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


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#13 panthers55

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Posted 19 January 2009 - 10:21 PM

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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Posted 19 January 2009 - 11:30 PM

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

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Posted 20 January 2009 - 12:33 AM

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

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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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Posted 20 January 2009 - 09:43 AM

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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Posted 20 January 2009 - 10:00 AM

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

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Posted 20 January 2009 - 10:07 AM

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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Posted 20 January 2009 - 10:15 AM

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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Posted 20 January 2009 - 12:06 PM

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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Posted 20 January 2009 - 12:34 PM

Putting all our hopes on Brayton and Johnson is foolish. But anyways....

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Posted 20 January 2009 - 12:43 PM

Putting all our hopes on Brayton and Johnson is foolish. But anyways....


It could be foolish but like I said who exactly are you going to put hope in? Its not a matter of need but of supply.

BTW, the Giants were all but pronounced dead at DE after lossing Strahan and Osi. But a situational DT/DE and a DE turned LB did outstanding this season. Sometimes you don't know what you got until the situation arises.

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Posted 20 January 2009 - 04:35 PM

Putting all our hopes on Brayton and Johnson is foolish. But anyways....



It's not exactly ideal, but i feel like an all-star DT with Johnson next to him is more likely to bring positive results than bringing in an all-star DE with Lewis next to him.

From a previous post it looks like you think Brayton is actually the weak link in the Brayton-Johnson equation. Brayton didn't get alot of sacks but i thought he performed fairly well. He disrupted alot of plays and played the run well. If a new starter was brought in i have a feeling that Brayton would still be starting on one side with Johnson continuing to come in on passing situations.

There's no question that we're going to bring in another DE somehow, but if we're going to go out and start doing trades or looking for high-price FA's like some people wanted to do to fill positions, getting a monster DT should be the move that defines our offseason. I do agree with alot of people that if those moves all come down to the draft, with the first rounder we get for Peppers and our 2nd rounder, we should pick the best available players between DT and DE.

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Posted 20 January 2009 - 06:56 PM

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 opportunity 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.


The problem with what your saying is how much of their productivity is due too people paying more attention too Peppers? Really how good would they be if Pep wasn't their and do we really want too find out? They are still trying too give him a very big contract could that be they know what they have in Brayton and Johnson? Do you think that Johnson and Brayton should have done more then 11 sacks and 40 something tackles with a lot of attention going too Peppers. Lets be real Brayton or Johnson never got double teamed or chipped by a TE or RB shouldn't they have put up better numbers then they did? Don't get me wrong I like CJ and was very surprise with Brayton but I shutter at the thought of going into next season with them as the starter. I agree with PC if Pep is truly gone we need more then CJ and Brayton. We need a another starter and a DT to replace what we lose when Pep leaves.