Here's this week's GMC Playbook question from Marshall Faulk:
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Okay <a href="https://twitter.com/SBNation">@SBNation</a>, this one’s for all teams: Add a football legend to your roster. What happens? <a href="http://t.co/ZYWdJccARv">http://t.co/ZYWdJccARv</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/GMCPlaybook?src=hash">#GMCPlaybook</a></p>— Marshall Faulk (@marshallfaulk) <a href="https://twitter.com/marshallfaulk/status/527579138472017923">October 29, 2014</a></blockquote>
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Hmm, is there a chance to take two players?
OK, just one. Well, it's a clear discussion between two, and one makes so much more sense from a legendary standpoint than the other. But based on the personnel of this year's team, the other fills a more pressing need.
Of course we're talking about Ray Lewis and Ed Reed here. Lewis is the obvious choice because he's among the greatest football players regardless of position to ever play the game. But Reed would fill a much more pressing need, given the issues the Ravens have had in the secondary this season.
The case for Lewis: Not only was he the best player in Ravens franchise history, he was such an important emotional leader in the locker room. When he talked, everyone listened. Lewis had a way of getting players to buy in and play at a high level.
The case against Lewis: C.J. Mosley is fourth in the NFL in total tackles with 76. He very well could wind up being the NFL's Defensive Rookie of the Year. With Mosley by his side, Daryl Smith is playing well too. There isn't a pressing need at the inside linebacker position. (However, could you imagine Mosley playing next to Lewis? No offense to Smith, but man, that would be quite the tandem.)
The case for Reed: The front seven has bailed out the secondary a ton this year. But Reed would immediately upgrade a safety group that has missed Reed's leadership in the locker room and presence on the field. Reed, in his prime, was among the top three safeties to ever play the game. Given the need for improved safety play, Reed would make a ton of sense.
The case against Reed: This isn't a knock against Reed, but any time your decision comes down to Reed or Lewis, Lewis is going to be the one picked. Other than that, it's hard to make a case against Reed given the personnel of this year's team.
The verdict: If I absolutely had to choose one player for this year only, it would be Reed. And that's only because of the personnel issues. If the two positions were on equal standing, Lewis is easily the pick. But Reed gets my vote given where the two positions are at this time.
What do you think? Attached below is a poll.