Originally posted by MadDog49er:
Originally posted by pigskin:
Eventhough you were wrong in your 2009 prediction, I thought that thread was way better than this. I am kinda disappointed.
You are not giving any meaningful content here. Your post does not explain why the remaining of this season is pointless, and I also don't see any meaningful prediction.
I know I can't do better, but you should.
The reason why the rest of the season is pointless is:
1. The team is not going to the playoff
2. There is nothing to build upon, since the coaching staff is going to be fired
3. The new staff will select players that fit their scheme, which will probably be different than our scheme.
So, take for example: Let's say that Manny Lawson finishes strong, and people are excited about his return in 2011. However, the new coaching staff may feel he is not a fit in a 4-3 scheme, and let him walk away.
Or, let's say that Troy Smith plays pretty well, and we say, "Here is our QB of the future.' Not so fast. The new staff may feel that he will not play well in their scheme (7 step vertical game...Mike Martz offense, or a West Coast offense, etc.).
Or, we see a nice improvement in Taylor Mays as he plays closer to the line of scrimmage, but next year we change to a Cover-2 scheme. So, what's the point of being excited in 2010, when everything could change in 2011.
I guess the only concession I might make, as JimBagg wisely stated, is the development of the offensive line. That will be huge in 2011. Even then, we may change to a zone blocking scheme, and our OL could go through another retooling.
These are the players the new coaching staff can choose to build upon. That is more than nothing in itself. But there is much more to this. The majority of the players will be with the team next season for obvious reasons. So their play and development for the remainder of the season will also factor in on how much change will be made to this team.
The OL is a good example, but there are others as well. I am interested in knowing:
1) WRs: Are our WRs good enough? The current answer is no, but how bad? I don't know because they need more balls thrown to them to develop properly.
2) QBs: Is Troy Smith good enough to be a #2, or we are going to need 2 new QBs?
3) RB: Can Dixon backup Gore? He seems inconsistent out there, so perhaps he needs more carries to get into a groove. Or perhaps he is just not good?
4) LB: Can Bowman replace Spikes? It is a mixed bag to me right now because he is another young, inconsistent player. Lawson is our best OLB, so I don't mind going to 4:3.
5) DB: Mays or no Mays? I'd like to see if he can cover by season end.
Again, not everything will change by 2011. Book it!