Losing Harrison 5 years ago would have hurt real bad, but its time worilds steps up and starts. If he can't then carter will. Starks? Yea I love him but they just spent a 2nd on a guy who doesn't have health issues. Lewis? Has had one DECENT year. McClendon can rush the qb but he can't consistently control the center of the line. Y'all minimize how important that is in our defense but the NT that isn't gap sound breaks down the entire defense.
Our only free agent loss that scares me is Wallace.
Troy: another highly paid star that has been injured causing him to miss games or play inneffectively. Completely on the downside due to age, unreliability, and cost No replacement on the roster.
Woodley: has been injured the past two seasons missing games and playing poorly when on the field. With Worilds now a starter, no replacement on the roster.
Pouncey: injured two seasons in a row but good when on the field. If Legursky leaves, no replacement on the roster.
Clark: stud, but old...no replacement on the roster.
Brown: solid but too many mental errors. Needs to refine his game and earn the contract.
Miller: total stud but his knee was shredded. I am not counting on Heath at all this year and he may never be the same. No replacement on the roster.
Keisel: good season but old.
Taylor: good but expensive and older. Creates no turnovers at all.
Allen: young and unproven.
Sanders: injured every season and hasn't shown an incredible amount. More like a 3rd or 4th WR.
Gilbert: guy just seems like a slob with little power, speed, or body control. Injured missing games last season.
Adams: I actually think he can be a decent RT but another OT that missed games due to injury.
DeCastro: projected to be a stud but missed most the season and looked average at best at RG. Yet another OL that was injured and missed games. All OL missed time last year but some seem hellbent against an OL in the first two rounds.
Heyward: hasn't shown a whole lot but playing time is limited. To spend a first round pick on a 3-4 DE was dumb once. Twice in three years is moronic.
Hood: see Heywards comment. An equal player would of been a cheap FA or much lower round pick.
Worilds pass rush abilities but has to prove he can handle the other responsibilities. We'll see as its his turn.
I get Redman, Dwyer, and Sanders. I don't get McClendon. I think he is a future starter. He could also thrive in a 4-3.
Same goes for practice squad guys at the end of training camp. People always freak out about guys getting scooped up but most make it through to the PS.
We are losing talent fasting than what we are gaining it.
Sometimes you have to take one step back to take two steps forward. We have been trying to hold on with fading players too long. This period was eventually going to come. I'm all for them getting their cap situation right for the future and them laying the groundwork for the next 5-8 years versus trying for "one more" with the same players.
If it's me, even though he is one of my all time favorites I would say good bye to Troy also. I have zero faith he can play 16 games in a season. The Aaron Smith fiasco should be a strong lesson to all involved.