Originally Posted by Number19
I'm not quite as satisfied with our defensive backs. I saw too many deep balls being given up. But I do agree that fixing our pass rush may help alleviate this problem. And maybe new coaching might help the cover skills.
I agree that the players named form a good core to bring back. I still think we need at least one safety and one CB.
We need an OLB and an ILB. Maybe Reed moves inside.
And I agree, the big hole we need to address is the big guy in the middle of the DL.
But I think you overlooked replacing Antonio Smith. Do you expect him back? Maybe Crick replaces him, but I think we still need another player here.
So I've got six holes that need addressing, at a minimum. Some of these may be addressed in free agency, as you say. I don't think we are that much in disagreement.
It's just that I'd address these with quality draft picks. By that, I mean taken in the first three rounds. Maybe the forth. But this is more holes than we have picks to fill.
So when you write, "... I have a feeling he's going to take a look at the personnel we have, see how many picks he can get, ask for a FA or two, and then implement some sort of hybrid to take advantage of everyone's strengths...", I'm in total agreement.
I'm just thinking that two quality draft picks doesn't do it.
We don't have to solve all our problems. We only have to solve the RIGHT problems and then implement schemes to cover the others.
We have free agency and we have the draft and we have players on our roster (including IR) who might be used more effectively.
Antonio Smith has said he wants to remain a Texan. I expect him to get an offer too good for us to match. BUT. If we are going to a 2-gap defensive line, he might not be the DE we want and someone like Crick might even fit the bill better.
But the bottom line is that every team has flaws and holes. A good team finds ways to win.