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Discussion in 'Fan Zone' started by Woods, Dec 31, 2006.

  1. Woods

    Woods Active Member

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    to start the "rebuilding" process over again pretty soon.

    Hopefully, however, it won't take too long to rebuild.

    To me, at least, several trends are clear.

    1. This team has problems winning in December, which is the kiss of death if you want to make it far in the playoffs, IMO.

    2. Once our defensive schemes get figured out, we are unable to make necessary adjustments.

    3. On offense, we have to upgrade the OL asap. As for JJ, I don't know what's wrong, but I wouldn't mind taking a RB in the 1st, if a good one is available.

    4. On defense, my God, what a nightmare. Where to begin? It MUST be at DC, IMO. After that, we need one more pressure player opposite Ware.

    5. In the Secondary, we need to draft a CB/Safety type.

    I'm not sure what's happened to our defense the last few weeks, but I refuse to believe that we're this bad. Now, I'm NOT saying we're so GOOD, but honestly, I've got to think that the players on the defensive side of the ball have lost confidence in the coaching staff and in their own abilities.

    Simply said, we are UNDERPERFORMING with the talent on this team. It really wouldn't surprise me that with just 1, maybe 2, players on defense (one in the secondary and one in the front 7), we can be a solid defense, if not a very good defense.

    My BIGGEST concern is that our poor play on defense carries over to next season - esp. the lack of confidence. One way to alleviate this concern is to change the coaching staff on that side of the ball. Start fresh.

    I think that will happen, esp. after today's debacle.
  2. The30YardSlant

    The30YardSlant Benched

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    We really don't need much "rebuilding"....

    All we really need a is a remolded O-Line, a true franchise back and a FS who can cover and we're set (a new DC wouldnt hurt, either).
  3. Wolfpack

    Wolfpack Well-Known Member

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    Great post


  4. big dog cowboy

    big dog cowboy THE BIG DOG Staff Member

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    I completely agree. If Sean Payton and his staff were coaching the Cowboys this year the "rebuilding" job you advocate would be called "upgrading depth".
  5. Yakuza Rich

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    The scheme wasn't figured out, it's just Zimmer doesn't know how to disguise a blitz and we rarely stunt or zone blitz. The 3-4 is still working well in SD, New England, and Pittsburgh....but they've got D-Coordinators with a clue.

    Not when you have Barber. Better off finding another 3rd down back and making Barber the starter. The O-Line's problem is Rivera sucks and Flozell is one of those left tackles who's just good enough to get you beat. But Kosier, Gurode and Colombo aren't the problems and really Flozell isn't either (and we still scored 31 points).

    Get rid of Bradie James first. The Lions game plan was pretty simple in that they had Furrey run short patterns, mostly crossing routes on James and then they peppered James with passes to others as well. James got picked on badly today. Thus, it became hard for them to pressure the passer when the short pass was open and when others tried to help out, the Lions could just go deep. I don't think the secondary played all that bad, but James was god awful and may be the worst starting LB in the game and that is just not giving the defense much of a chance.

    The talent is there. Ware is one of the best players in the league...he's that damn good. Newman is a great CB and Roy is still a very good safety. Ayodele is solid, Ferguson is a very good NG and while Spears and Canty aren't exactly lighting things up, they are decent enough. Watkins played well today and Henry and Glenn are about as good of a #2 and #3 CB's you're going to find. But it's all for not if you can't rush the passer decently and if your starting ILB (James) is a free-for-all for opposing offenses.

    My biggest concern is that we're going to ditch the 3-4 when that's not the issue or we'll stick with James because we signed him an extension and he has experience and that we'll stick with Zimmer because they'll blame "lack of execution" for the defense's poor performance. We're not in rebuilding mode by any stretch, but there's a lot of things that must be done or the roof will cave in. We've got a pretty young roster with some good young players, but we've got too many bad players and some coaches that don't have a clue on how to turn things around.


    YAKUZA
  6. Woods

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    Then do you guys think there will be a change with the DC at the minimum in 2007?

    I just can't see JJ sticking with the status quo.
  7. windward

    windward NFL Historian

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    Rebuilding is the wrong word imo, I think this team is a few pieces (DC, passrusher, OL FS) from seriously contending.
  8. windward

    windward NFL Historian

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    We will have a new DC.
  9. Bleu Star

    Bleu Star Bye Felicia!

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    I agree. In today's day and age you can turn a team around in an off season if your organization dedicates itself to making that happen unequivocally. Whatever it takes... It can be done.

    Case in point:

    Jets
    Saints
  10. Woods

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    Yes, I think you're right.

    Maybe the right word is upgrading about 3-4 positions and hiring a new DC.

    Though I wonder if BP really has the stomach to come back . . . .
  11. The30YardSlant

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    IMO, this offseason we need to do 3 things:

    1: Fire Zimmer, barring an epic playoff run by the defense, and hope Romeo Crennel gets canned and get him to run the defense. If not, then go to the college ranks for a guy like Mike Stoops. (For the record, I am not in the fire Parcells camp yet, as I believe he will lead us to a great run in the playoffs).

    2: Throw every last cent you possibly can at Adalius Thomas from Baltimore if he isnt franchised. Go back to the 4-3, put him opposite Ware with Akin Ayodele manning the middle with Canty, Fergy, Spears and Ellis up front.

    3: Find a new LT and RG. Hopefully, we can get one in the draft, and then sign the best available at the other position.
  12. windward

    windward NFL Historian

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    1. I agree

    2.I agree

    3. I agree. I don't kn ow if McQuistan will be the answer or not but we should hedge our bets. Justin Blalock would be an excellent first round pick imo.
  13. AbeBeta

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    Disagree. 9-7 teams need tweeking. Some of y'all are spoiled by the SBs in the past.

    Oh yeah. The FREAKING SEASON IS NOT OVER YET.
  14. Woods

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    I sometimes wonder what a coach like BB of the Pats could do with our roster assuming NO changes in players.

    I agree we should go after A. Thomas and upgrade the OL, but I think the first thing JJ needs to decide after this season ends is whether BP is/wants to come back, and right after that upgrade the DC position.

    And IMO, it is UNACCEPTABLE if BP takes like 4 weeks to decide after our season ends if he's coming back or not. A lot of potentially good coaches/coordinators will be scooped up by then.
  15. The30YardSlant

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    I agree, I really like Blalock out of Texas. He would be an ideal player, especially considering he can dominate at both tackle and guard.
  16. noletime95

    noletime95 Well-Known Member

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    Does anyone think Mcquinston is the answer at LT long term?
  17. Woods

    Woods Active Member

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    I think he could be, but I'd still want to draft a guy to challenge him.
  18. 22Cowboys21

    22Cowboys21 Active Member

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    We NEED to do SOMETHING!
  19. big dog cowboy

    big dog cowboy THE BIG DOG Staff Member

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    That is a great start HH. I'd also add another quality CB and WR to replace TO.
  20. The30YardSlant

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    I don't have any problem keeping TO. He has not been the problem this year. If he can get through the offseason without piping off, I say keep him.

    As far as CB, I wouldnt mind moving Henry to FS and getting a quality corner, but it will depend on how good a corner we can get. Henry is struggling, but he isnt bad.

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