THE 12: #1 - STOP THE BLEEDING

Posted March 05, 2013

 

WITH Nnamdi Asomugha and DRC all but gone, we’ll need CB’s.

Brandon Boykin, Curtis Marsh, and Trevard Lindley were all projects from the Andy Reid era. Chip Kelly doesn’t have the time or expertise to use projects as starters. The thinking among fans is that the Draft could solve half of that problem, but it wasn’t the CB’s that seemed to frustrate the coaching staff, it was the Safety play.

Kurt Coleman is a liability as a center-fielder, both in terms of foot speed and biting on fakes. We need someone with better instincts, and enough speed to be that last line of defense.

If they still want to take another year on Nate Allen to see if they can make something out of him, I doubt anyone would call them fools for it. If it goes longer than a year, I think folks around the league will begin to talk.

Colt Anderson is a heck of a Special Teamer and is a capable sub, but he’s not ready for primetime.

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THE MEAT:

Formulation of a Secondary is THE single most important issue facing this team by far. Regardless of how bad the Offensive Line blocks, how inaccurate the QB is, or how lackluster the LB’s are; we must stop the rest of the NFL from thinking they can continue to score almost at will against us. We have to force turnovers to keep games close.

We have to stop this bleeding.

THE MOVE:

Safety is easy to write a prescription for. Assuming that Nate Allen is the SS and the cornerstone of the Secondary, we’re still short a FS and 2 CB’s. The smartest move would be drafting a FS. The top of the food chain in this year’s Draft, is Eric Reid. He’s supposed to still be there early in the 2nd and if he is, we’re idiots not to grab him.

Cornerback is trickier.  Grabbing a FA like St. Louis’s Bradley Fletcher or San Diego’s Antoine Cason would be smart to do on one side. (I would avoid Sean Smith since he doesn’t care where he plays as long as he “gets paid”. Bad mindset.) On the other side, I suppose that drafting Dee Milliner in the 1st would give us 4 starters (FA CB, Milliner, Reid, Allen.)

This uses up the first two picks, but if the Secondary doesn’t get fixed it could de-rail everything else. Like they say the NFL is a passing league. We need to be able to defend against that.

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