We all know about the signing of Dennis Allen. I think it's a pretty good signing. There is certainly not too much to complain about the guy. But we have all discussed this at length already. Where do we go from here?
#1 priority: Get a good DC. Hiring Allen who is a defense minded coach is great, but we need a guy at the DC position to help call the plays, and know how to utilize our players the right way. He needs to know how to evaluate defensive guys and adjust on the fly. Finding someone like that is hard to do. But we have some options (I hope we can bring in Del Rio).
#2: Get a LB in free agency. I know a lot of people would like to complain about there being no 1st, 2nd, or 3rd round picks this year. While we MAY get a 3rd from Nnamdi as a comp. pick, there are a couple other things people need to know. 1) There is still effing free agency. 2) We have been fine drafting players later in the rounds before. Some call it luck, I call it good player scouting and evaluation personnel. Get a damn LB in free agency, preferrably an OLB, and put Wimbley as a pass rusher on 3rd downs.
#3: Get a safety from either draft or free agency. People..... this is all we really need to do about the defense. Yeah, we can upgrade the DL, but it's not terrible (plus we had injuries to Shaugnessy and Henderson. Both key guys on that line). Our LB core obviously needs some tweaking. Outside of Branch, who can be a playmaker at the safety group? I know we have Huff. I like the guy, but I sort of like him as a nickel corner. he is not very consistent at safety. We need to bring someone in that has very good instincts on the passing plays, and help create turnovers, which team is LACKING on defense.
And seriously? That's all we really need to do. This team has talent on the offensive side. We have a good QB, very good running game, very talented receiving core, good TEs, and a great FB. It;s the defense that needs some tweaking, and I am willing to bet that the most important addition to our defense is our #1 priority: a DC.
After the superbowl, I will likely evaluate some safeties and LBs in the draft in the later rounds. I love late round guys. I think they have a lot to prove. We'll see how this goes, but I am liking the direction this team is going through. Give them 2-3 years TOPS that they'll be an 11 win team. I can definitely see it with the talent they have.