First, if I was an NFL GM right now, any GM not just Dave Gettleman, my job just got a little easier. We just saw the most prolific offense in NFL history, guided by a sure fire Hall of Fame QB get pummeled because the QB just did not have time and/or space to throw the football down field. Using Gettleman terminology, it was all about the hog mollies.
Sure you can say Peyton Manning didn't really throw the ball that well. You can say he is not a mobile QB and therefore got penned in at times. But to look no deeper for those reasons means you fail to give the Seahawks their due credit. They collapsed the pocket, they got pressure, they got their hands in Manning's face. They exposed the only weakness this offense had and that is the offense line. But it's the last part of your offense you want to be weak. So no matter how experienced and celebrated the QB was or how many 6'5" weapons he had in the passing game if he doesn't have time or at least the space to make the throw then guess what? You have a real hard time scoring TDs, even if you've scored the most TDs in one season in NFL history.
So I think Gettleman has it right, it's all about the hog mollies. I fully expect the offensive line to be the focus of the offseason in both free agency and the draft. Just as he shored up the defensive line last year via free agency (Edwards, Cole) and the draft (Lotulelei, Short) he will try and do the same this year on the other side of the line. Now I'm saying that means we will use our first two picks on the OL, honestly I would prefer we look to free agency first. But I think we will pick at least two OL in this draft, one or both just might be 2nd or 3rd day picks.
The second lesson I learned is that you can never have enough defense. It's what wins championships right? Just because of lesson one above Gettleman shouldn't shy away from a BPA pick for the defense at #28 in the draft. If that guy is a CB or a safety, go for it. If it's a 3 down TE, a sure handed WR or even another DT ...as BPA...then you still need to make that pick. I know it's hard to sustain depth in the NFL in the salary cap era but you have think Von Miller would have made an impact in this game. The Broncos really could have used one more pass rusher with speed to contain Wilson, something they were unable to do with much success.
So what are your thoughts and/or lessons learned Panther fans?