Originally posted by glorydayz:
With Crabtree holding out and B. Jones hurt we have pretty much the same unit except for Spurlock! The O-line is the same group! DB's are the same minus Walt & Roman! Same LBer's, added a ILB (Mckillop). Same D-line added Evans. Same QB's different 3rd & 4th (Huard & Davis).
So why would we expect different results with the same players and two new coaches?
We do look better but when it is all said and done we have the same team! Wonder if SM really believes in our guys or if we are just being cheap again?
i agree with you, and i would like to say that coaching (raye) and playcalling will improve our team chances of winning-based on tailoring those calls to our strengths, but really! what we think is a strong run game has yet to really be proven. teams WILL stack the box. until hill can prove to take advantage of that, we cannot really "open" up the passing part of the playbook.
i mean, raye and sing both said this team cornerstone will be the run game-"the rock and 21!". if that is the case, what kinda confidence is that in our passing game?
defensively, i say we traded in the trouble of "lack of speed" in roman for an aggressive playmaker with no full time experience in goldson. our d-line is still anemic when it comes to pressure and sacks. nothing really changed there. manusky can only do so much. sure, play a simplified defense and let players concentrate on assignment, but it is only a matter of time before a smart offensive coordinator will expose that and take advantage.
same team, maybe same results-if we don't catch a break here and there. but i'll stay positive and hope we could end the season 9-7.