So you're just going to assume that we somehow land Boldin, no matter how far fetched the idea may be? I'm all for it, but I would argue that the odds are against us.
Like I said in an earlier post; for the sake of this argument, I'm going to assume we do get Quan.
Clemons is fine at FS? He is so fine that he didn't really get all that much playing time from Gebril Wilson, and the opportunities he did have ended him right back on the bench. I'm not sure that "below the level of an already terrible Wilson" = fine. You have a lot of confidence in a guy who didn't see that much time.
Clemons got more and more playing time as the season went on, and when he was in there, teams did not challenge us deep down the field. I went to the Patriots-Dolphins game here in Foxboro. Whenever they brought Clemons into the game, NE was forced to dump it off somewhere. The kid has great range and was ready to jump a couple of Tom Brady passes if he had pulled the trigger.
Again, if we are finding a player to spell Soliai, we're in a whole heap of trouble. He has done little more than show a few flashes here and there. He has NEVER been consistent, and when he took over as starter, our run D was terrible. And since when can we count on a guy who is not on the roster? Ferguson is not a Dolphin as of 3.5.2010. Maybe we sign him, maybe we don't.
A lot of teams' rush yards, I thought, came to the outside and took advantage of 1) Our OLB's failures to defend the run, and 2) Our lack of speed defensively. While Soliai was not great, remember that he was playing through an ankle sprain, and was without Crowder for a few games. I think that he has a lot of potential, and it takes NT's (for whatever reason) a while to reach it. I think the chances of Ferguson coming back are actually better than you think. He has said that he will decide whether he wants to play another year or not, (although by the tone of his voice, I can't imagine him retiring), and the only team he would play for is Miami. I think he'll come back. Even if he doesn't, I think a 4th round type of a guy to push Soliai and give him a little compeition could do the trick.
And you somehow are okay with"we'll be fine once we draft just 2 guys (who may or may not work out). You have an awful lot of faith in the infallibility of the draft process, and in those players coming in and being day 1 starters.
I have a lot of faith in the organization who has not missed on an early round pick yet, and who has picked more Pro Bowl caliber players in the first 2 rounds over their 15 year history of drafting, than they have busted on.
No I don't. I act as if this is a 7 win team (which isn't that much better than a 5-6 win team). And being close in some games does not = wins. A lot of teams can keep games close, even mediocre ones.
You act as if we have a little cut that can be easily bandaged by a couple of draft hits. What you've described isn't a couple of moves, but a major re-shifting of the roster, and a major coup or two in getting some highly sought after players (you don't think we are the only team interested in landing Boldin, right?).
A little reality could do you some good.
And I will tell you again. We are not close. We need a lot more than "a couple of moves" to do what we would like to see our team do.
If this team can stay healthy, with a couple of additions to the front 7, IMO, we are good enough to beat any team in the NFL. With the mindset of this coaching staff, and our ability to dominate games up front, we are in every game we play, as proven over the last 2 years. IMO, a couple of big plays made here and there, and those 7 wins are easily 10 or 11. Add a couple of playmaking LB's, something Bill Parcells should have no problems doing in a very LB-talented draft, and I think we can contend.