The Cards lost some key components in Saturday nights game against the San Diego Chargers, and the fans are starting to panic very early in the season. The good thing about this new coaching staff and front office is that they have shown that they are not going to wait until the ship goes down before they make a move to improve the team. The team is in need of some more pieces and may be searching the waiver wire and free agency soon.
I have opinions as to whom I think they should go after, but we will see what they decide to do.
After Dan Williams goes down again to a ankle injury, the team will need some veteran play at that position, not only that, they need an effective player at that position, and Dan Williams thus far has not opened any eyes to his performance to this point. So who is out there to go after that can put pressure on the quarterback and stuff the run? I believe that veteran Richard Seymour can sure up that position. Another 1 year prove it deal to a veteran looking for a home.
Another Winston is available in offensive tackle Winston Justice, should give more experience on the offensive line and perhaps get better at left tackle to reduce the mental error prone Levi Brown’s antics.Justice has ties with coach Arians playing for the Colts last year, with injuries keeping him out at times but when he did play he was a very good blocker. The team could use their depth to cover the guard position voided by Jonathan Cooper’s season ending injury.
I am not sure how Mike Thomas will shake out and I did not see him do enough to give us a picture at what he can do, although we saw him in the punt return game but that does not look like a spot the Cards need him. The team still needs a forth receiver to sure up the slot in four receiver set, a sure handed guy that is known for running good routes. That would be wide receiver Brandon Lloyd,whom I think will be perfect in this offense immediately and cause opposing defenses to scratch their heads as to where all these weapons will be on the field. This move would get respect throughout the league and give the cards one of if not the best receiving core in the league.
The tight end position is lacking and the team has to rely on Rob Housler to live up to the hype, but perhaps recently released Visanthe Shiancoe could at least fit the system and push Housler to see if he really is as good as projected the last few years.
The run game has taken a big hit if Rashard Mendenhall’s knee is the worse case scenario, and Ryan Williams on the trade or cut block. Cards need a shifty back that would fit the scheme like Willis Mcgahee another veteran coming off a knee injury but can share the load with the two rookie draft picks and Alfonso Smith, who has showed some flashes.
Regardless to what the team decides its going to be hard to get more new pieces to adjust to the scheme right away, that is the reason you go and get veterans who have seen it all, we will see soon what transpires, rest assure the Cards will make some moves and add to the 100 plus transactions already done this off season.