike Singletary moment to refocus. Do you think he could play Safety? Whittner looked slow.
I didn't want Carlos, I wanted the guy [I forget his name] who went to Cowboys from KC.
I CAN'T see us getting Revis because $$$$$$$$$$$$$ and our cap space.
It's nice to see someone actually consider salary cap implications when entertaining this thought of signing Revis.
I like Whitner as a leader on this defense and he provides some nice hits, but unfortunately in this passing league, you're going to need two safeties that can cover. I've heard suggestions of moving Goldson to SS in 2014 after Whitner's contract expires and drafting another guy to play FS.
I like Culliver as well, but the rumors of him being a future shut down corner are greatly exaggerated, and that was even before the Super Bowl.
Right now I would focus on improving the pass rush. I think it's unrealistic to expect Aldon Smith to put up monster numbers each year, but he can be a 10+ sack guy for a few seasons with a lot of pressures and hurries if we get some help up front. Improving the line helps both Smith and the DBs because they won't have to cover as long. If we can do that, our secondary shouldn't look as bad next season and while we should draft another CB (I'm honestly in favor of drafting a CB about every year), an improved D line will buy us a season, then we can focus on the secondary at the top of the draft in 2014 or even in free agency.
Hopefully we see two 3-4 defensive ends and a guy that can dominate at NT drafted this year.
The offense should be more help to the defense in 2013 because with the direction we are headed in, I expect us to average 28 or more points per game next season, which will allow us to really turn the pass rush on since games will not be as close.