16 hours away from Free Agency and six weeks away from the draft, and life couldn't be better. Or then again, maybe it could.... After reading all/most of the articles, fan posts and shots here, it seems like we keep getting dosed with the same arguments and going off along the same tangents no matter where are the starting points. I therefore decided that the time has come for all the fabulous contributors to collaborate and give a mathematical formula to what is going on inside Halas Hall, despite the gag order that prevents us from being updated on every decision and process.
Follow along after the jump where I will elaborate...
Football is not a team sport, it is also scheme based. That means that every player at every position has the ability to effect the play of the other players to some extent. In the cover-2 scheme, the effect of the CB being able to dominate the WR at the line of scrimmage is not as helpful to the DL trying to rush the passer as in other schemes. On the other hand, despite all reports to the contrary, Lovie is not playing a pure Cover-2 system, and in the pass happy NFL, the Cover-2 can be ripped apart, for those short to medium gains on 3rd and six, which we kept seeing all year long.
Here is a link to an excel sheet which I created to show the various points added to each position (horizontal axis) based on the quality of the position (vertical axis).
I can't do this on my own, and anyone who would like to collaborate, please send me an email to beardownisrael at gmail dot com and I will share you in order to edit the document. Just any changes should be explained here in the comment section. Of course, based on the comments here, I will update it as well.
I threw in some various numbers, but mostly want to prove that our two major weaknesses are WR and CB, which upon being improved whether through the draft or FA, will greatly improve the play of our OL and DL accordingly.