I'm not living in fantasy land, I'm emphasizing that they need to get better talent across the board up front. Marcus Stroud isn't getting that done. Your mention of Ellis is odd, since he's a markedly better player than Stroud. I'd be more than happy with him coming aboard, though it won't happen.
And I think you're the one living in fantasy land if you see WR as a bigger 'need' than DL. Wilfork is flanked by rotational players right now; another one isn't going to help. The Pats need to burn money on defenders, or potentially an OL, and I don't care if it's at OLB or DE, but the front seven has to improve. If you think rolling the dice with Stroud (and your Ellis mention is cheap, since he'd be more expensive than you seem to think, as well as the better player) is a better option than aggressively pursuing an impact DL like Cullen Jenkins (yes, he gets hurt a lot, but, like, so doesn't Stroud, who isn't even that good anymore), then I don't know what to say. The Pats need impact talent on defense, not depth.
EDIT - You have a bizarre faith in Warren bouncing back just fine, too, despite hurting his hip, a notoriously debilitating injury. I'm not so terribly sold on the front-line talent at DE.
All fair points.Ellis is definitely a better play then Stroud,and it was probably unfair for me to lump him into the Marcus Stroud category. I don't think he'll be as expensive as you do (probably somewhere in between someone like Stroud and someone like Jenkins), but that's a different topic entirely.
Still, Gerard Warren was a very cheap option and played admirably for stretches last year. Considering he never lived up to the hype, nor was he ever as good of a player as Stroud, I don't think it's out of the realm of possibility to think that Stroud could reinvent himself playing for a significantly better coach with better talent around him.
With that said--after sleeping on it for the night--you're probably right. He wasn't in much different of a situation in Buffalo (flanked by a pro bowl NT and then a bunch of rotataional guys; decent inside linebackers and no outside rush) and, despite his size for the 3-4 system, played pretty poorly trying to implement it for the first time in his career.
As far as WR being a bigger "need" than DE...again, I was probably grasping at straws. Truth be told, I'm not sure why I defended Marcus Stroud other then he seems the type of low cost/medium-low impact guy BB brings in off the streets. The Patriots are going to need some help at WR, but not anymore then they need help on the front seven. All in all, a pretty poor performance in my last post. Mea Culpa.
Edited by Kenny F'ing Powers, 17 February 2011 - 09:30 AM.