Personally, I think DTs take a few years to develop.
We need instant impact.
i agree and i think the same goes with OL. with the exception of very among even the most elite of players, they all look like they are on and they are all prone to dumb false starts and holding calls for the first couple years. i mean they can and usually do get better, but for that first year they typically get abused. just my observation. buy it or not.
i think you are more likely to get more out of a WR or FS or some other skill position quicker than DT or OL.
esp. this year, you are going to find decent and very affordable journeymen just because of the glut of talent hitting the streets thanks to so many teams being over the cap.
again, imo, you can do more with less on the OL if you've got good players surrounding them...and i mean good playmakers. the counter to that is that you can do more with less talent at QB and other skill positions if you've got a studly OL. either way you go, the weaker points look better because of the strengths that are truly there.
i think it's hardest to vet balance between the two and be incredibly successful. you have to make a decision in the short term what direction you want to go. long term you could have both, but it's going to be agonizingly slow growth if you try to be balanced out the gate. if you focus your efforts on one or the other, i think you'll see success earlier.
if you focus your efforts on building an OL early then you'll be respectable, but not what you'd call dynamic and games will pretty much all be grinders and you won't be a team that does well at coming from behind when needed.
if you focus your efforts on getting playmakers at skill positions first then you have a chance to be dynamic, but still many games are going to be a swing for the fences type situation, but you're still more likely to score quicker than the other way.
both rely pretty heavily on defense to hold opposing offenses back just enough to allow and kep your offenses to have the lead. having a less dynamic offense puts more pressure on the defense because you've got to keep the score lower.
the way i see it, we have more pieces in place, largely thanks to cam, to have a dynamic offense. we are just one, maybe two pieces away from having all we need there. mainly we just need another playmaker WR and maybe another pass catching TE and we are set at skill positions.
the OL needs more work. i think that kalil and silatolu are keepers good for the long haul. gross is on the decline and we need to either shrink that salary and possibly move him to the right side and concentrate on replacing him on the left side and eventually replacing him while finding our franchise LT and getting someone to fill the RG spot or just completely overhauling LT, RT, and RG.
the good news is that RG can be taken care of with journeymen. i don't think there's much reason or benefit to investing a lot at either OG spot compared to using your resources on other spots, even OT.
once we have that extra playmaker or two this year, we can concentrate on getting that stud OL.
just my humble opinion.