So a couple of thoughts:
1) The number of new starters that this team “needs to be legitimately competitive” I’d put at:
2 interior OL
1 starting RE
2 or 3 DBs (1 S and 2 CBs)
So 5-6. Now that isn’t 9, but that isn’t a small number either. The DB number really depends on how one feels about Ryan Smith. Can he be an average boundary CB. He progressed (from the early horror show) as the year went along so perhaps. I think VH3 is going to be a Nickel CB solely.
And some of this depends on whether we push more towards a 3-4 as well (or Nickel package certainly is trending that way).
I’m good with Pat Murray at PK. We got ourselves in Kicker Hell moving on from a PK that we thought was good, but not elite. I’ll take good right now.
2) How did we get here? @Tog has done a very good post on this as it pertains to Licht.
In my estimation, it’s basically:
A) Artificially creates need by dumping or not resigning a few solid players.
B) Replaced them with seriously inadequate FA acquisitions or draft picks.
C) Rinse and repeat.
D) 2016 happened, or perhaps, better put…it didn’t happen. We came away from the 2016 offseason positioned to have meaningfully productive assets.
When 2016 became 2016, it set us back significantly.
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