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Think pass rush issues are more scheme based than talent.
Quote from: bradentonian on December 17, 2012, 09:39:57 AMThink pass rush issues are more scheme based than talent.Could you go into more detail on this? It seems to me that the scheming is trying to manufacture pressure on the QB using a wild array of blitzing to make up for the lack of pressure by the front four on their own, but it's still not working.
pass rush - if we want a consistent pressure from a 4-3 defense then we need a lot. i really like the bowers/clayborn/bennett trio, but i like it because its more of a stop the run on the way to harassing the QB. i dont think any of those guys are consistent 15 sack a year guys (which i think many here want/expect). if we want to stop blitzing, we need serious upgrades at DE and DT, and that means serious resources imo.
secondary - i liked the wright signing, but i hope the experiment is over. i think he's got a certain skillset that can be adequately replaced by johnson/gaitor. i like biggers as a depth guy, he does seem to be improving but he always gives up the big one to a no-namer. i would like to see our serious resources put into CB, although i really dont know what type of DB schiano wants. if DRC's head is straight go for it, i like the local story and potential. i also really like sean smith even though he has faults. those 2 guys with biggers/johnson/gaitor would be a nice 5 imo.
backup RB - definitely. everyone (including me) gets excited about the big names but we can get what we need with nobodies imo. ivory, javarris williams (i like) and dozens of other guys can hit the hole hard and be proficient with the playbook.
slot WR - underwood has underwhelmed this season. i do like him on the roster, but possibly we could find a new slot guy. welker is a joke imo. no way we need resources tied into a slot WR. the last thing i want is freeman throwing more 5 yard passes. not to go offtopic, but a QB's timing/accuracy/comfort level go a long way with a slot WR.
LB - khasem greene seems the obvious choice but that would tie up a 2nd/3rd for a player that leaves the field a lot. time to sink or swim with hayward/watson/some new 6th round warrior. i still dream about acquiring jarvis jones as our von miller, but thats a pipedream.
TE - i really like zach ertz, but i only saw the oregon game. was very impressed by his hands. i would like to see stocker get one more year, agree i like bynam...so not really sure what to do what to do.
I'd focus primarily on CB's, a RT, and a C. If a LT upgrade oppertunity presents itself, it should be taken, but I wouldn't actively look for one. There are plenty of teams out there that would love to have Penn. While he's not great, he is a solid starter. I wouldn't bother at all with a QB. Honestly, I think that if they brought in someone reasonable, they'd beat out Freeman for the starting job. I'm still ok with giving Freeman next year only because I don't think there's a franchise QB in this draft. Now, if Alex Smith or Phillip Rivers becomes available and the Bucs were to obtain one, the Bucs should be able to take advantage of the QB-needy teams and get maybe a 2nd round pick for Freeman.I think they'd be able to get at least 1 CB and either a RT or C in free agency and then the other CB and other lineman in the draft. Outside of that, I'd look for a receiver who could get open in the middle of the field and catch the ball... a guy like Amendola comes to mind. Ryan S**CENSORED**e is a guy in the draft who could fit that bill as well. Having someone like him could force the CB's and safties to respect the underneath a little more.Edit: Just in case the Censored crap disguises the player I mentioned, it the kid from A&M S.w.o.p.e.
Quote from: Spoolios on December 17, 2012, 09:52:17 AMQuote from: bradentonian on December 17, 2012, 09:39:57 AMThink pass rush issues are more scheme based than talent.Could you go into more detail on this? It seems to me that the scheming is trying to manufacture pressure on the QB using a wild array of blitzing to make up for the lack of pressure by the front four on their own, but it's still not working.Blitzing is a big part of Schiano's philosophy. I think that's true regardless of what the front four can accomplish on their own. I do believe they tried to dial it up after losing clayborn, but I think that hurt more than it helped because many of the blitz designs take away from what our DL do best. Rather than just rushing the qb, now you've got DL trying to create gaps for the blitzers or even dropping into coverage.
I think Amendola is going to command a pretty high salary.