From: Tucson, AZ
ORIGINAL: Bill Johanesen
Those darn playoff games put us a bit behind with never-ending FA needs, lists and priorities.
Priorities that must be addressed this offseason:
1. QB. Nuff said.
2A. CB. Zimmer may have outlined his philosophy about good corners allow a D to do more. A good CB to compete with/supplant McKenzie and challenge Waynes would be great.
2B. UT. Haven't recovered from losing Floyd, Stephen is more of a backup to Joseph, and neither Tom nor Jaleel appear to be the answer.
Those are the must address positions.
4. OG. While there are some young players on the team, Berger may retire. Both he and Easton could certainly be challenged. If Berger retires, may have to continue with Easton at LG.
5. TE. Someone needs to either step up or be brought in to stop the revolving door at backup TE. Said backup has to be good at several things (at least in Shurmur's scheme), which offers a challenge.
QB, a third CB and DT are the obvious requirements. Just to keep this thing rolling.
However, starting 2018 with LT Reiff, LG Easton, C Elflein, RGBerger/Sirles/Isadora, RT Remmers (or REmmers at G and Hill at RT) would smack of complacency and thinking the improvement of 2017 was more than it was.
That is, the improvement from 2016 to 2017 was very good ... but the OL itself is merely solid.
IMO QB will be resolved well before FA, I cannot see us gambling on Smith Cousins etc. with 3 familiar faces to gamble on.
After that, sign a veteran DT with some juice and a third CB with slot experience.
Second wave, an OT to compete with Remmers /Hill and a big physical WR to supplant Floyd / Treadwell.
Draft a LB with coverage skills, a TE who can run, a Mckinnon replacement, etc