I'm just curious, why is everyone so set on drafting spiller or mathews or any of these other offensive players? Yeah Spiller may be good but he is a player at the position of arguably our biggest strength! Unless we are able to trade Ronnie for a 1st (which wont happen) then drafting spiller makes little sense to this team.
There are so many holes that need to be filled on Defense and the addition of Marshall allows us to look at them. I ask this question: would you rather have a great offense and terrible defense or a good offense and good defense? We NEED a Free safety and if Earl Thomas is there I think we should take him. This same secondary last year (minus gibril) let up big play after big play. They are young and will get better, but that doesn't mean we shouldn't focus on giving them some help. (i know bringing in a rookie safety might not be the perfect solution but can you think of a better one?ha) IMO With our 1st two picks we should collect 2 of DT, OLB, FS.
I'm split on Ginn, his speed is nice but I would rather have someone who can catch and run routes than sprint 40 yards in a line and get confused when he sees a ball coming at him. Given that we are looking to trade smiley, is there any chance of a smiley+ginn package for an early 3rd? (maybe the ravens if they ship gaither, cam cameron is there and the only person i coudl see giving up decent value for ginn)
I have the mind set that we are not Super Bowl contenders this year, yet contenders to at least make the playoffs. With that said....
I live in south Jersey, and the team that the people root for down here is the Eagles, so lets take them for an example. I don't want to see our team turn out like the Eagles. Yes, they have been very successful over the last ten years, but haven't won a Superbowl despite having a QB that will go down as one of the greats. Let me explain.
Donovan McNabb showed signs of being a starter right away after being draft, in which he did start, turning a 5-11 team in to a perennial competitor for the NFC championship year in and year out. He was working with average, at best, running backs and wide receivers on a team that runs the west coast offense, primarily throwing the ball more than running it. McNabb was the sole reason for his skill position teammates success, most of the time. Despite having a talented QB, the Eagles NEVER addressed the positions essential to put the over the top besides drafting Freddie Mitchell (huge bust). When they did bring a talented playmaker in for McNabb to target (Terrell Owens), it put them over the top and took them to the Super Bowl. TO was a "team obliterator" though, and the marriage between the two ended. The Eagles eventually drafted playmakers in DeSean Jackson and Jeremy Maclin and McNabb had arguably his best season although the Eagles fell short. McNabb spent 10 years in Philly before he had a legitimate offense to work with.
I do not want to be in the same position as an Eagles fan. Henne may be
the answer that we as Phins fans have been looking for since Marino retired. I don't want to see Henne become a McNabb. I would rather see a young and talented offense for Henne to lead for the next 5-10 years and know what we have in him as a QB. If we get him young and talented players, such as Spiller (in combination with Marshall, Bess and Hartline as well as the talented offensive line and the power running game that is already in place), we as fans might just get the answer to Marino and have an exciting offensive juggernaut for years. And, it just might be the way to find out IF Henne is the real deal, leaving him no excuses for a pitiful offense attack.
IN NO WAY am I comparing Henne to McNabb, nor the Phins to the Eagles. If I remember correctly, the two teams that were in the Super Bowl last year were two teams that had the top offenses and defenses that ranked in the bottom half.
Lets get our offense together while they are all young, from the o-line to the receivers to the QB and RB's, and give them time to gel and mature together as a unit. It's not like we can't address defense in the 2-7 rounds. The true offensive talent, the big time playmakers, in this years draft are in the first round, and that's about it.