I believe we are weaker then we were last year, and we lost ground during the off-season when instead of building ourselves up, we tore our-selves down.
The off season is finished and the real games are about to begin. Two AFC champion games in his first two years and we all thought Rex was a genus and there was nothing to stop us from going to the SB this year. This was my view at the end of last season, but now, with less then one week to go before the first game I feel very differently.
There was no reason to lose BOTH Edwards and Cotchery, two players in their 20's who knew our system and had developed a chemistry with our QB. They could have been with us for many years. We replaced them with 2 players in their 30's, who had no time to develop that chemistry with our QB. We will be lucky to get 2 years out of them.
We went into the draft wanting to make our DL younger. We did that. But the other two things we all talked about was the need for a faster OLB who could be a DPR and an possible upgrade to Safety. We did not do that but we had two gifts fall into our hands during the pre-season which we dropped.
Braddon Meriweather, was a first-round pick (24th overall) in the 2007 NFL Draft, has 244 total tackles and 12 interceptions over four seasons. In 2009, he had a career-high five interceptions and made the first of two straight Pro Bowls. We did not even go after him. We dropped Dwight Lowery one of our few playmakers at safety and picked up unproven safety Andrew Sendejo .
Aaron Maybin, was the former first-round pick who was released by the Buffalo Bills. Rex said he liked what he saw from Maybin in the preseason, particularly in the Thursday night finale against the Philadelphia Eagles when he had 1.5 sacks and just missed having another. He only had slightly more then 2 weeks to learn the playbook but. showed some promise. Yet we cut him, so what do we now have?
I do not see where this year's off-season has allowed us to build for now and the future.