Key players lost over the past two years
Wanted to take a look at players we lost since we last went to the AFCCG which in my opinion have been inadequately replaced. I understand that some were at the end of their careers, but combine their loss with some weak drafts and it a good part of why we are where we are:
Damien Woody (Multiple Pro Bowls)
LT (Multiple Pro Bowls)
Sean Ellis (Multiple Pro Bowls)
Tony Richardson (Multiple Pro Bowls).
Take a look at the stats for the RBs who ran behind TR. He was the best at his position, a perennial pro bowler and effective well into his mid-30s.
Braylon Edwards Was excellent his last season with us, no dropped balls and great blocking too aside from being our top receiver in yds and rec.
Brad Smith - Was what Tebow will never be.
Ben Hartsock - Best blocking TE we've had since Anthony Becht
That's a heck of alot of solid players to lose in the past two years and we haven't come close to replacing any of them.
Also some Solid Players who've been replaced, but it still feels like we lost something:
Jerricho Cotchery - Solid possession receiver with great hands and attitude.
Jim Leonard - Solid coverage who could take out possession receivers, though injured in the playoffs.
I don't know about you guys, but that's a hell of alot of experience and talent to lose.