The Non-playing Season is finally here...
Okay, so now we start a period of multiple changes and I just wouldn't be doing my job as a fan if I didn't join in on the speculation.
So I'll talk about our weaknesses and how I wish they would addressed.
It may come as a surprise to some but I'm not going to give up on Brad Childress just yet.
I don't like him.
I didn't like the way he handled or used Marcus Robinson and from what I hear in interviews with the team he does have a problem with team chemistry.
I've been saying all along that he is stubbornly sticking to his system instead of using his players to their potentials, however I think if he gets his guys in where he wants them then he might just work out.
He has to go deep more often and throw into the end zone more often and I think he will realize that.
I think we need to get a different Offensive Coordinator though.
Our offenses inability to move as a cohesive unit is as much Bevell's fault as it is anyone elses.
I think we need a guy who can utilize our talents and call plays, so here is my suggestion: Mike Sherman!
His zone blocking scheme will get the most out of our offensive line and help out the young guys.
I think he can call plays very well and overall I think he is a good offensive coach who maximized the talent he had on offense in Green Bay.
What do you all think?
Mike Tomlin needs to fix the holes in his zone.
We need more depth at CB.
I suggest getting rid of Smoot definitely.
I also think we should draft a CB on the first day and pick-up a top quality guy in Free Agency.
Our run defense is amazing and will be next year too so we should see a lot of those 4 WR looks and if we can put 4 quality CBs out there it will help a lot.
I love the way our defensive line stops the run so I'm not ready to get rid of Udeze even though he failed to register a sack.
However, I am very uncomfortable if Erasmus James doesn't turn out to be the pass rusher we hope he is or he gets injured.
So if we replace Kenechi I won't be upset but I don't think we need too.
I think Darren Sharper's days in Purple are over and Greg Blue will be starting next season.
I think we could use a better strong Safety too.
I'm fine with Tarvaris next year. He made some rookie mistakes in his rookie season but I think with an off-season of learning, a better offensive coordinator, and at least 1 or 2 weapons he will do a lot better next season.
I know Matt Schaub is tempting and I won't be unhappy if we get him but he is going to be expensive and I think we can improve our team more if we use those draft picks on weapons for Tarvaris.
O-Line: We need a new RG.
Get rid of Hicks.
In addition, we need someone else who is really mean on this line.
We've got Hutch but he needs a "Bash Brother" who has a real mean streak.
If we were able to get Sherman's zone blocking scheme that would help as well.
I think we over paid for McKennie, but we'll see.
WR: I like Travis Taylor but the rest of them aren't anything other than #4 WRs except McMullen has a chance to be a #3.
I say we go after Drew Bennett in Free Agency and use the #7 pick on a talented WR (too early to tell who will be worth picking).
If there isn't a guy there at #7 then we need to trade up or down and get one.
This team's biggest need is WR and we can't leave the first round without one.
This way Bennett can be #1 with Taylor and our draft pick battling for 2 and 3 and McMullen or whoever at 4.
Chester is great, love him to death.
We've got good depth.
The only position we don't need to mess with.
We need a new Special Teams coach, I think.
Ours this year was BAD!
I think we should resign Kluwe.
He was a little rocky this season but coming off that surgery we can't blame him and I really think he is an asset to this team and with another year of rehabilitation and a better coach he could be one of the league's best punters.
We also need a new Kicker.
Signing Ryan Longwell was nice because it was a blow to the Packers but we need someone who has a chance of hitting from outside 50.
I don't know who is on the Free Agent list and maybe Longwell is our best option but I think we need to consider other options.
And so begins the long offseason. Happy New Year every body!
Only 9 more months until the regular season kicks off again!
When it s all said and done, you ll have to admit we re number 1!