Originally Posted by TonyR
His point was that we don't have 5-6 years for our offense to evolve. The reality is that we don't need that long. Manning took over a terrible team and had them at 13-3 his second year.
here's my point. we have 2 or 3 years with Manning. i know he signed a 5 year contract, but he'll turn 39 before his 4th season here. so let's just all agree that we should be shooting for a trip to the SB in 2013 or 2014. even if 2012 is a throwaway year to get everyone up to speed and Manning up to speed, we cannot fill the holes we have using the draft. we have one 1st, one 2nd, and one 3rd right now for 2012, IIRC. realistically, those are the only rounds that you can expect to find starters. but those guys will be rookies. even if we get rookies good enough to start, they will play like rookies. so we must get FAs and other veterans by trade because you can't rely on 3 picks in 2012 and 3 picks in 2013 to come in and be legit NFL starters in their first and second years. it doesn't work that way, even if your organization is really good at drafting, which we are not. so how do we become a SB contender in 2013 and 2014? by addressing our needs now with solid or elite veterans. remember, Champ is getting older too. he might not be a CB anymore in 2 or 3 years. and we might lose some of our good players to free agency as well.
the whole thing is a big jigsaw puzzle. Manning (if healthy) is just one part of that puzzle. this FO needs to start working on the rest of the puzzle ASAP.