Jones had 10.5 sacks through 11 games but just two sacks in the final seven games. That’s an athlete who is being victimized by this scheme.
Pure pass rusher, nothing else. He’s Lawrence Taylor or Dwight Freeney. One is a Hall of Famer, the other will be.
Because they gobbled up quarterbacks. Give Jones the chance to do the same, instead of forcing him to be more and fail.
6. No more Vellanos
Look at the potential free-agent market out there. Players like Cincinnati’s Michael Johnson, Seattle’s Michael Bennett and Carolina’s Greg Hardy headline a group of dangerous, but non-cap-crunching defensive linemen who should be on the open market this spring.
You cannot cheap out hear, looking for the next Chris Jones or Joe Vellano, or even the next Tommy Kelly for that matter.
Step up to the plate and find a couple $2-4 million a year types to help. Forget paying guys the minimum up front.
Get off the $1 shelves at Target and look for the better quality instead. In this case, you often do get what you pay for.
7. A corner better than Talib
In New England, we talk about Aqib Talib with the same reverance as a Ty Law. Can I just say that Talib has been a no-show in the playoffs. He “held” the Colts’ T.Y. Hilton to a 103-yard day in the playoff opener this year. And a week later, Demaryius Thomas was running free in the secondary too often for my liking before Wes Welker cleaned Talib’s clock and sent him to the sidelines.
The bottom line is that this team needs a “shut-down” corner that can be counted on. I keep seeing Darrelle Revis in those ugly “pewter” Tampa uniforms and I wonder if first-year coach Lovie Smith wants to pay him $16 million for this season. It’s not guaranteed either.