.Originally Posted by deboCoaching Staff:
Reasoning: In Denver, McCoy helmed an offense which has been dynamic under a wide range of quarter back talents. Personally, I like Dennison more. However, McCoy's scheme relies on power blocking offensive linemen, and with our current and drafted linemen, keeping this system makes the most amount of sense. The playcalling will ultimately run through McCoy, but Bates will have a heavy hand in being the architect of the offense. On defense, we convince Hot Rod to stay and to work with the defense to retain our strength from 2012. Likewise, we retain the best special teams coach with the promise of exciting weapons to come...
- Mike McCoy, Head Coach
- Jeremy Bates, Offensive Coordinator/QB Coach
- Rod Marinelli, Defensive Coordinator/DL Coach
- Dave Toub, Special Teams/Asst. Head Coach
RFAs and Tags:
- Devin Hester, KR/WR - His effectiveness has diminished, and ultimately he becomes a cap casualty.
- Matt Spaeth, TE - There's no reason to pay a blocking TE $2million in McCoy's scheme.
- Matt Toeaina, DT - As Stephen Paea becomes more effective, Toe becomes less necessary.
- Kellen Davis, TE - **** you, Kellen Davis.
- Dane Sanzensausage, WR - Formality.
- Cory Brandon, WR - We don't have a need for more players with two first names.
- Roberto Garza, OC - Sorry, Roberto. You're a cap casualty, and you'll see why shortly.
- Nate Collins, DT - Right to First Refusal, will be resigned
- Anthony Walters, S - Not tendered.
- Johnny Knox, WR/Aluminum Monster - Not tendered.
- Henry Melton, DT - Franchise Tagged
Reasoning: Collins, Hayden, Cheta, and Okoye are straight up needs for depth. Izzy had a nice 2012 compared to his 2011 campaign, but he's not what he was. Resigning him provides depth while we work on Shea. Roach, sadly, will probably be our MLB in 2013. I'm a big Nick Roach fan, but he shouldn't be starting at MLB, but we don't have a better option for 2013. Lance Louis is resigned in hopes of being ready to play. If he cannot, he provides us a depth option if/when he can return. Patrick Mannelly is my favorite Bear...he's staying, goddamn it.Resignings:
- Nate Collins, DT - 2yr/$1.5mil
- Israel Idonije, DE - 2yr/$4mil
- Nick Roach, LB - 3yr/$7mil
- Lance Louis, 1yr/$1.25mil
- Patrick Mannelly, Loooooong Snappah - 1yr/$1.25mil
- Kelvin Hayden, CB - 2yr/$1.75mil
- Amobi Okoye, DT - 1yr/$800k
- Cheta Ozougwu, DE - 1yr/$500k
- Matt Moore, QB - $800k
- Mike Kafka, QB - $700k
- Jerome Felton, FB - 3yr/$4mil
- Dustin Keller, TE - 3yr/$5.75mil
- Brandon Moore, OG - 3yr/$14mil
In free agency, Moore and Kafka provide inexpensive yet experienced backups. Signing Jerome Felton may be a pipe dream, but it does two things - 1. it takes a strength away from a division rival 2. it allows ERod to move into a H-Back type of role a la Chris Cooley or Aaron Hernandez (which he kind of filled anyway). Signing Dustin Keller gives us a TE in the mold of Greg Olsen and gives Jay a sure-handed big target at TE. Brandon Moore is my big name splash in FA. While he's 32, he has played outstanding football for the past half decade. He doesn't have many great years left in the NFL, but he will provide veteran leadership on an offensive line that needs it.