What's the REALISTIC
diagnosis of where we are in 2011 opposed to where we were in 2010?
I'm throwing this out there to the even keel fans in the ZONE that are pretty realistic each year with their predictions. I'm not asking for predictions, just a realistic idea of how much the team and franchise has improved (or not) from last year...
Undoubtedly most would agree that we should be better. I don't think anyone, fan of the team or not, could say anything different.
FA's lost and FA's gained
Last week it seemed like most people in the ZONE were ready to storm into the Santa Clara facility and drag the Powers that be, out into the street and stone them. It was even said that we were purposely losing to get Andrew Luck and that the suck was here to stay...
This week, most of those same people have us winning the Superbowl and are gauranteeing the *over*....
So the question is...Have we improved overall with the FA additions?
Obviously you can't put together players and expect them to gel over night, but during the course of the year and with the current coaching staff, is it realistic to say that this FA group will provide more than the players that we lost?
Returning players and rookies
I'm not going to mention one specific position because I don't want to create argument after argument in this thread, and I will only say that I am neutral on this matter for the moment, I'll pick a side after week 4.
Setting that aside and focusing on the core players, is it safe to say that we've added some good players through the draft that can contribute and also will the players that had average seasons last year, perhaps be improved due to coaching?
One glaring question, and one that no one may EVER be able to answer, what will Crabtree be able to contribute this year, with this staff?
On the surface, with the addition of Edwards, it would seem that the offense could be something REALLY, REALLY, REALLY special with VD, Crabtree, Edwards, J.Morgan, Ginn, D. Walker, Gore, Dixon and Kendall Hunter all in the mix.
With improvements on the O-Line from Iupati, Davis and the addition of Goodwin, then HOPEFULLY the subtraction of Rachel.....Is it CRAZY to think we have alot of good pieces in place to have a very solid offense when you add the improved coaching staff to the mix?
If this group just lived up to *Half* of their potential, it would seem they all have a very good chance to have a great year.
All That being said, I see us as anywhere from a 6-10 team to a 12-4 team.
The problem I have is taking my heart out of the equasian...
So where are we in 2011....??? Realistically???
[ Edited by RipFigler49 on Aug 6, 2011 at 6:16 AM ]