Daily post at Sportsblog is up, taking a closer look at the Talib situation.
It’s hard to really discuss needs at this point, because all the glaring ones will be filled by the draft. This speaks to your point exactly. They can’t go into the draft needing to find a starter at any position. This allows them to pounce if a player like Benjamin or someone else they might really like falls. That’s what value is all about and you can’t draft for value when you have critical needs.
First, I thought this was interesting…
If Aqib Talib wants big money, this chart of his 2013 season won’t help: pic.twitter.com/vM78zwkyBi— Pete Damilatis (@PFF_Pete) March 5, 2014
I do think that there’s something to be said for Talib living off of the good will he earned in those early games last season. We tend to forget the weird meltdown against the Panthers and the hip injury that once again returned. Most focus on his great start and then the knee injury in the AFCCG.
My view, as I previously mentioned this morning, is that if he walks they focus on the front seven with some of the money they had slotted for Talib. As much as the Pats were picked apart vs. Denver, that has as much to do with having no depth in the front seven as it did not having a cover corner for Demaryius Thomas.
The pressure was literally non-existant. PFF had them getting pressure on Manning just six times with no sacks. If they can’t nab Talib they should make a serious play for Jared Allen/Demarcus Ware/Julius Peppers. An elite front seven will make any secondary look good, let’s not forget that.
It certainly makes the need for a corner bigger and they’d likely have to find someone else in free agency and the draft. But they’re not dead in the water with Dennard/Ryan/Arrington.
Not really that surprising, and the Pats should know what they have in Talib. If he walks they need to put additional resources into the front seven. You’re not going to get a cover corner, at least not right off the bat, in the draft where the Pats are picking. They have some good pieces in the secondary, but they’ll need to have a much better pass rush to cover up their deficiencies without Talib.
I don’t love Nix here or at all for the Pats really. Our problems are on passing downs. How much impact will Nix make on passing downs? Wilfork has/had rare athleticism and from the combine results it doesn’t look like Nix does. Would rather go with Tuitt here.
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