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Posted 03 January 2012 - 12:11 PM

i'm excited by the possibility that the current coaching staff is not interested in sitting back and accepting what they have, and is conscious of further improving an already dangerous offense. sproles is a ridiculously good weapon for NO, and is good use of a roster spot due to his versatility. fulfilling one or both return slots, a regular ST slot, and a 3RB slot with one guy sounds like something you should always be on the lookout for.

yep. much better than the "everythings fine. it is what it is" philosophy of that last coach.

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Posted 03 January 2012 - 12:12 PM

Mike Goodson is done in Charlotte, he may be able to latch on somewhere else; but he will have to fix that little fumbilitis problem he has. James would be a great pick if he is there in the fourth, however he probably won't escape the middle of the third. Nonetheless, it is fun to think about a Newton, Williams, Stewart, and James running tandem.

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Posted 03 January 2012 - 12:15 PM

I wonder if we could look at a FA like Noel Devine, he might fit, though as of right now he's in the UFL.

A player we could draft is Chris Rainey out of Flordia in the 5th/6th, dude is fast as hell and can catch really well, might help on pr/kr too. He's great on Special teams too, and has blocked several punts.

His teammate, Jeff Demps, is also worth a look.

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Posted 03 January 2012 - 12:48 PM

Scat back is fine as is punt returner, kickoff returner etc.It would be nice to find a guy who could do all three. But I have to agree with Crolls that it should not be a high priority. I agree with him that we need to build our team to beat our division opponents and win the division. That means stop the run and rush the passer with good secondary play. I think our D line is not that bad and I would focus on serious upgrades to the secondary and a starter for the SAM position if Davis goes down again. I think our DEs are fine and our nose tackle position has several candidates who will be returning. I would like to see us take a DE or a corner or a LB in the first 3 rounds. A DE because we need several pass rushers to keep up the pressure, a LB for now and the future and a corner to help Gamble. Obviously I would be fine with a Suh type DT in the first or second as well but don't know anyone who fits the bill right now. I also think we need to take a free safety in the middle of the draft unless we draft a corner earlier and consider converting them or one of the guys on the team already. But we need better coverage skills to match up better in our fire zone concept and cover the deep ball. As I have said all year, Martin is not very good and Godfrey isn't much better.

If we fix the back 7, the front 4 will look much better next year.

As for the offense, I would throw in several guys later in the draft. The only offensive guy I would consider early in the draft would be Blackmon who really is a beast. I still think the defense is where I would concentrate.

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Posted 03 January 2012 - 12:54 PM

i think the disconnect is that no one actually considers it a priority. a discussion on adding a scat back at some point doesn't mean right away or particularly early. anything from round 5 on is fine because those guys are usually flyers anyways.

it's pretty well understood by everyone, including people in this thread that like the idea of a scat back here, that most of the attention in the offseason and the draft should be defense.

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Posted 03 January 2012 - 01:03 PM

i think the disconnect is that no one actually considers it a priority. a discussion on adding a scat back at some point doesn't mean right away or particularly early. anything from round 5 on is fine because those guys are usually flyers anyways.

it's pretty well understood by everyone, including people in this thread that like the idea of a scat back here, that most of the attention in the offseason and the draft should be defense.


Agree with this. I have no issue taking chances with guys late in the draft. Hurney is actually pretty good finding diamonds in the rough. The isue with a scat back is that they are quick and fast but often smallish and prone to injury. It is hard to find a Sproles or MJD who are smaller but durable.

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Posted 03 January 2012 - 01:06 PM

Agree with this. I have no issue taking chances with guys late in the draft. Hurney is actually pretty good finding diamonds in the rough. The isue with a scat back is that they are quick and fast but often smallish and prone to injury. It is hard to find a Sproles or MJD who are smaller but durable.

true, but hopefully they will be used in moderation (thus limiting exposure to injury and hits) and more of a "wrinkle" to the offense rather than a key cog in it.

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Posted 03 January 2012 - 01:25 PM

What was his quote exactly? I didn't hear it. Did he say "we need a scat back" or did he say "We could use someone like Sproles"

Because every team in the NFL could use Darren Sproles. Not every scat back is going to have his ability.

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Posted 03 January 2012 - 01:36 PM

Field position helps the defense too.


Not the defense this year.

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Posted 03 January 2012 - 01:49 PM

You apparently do not understand what a scat back is and what their purpose is.

They are used like Sproles.....dangerous in the open field.


I know exactly what a scat back is.

The difference is Rainey doesn't have the physicality of a Sproles. So when things go bad he doesn't just run sideways.

Apparently you haven't seen Rainey play. He is not worth a pick if all we asking him to do is be a 'scat back.' It's just not worth it.

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Posted 03 January 2012 - 02:55 PM

Not the defense this year.

Technically, they could have been worse :sosp:

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Posted 03 January 2012 - 03:12 PM

Looks like we are tryin to build an offense similar to the Chargers when they had Tomlinson, Turner, and Sproles.