A great pass rush is better than a great secondary. DeCosta and Ozzie's neglect of the front 7 has finally come back to hurt them. We desperately need edge talent. Losing Suggs and Mosley has been all of the difference in this defense. And they did next to nothing to replace them. Part of that is arrogance on their part, assuming that we always develop good talent at those positions and putting too much faith in what they had.
For all the "winning" DeCosta did in the draft and preseason trades his inability to see that LB was our area of need is probably the biggest negative to me. By that point that Clowney was dealt we had a projected comp 3rd and a 5th and a 4th on the way. We knew we didn't like Williams or Bowser and should have had some sense for Young and Board. There had to be a window to put a value package together to Houston for him.
Likewise, Bynes has been on street since March. How was he not a camp body? After we tried and failed to sign Worrilow, why was Bynes not given a look? Were we really that worried that Alaka was going to get claimed? I'm glad we've retained his rights but I have a hard time we couldn't see in practice what we've seen on the field.
Also, I wonder why Jaleel Scott is still inactive. We've heard he was bigger and faster. He seemed to be making splash plays in practice, he lit up the preseason. Roberts hasn't done a ton to impress me. Now I don't know what Scott's feel for zones and the game is really like. If it was just all body and contested catches, I don't think we need more of that, BUT we've seen 2 tipped balls on contested catches turn to INTs, so maybe that is what we need a guy who can do so more dirty work in traffic.
DeCosta (and the Ravens whole front office) gets an A+ for valuation in the market but an incomplete for the moment on internal assessment, self scouting, and matching personnel to game plan.