No more safeties. We already had 24 in camp this year and I like our starters....I want a couple good CORNERS! I think MLB could be upgraded as well. But mostly I think we need Harper back and some help for MM.
I think Thomas has playes lights out this season but MM is still without a doubt the best corner on this team and I think generally uderated in the league and on this board. He plays hard and physical and rarely do teams have a big game on him. Now Craft....I take the fact he is on the team as a direct indictment of how bad the rest of the cb corps is. I would love to have FT as our nickle back.
Payton overhauled the roster of a 3-13 season and lost some talented guys in the likes of Darren Howard and LeCharles Bentley. I don't think he is under any illusions that we are not the complete team. He tried to patch over anything by signing guys like Simoneau and Shanle. In years to come he'll sign players who fit his scheme with ability and commitment like Fujita on D and Brees on O
They had a post the other other day, don't remember who it was posted by, but he posted that Mike D said he had talked to McKenzie and he basically said this would be his last year with the team. He said Payton wanted him gone this year, just couldn't do it.
On the playing note, McKenzie has been horrible all year. He has missed a lot of tackles, lets WR's get behind him, and just hasn't played well.
Thomas, IMHO, has been our best corner (although that really isn't saying much). However, Thomas should be a nickle corner nothing more. We are very thin at CB and will need a major overhaul there in the offseason. My prediction is we have two new starters at each spot next year.
I agree. A stud MLB and a shutdown corner would do wonders for the defense. The thought of having Mike McKenzie as a #2 CB and Freddie T as a nickel CB is awesome. Harper back is much needed as well. Also, Ninkovich to help out the rotation.
But yeah, off season priorities: MLB, CB for sure .