Originally posted by ninersrule4:
Ouch. Not sure things are that
Problem is, our off-season balloon has deflated.
We thought that Marvel Smith would be a solid upgrade @ RT -- didn't work out.
We thought we were lucky having Crabtree 'fall' to us in the draft -- so far, hasn't worked out.
We thought that the new scheme + allowing Lawson to focus on pass rush would improve the defense -- so far hasn't worked out, and unless there is unseen 'magic', won't work out.
We thought we had our 'best depth in a long time' @ receiver -- so far they have all more or less underperformed. No one has lit it up...
We thought that Hill as the obvious and early starter would mean he could settle in and get comfortable, resulting in even better play. So far we have seen none of this either (still too early to tell, but hasn't looked good.)
We thought the 'Physical with an F' attitude and training camp would mean asserting dominance on the field. Still too early to tell, but all we've seen so far is a slightly improved running attack, and pretty much status quo otherwise.
Most, if not all, of the things we were high on have fizzled so far. I can totally understand the lack of optimism.
Given all this, I'm waiting until the first game to pass real judgement on this team.
It is a long shot, but who knows? Maybe the defense will swarm and create havoc. Maybe our O-line will dominate and wear down defenses.
It would just be nice to see SOME evidence.
Hope is not a strategy!
[ Edited by Xestenz on Sep 6, 2009 at 12:02:29 ]