Tandler addresses the Fletcher/Clements debate and says yes to the former and no to the latter. He also excercises the kind of forward thinking fiscal responsibility that will never get him hired for the Redskins (emphasis mine):
It is often said that the Redskins are never in cap trouble because we can always restructure so well (which we can't; there is no magic strategy the Redskins have unlocked that other teams haven't figured out) and that money can always be postponed in payment until tomorrow because the cap will be higher. And, in fact, the cap will be higher.
Major problem with this is that as the cap increases, so increase players' salaries. Claiming that it is best to pay in 2008 what one could pay in 2007 is only partially correct, because as there will be a bigger pie to draw from in 2008, players and their agents will also expect (and receive) a larger portion.
What this means is that Chris Cooley and Jason Campbell, as the future of this team offensively, will eventually sign huge contracts that pay them under the new salary cap. The new CBA agreement last year increased the cap by 17M; player's incomes haven't had time to trace that rise but they will soon. Early indicators such as Clements insane 20M signing bonus demand are just the tip of the iceberg. Many veterans, and rookies for that matter, will slowly realize that the deals signed under the 80-90M salary cap days are already obsolete. The market is going to bear a lot of nonsense demands from the players.
Back to Tandler...
All this suggests that the Redskins are going to be incapable of significantly upgrading their secondary. Springs will be gone but cannot be replaced by Clements. There is no instant bandaid available at that position from the draft. Thus:
So a heavy draft focus on a pass rush combined with Gregg Williams banging his head against the wall figuring out a schematic way to throw opposing QBs off their gameplan is the best available of few solutions.
Or is it? TexSkins outlined a scenario that goes a long way towards solving both needs:
I think the best option is to look to trade as far down as the 18-22 range and still get a good player there AND a 2nd rounder. TEN (#19) I know has 10 picks. I'm sure there will be another team wanting to move up.
The team has too many needs and too few picks to stay at #6 and not pick again until the 5th round. It's that simple.
Reader(s): Is Tandler right (and he usually is)? Should we focus on the Pass Rush, the Secondary, or can we risk a shot at Both?