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VipMattMan

Getting a new QB or DE shouldn't be our primary move this offseason.

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I think we should try and trade pep for the broncos 1st and trade down to the latter 1st round. Pick up an extra second. We could take care of the d line in 2 picks and go for Herman Johnson early second round.

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I agree with the need for a dominant DT, our DL will instantly improve

much faster than the addition of a good DE

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I agree with the DT pickup as well as getting another DE.

Look at what Minnesota has with the Williams brothers. If we could find another 350 lb guy like we did with Jenkins and pair him up with Kemo we have a defensive line which instantly gets better when folks can't double team our DEs and still contain our DTs. We can better stop the run, protect against injury and allows us to begin using our safeties and linebackers in coverage or blitzing instead of having to commit them against the run.

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Biggest need as of right now is a play making DE.

If you can't see that, please turn in your NFL fan card.

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Biggest need as of right now is a play making DE.

If you can't see that, please turn in your NFL fan card.

Charles Johnson turned up 6 sacks coming off the bench. Granted we haven't seen what he can do as a full time starter, nor have we seen much of what he can do in containing the run, but you stick a DT next to him that demands two blockers and you've instantly helped open Johnson up to make plays. That same DT will help clog up the run in the middle and help leave our linebackers unblocked to make plays.

It's hard for a DE to make plays when he's getting put on an island on the outside because an offense can afford to stick two blockers on him. Maybe you find a guy who can occasionally beat those double teams, but our interior wouldn't clog things up the same way as it would with a couple of huge DT's in the middle.

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I know the value of DT. That the fact is, we have two starting DT's.

The fact that anyone would suggest going into next season with Brayton and Johnson as our starters, make me question their sanity. Johnson I do feel is ready, but we need someone else.

We need quality depth at the DT position more than we need a starter.

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Peppers gone, Brayton and Johnson starting, Turdo still stinking up the sidelines...who can't wait for next season?

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I know the value of DT. That the fact is, we have two starting DT's.

The fact that anyone would suggest going into next season with Brayton and Johnson as are starters, make me question their sanity. Johnson I do feel is ready, but we need someone else.

We need quality depth at the DT position more than we need a starter.

Kemo is solid especially against the run. Lewis seems better against the pass and isn't too stout againt the run. Plus Lewis didn't get the pressure I thought he would. We need a stud DT who can upgrade the position. We aren't going to find a guy who is better than Peppers and available so we have to do the best we can. I would like us to get a pass rushing DE and think that if we had a better interior it would help eliminate the double teams as well.

Biggest downside to Lewis is that he is scheduled to count 6.5 million against the cap in 09. Unless we restructure him to better cap numbers, he is clearly not worth that much.

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Upgrading the DT position isn't going to fix our DE problem.

And we aren't going to find a big upgrade at the DT position anyways. And please don't say Haynsworth ~ as he won't be brought to Carolina as long as Jerry Richardson is alive.

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I don't discount the need for another DE, even a starter. Brayton is actually a good DE and I think he could continue to start and be productive. Johnson is a draft pick that has progressed nicely and should get the oppurtunity to start if/when Peppers leaves. So the question is if we are looking to for someone better than Brayton and Johnson who is that person. The only player in the draft would be the kid from Texas, don't know how to spell his name so I won't even try. Outside of him all the other DEs in the draft seem to be more suited for a 3-4 OLB. As for FA, the only clear upgrade over Brayton or Johnson IMO would be Suggs. So, there are only two players out there either by way of draft or FA that would come in and be an upgrade at the position. If they can get Suggs or the Texas kid I would happy but after that I say you just stick with what you got and hope that Johnson and Brayton can produce at a high level. You never know, Johnson and Brayton might surprise you.

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