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#1 DawgzLife

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Posted 06 November 2011 - 09:12 AM

Okay, we are at the bye week & have seen our team perform. I think most of us are surprised by the effetiveness of our offense & completely in awe of Cam. Injuries have really hurt our D, but in all, we have a lot to build on.

What would you do before the start of the next season to improve this team? Can be: cuts, FA signings, draft, coaching changes, everything is game.

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Posted 06 November 2011 - 09:14 AM

I would start Lafell over Naanee.

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Posted 06 November 2011 - 09:22 AM

stop mental errors
improve team technically in blocking and tackling
get Edwards Beason Gettis Barnidge Shwartz of IR
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Posted 06 November 2011 - 09:38 AM

I would start Lafell over Naanee.



OFFENSE

And I'd start sprinkling in Armanti Edwards into the offense, perhaps in the slot. There's no point in keeping him around next year if he can't play... The catch 22 here, is that he needs to see some playing time.

Add depth to the O-line through FA this year.

Re-sign Shockey

Perhaps draft a bonefide WR (this is a want and not a priority this year IMO)

DEFENSE

Draft draft draft!!

DT, CB(s), LB, maybe even a DE for depth.

Definitely need to add a vet guy, younger preferably.

OVERALL

It was pretty obvious that this year, we did almost everything to help out the O and Cam Newtons recipe for success.

I think that our defense was lacking, but afte being decimated by injuries it became painfully obvious that we need to look long and hard at this side of the ball during the offseason.

You can only do so much at a time, and I believe that the FO thought this defense would bs good enough to compete. Quite simply injuries FUGGED us. It's part of the game though.

It's already been said by multiple people including myself, that we can now appeal to FA's due to Cam and how close we have been. I think that will give big-name to middle-tier guys the incentive to think to themselves..
"If I go there, maybe I can push them over the top" I think that works to our advantage.

Lastly, I think it's imperative to pick up a solid back up at QB. We can Ill afford to wind up like The Colts. DA can fill this role maybe til next year, so add him to the "re-sign" category.

All in all, I would not be surprised in the least if we are SuperBowl favorites going into next year, if we can put the "right pieces" in the right places.

We as a fanbase (and the players) are going to have to get used to playing as the favorites... Because the days of us being the under dogs are done after this season.

As we all have been saying... The Future is bright, let's go get it!!!

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Posted 06 November 2011 - 09:38 AM

Have Rivera watch every broadcast of the Patriots over the last few years so he can learn how to game manage watching Bill Belichick.

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Posted 06 November 2011 - 09:49 AM

Have Rivera watch every broadcast of the Patriots over the last few years so he can learn how to game manage watching Bill Belichick.


You obviously didn't watch The Steelers game then.

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Posted 06 November 2011 - 09:56 AM

What's up with all the homerism over Armanti? He hasn't shown me much of anything to warrant making an attempt at "sprinkling" him in anywhere. I barely have confidence he's not going to muff a punt.

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Posted 06 November 2011 - 10:04 AM

What's up with all the homerism over Armanti? He hasn't shown me much of anything to warrant making an attempt at "sprinkling" him in anywhere. I barely have confidence he's not going to muff a punt.


I think TruCatz has it right. We gave up a lot for Armanti (a freakin 2nd rounder...don't get me started!), so I think he needs to be put in the fire & see if he is gold or ore.

I never liked the pick & I hate seeing him returning punts, but we have to see what we have & move on...it may be wasting a roster spot for a game-changer...but we have to see what he has first.

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Posted 06 November 2011 - 10:07 AM

You obviously didn't watch The Steelers game then.


Every second of it televised in my area.

Learning what not to do is sometimes more important, but clock management is one of Rivera's biggest shortcomings. He needs to unlearn what Turner has taught him and watch broadcast games to see that part of the game.

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Posted 06 November 2011 - 10:50 AM

Every second of it televised in my area.

Learning what not to do is sometimes more important, but clock management is one of Rivera's biggest shortcomings. He needs to unlearn what Turner has taught him and watch broadcast games to see that part of the game.


Then u should have noted that NE scored with 4 min left on the clock, but Bellicek didn't challenge that the player got in. Eventually they scored with a little over 1 min left.

Had BB challenged the first call, they could have kicked it deep and let the Defense play for a 3 and out. Instead of the pathetic onside attempt.

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Posted 06 November 2011 - 11:20 AM

Then u should have noted that NE scored with 4 min left on the clock, but Bellicek didn't challenge that the player got in. Eventually they scored with a little over 1 min left.

Had BB challenged the first call, they could have kicked it deep and let the Defense play for a 3 and out. Instead of the pathetic onside attempt.


Belichick is the best clock manager I can think of, but nobody is perfect I suppose. Did you bring all that from memory or had to google it? I watch every game televised from every weekend and they just run together after a few hours. Anyway the fact is Rivera's clock management skills are extremely suspect and I think he can learn a thing or two by watching Belichick's work. You are free to recommend a better clock manager, but the fact is Turner is one of the worse I know of and that is who Rivera has learned from recently. When you analyze all of Belichick's results I think they speak for themselves.

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Posted 06 November 2011 - 11:30 AM

1) I don't care how many FA's we have to bring in, or how many picks we use, but we have to get better play at the DT position.
2) Get a solid starter at OLB.
3) Solidify #2 WR. Naanee hurts us more than helps us.
4) Select depth players with the experience and the desire to play on ST.