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Maybe I'm not sure what your definition of "flatliners" is......but all of those guys played well this year with the exception of Quincy Black, who might not be playing football again for all we know. The "creepers" category on the other hand **CENSORED**ing sucks. I could care less if a single one of those guys are back with the team next year.
Flatliners are basically those who played as expected, it's not a negative term per se it's just they are what they re and didn't either exceed expectations or greatly disappointI did debate and probably should move Lorig to Keepers.Still think Miller and Zuttah gave us just what we expected, Miller clogs up the middle and takes pressure of McCoy, he provides no pass rush, again not a negative that is what we expect from him
Actually the problem isnt that Freeman stinks. He is average. He puts up good numbers just often enough to make you think he is better than he is. Bad and great are convincing. But mediocre makes you live with the delusion for too many years. He is just good enough to waste our time and not good enough to get us where we want to go.
Yesterday was driving home listening to DFW sports talk. They did a Keepers, Creepers and Flatliners segment of the Cowboys. Wondered the same thing about the BucsBasic Rules:Keepers, players who exceeded expectations and have the arrow pointed UPCreepers- Failed to live up to expectations SO BADLY they should be candidates for releaseFlatLines- Got what we expected.Not gonna do the whole roster, but here is my take:Keepers-Freeman-One more year with a better line, defense and weapons or he's in troubleMartin-Pleas stay healthy-you are specialVincent Jackson-SupermanMike Williams-Good player. Please improve your routes and improve QB/WR communication. Could be special.Nicks-The rockDemar Dotson-Put him in Pillsbury Doughboy Penn's placeStocker-Showed some promise in the last couple of games. Make or break next yearMcCoy-Lived up to potential. Congrats on Pro Bowl. get your hands on the QB/sacks. Please stay healthy and get some junk yard dog nastiness in your game. Be a nice guy off the field, not on itBowers-Could be special if healthy and plays a solid next year. Injuries could be a long term problemDNT-Kinda excited about this guy. let's see what he does next year. RelentlessBennett-I like him but would not pay big money for a good, not great player. Might walkDavid-Pure studFoster-Not Hardy Nickerson but really solid and dependable. We need a 3rd LB like the other two to make the LB corps special.Johnson (depth at CB)-Painful season for him but I really like him a lot. Long term keeper at whatever level he finally settles into be it starter, nickle or dimeBarron-One tough hombre. His coverage skills looked better at the end. Will need another year to reach special level.Ronde-Thank you, thank you. Enjoy the retirement (please be our defensive backfield coach)Merideth-Servicable but not the long term answer as he is a little old and a little expensiveCREEPERSBlount-One demensional. Outta here (loved him when he got rolling though). Trade himTrueblood-AMF...thank GodBenn-He's either going to be our slot receiver and stay healthy or notHeyward-I think it's overBlack-Yes he played better BUT not for all that money. Either he restructures or he's gone. Trade himTandy-Nice depth, could work his way up the ladder next yearGoode-He'll see the field as a rotational player next year and should contributeWright-One way ticket to the CFL or the SPA. You want fries with thaat/paper or plastic?Lewis-Laquan I'd keep for depth/competition, Myron for all I know, with his teflon suit, he could be starting nexxt year. I'd cut himUnderwood-Nice guy but when given the slot position, major disappointment. put him behind Jackson or Williams for depthLarsen-Depth at best. Weakest link on OlineFlatliners:Lorig-Some have suggested we eliminate the FB position. I thought he was pretty good at FB. Caught the ball, blocked for Martin and ran it a few times. Servicable at FB. If not, move him to TE/HB/FB hybridPenn-To me, he came in out of shape and used the preseason too get in shape because Schiano was out of options. As usual, played well early on then faded as the pounds returned. Trade him for a pick.Zuttah-Back to center where he belongsMiller-Finally contributed, did a hell of a job but may want some real $'s. If that's the case he walks.Black-see above. You had him on here twiceKoenig-$3 million for a punter? Could bring in cheaper competitionBarth-Absolute money.Dallas Clark-A little pricey but really solid. I'd use him more for one more year to mentor Stocker and Danny NobleJoseph-Older(30), expensive, can't make a full season, not all that and a bag of chips. Trade himGibson-Solid rotational guy but a little expensiveThose I have listed as tradeable, I would get whatever I could for this year. We don't even have 22'keepers' (17) and almost no depth. We need 35 solid contributers and 4 stars on offense and 4 stars on defense, plus 7 Inactives on game day, plus 8 PS players. Factor in the inevitable 15 players that go on IR every year (look it up it's alarming) and that's 56 MORE players from the list above, FA's and draft over the course of next year. We won't get them all next year but for sure we need to get better by 15 to 20 players next year and another 15 to 20 the following year to get to 45 strong on every game day in spite of inevitable injuries. I really believe if Schiano is going to make it to 5 years and be a consitently competetive/playoff team, this is the year he knows what he has, knows what he needs both short term and long term and the year he purges ANY player/coach that he doen't feel will help in the long run. I have faith he will objectively critique everything and everyone from top to bottom, then work closely with Dom to spend as much of that $55 million available to bring in the next Jackson/Nicks/David/Barron/Martin.
I have faith he will objectively critique everything and everyone from top to bottom, then work closely with Dom to spend as much of that $55 million available to bring in the next Jackson/Nicks/David/Barron/Martin.