Originally posted by kray28:
More than just bringing the defense back intact, we needed to get significantly better on offense. I don't know if we did that.
13-3 last year looks nice on paper. But it could have easily been 8-8 or even 7-9. And that is with awesome, out of this world seasons from our Pro-Bowl punter and kicker.
We did not win in a way that I would consider sustainable....fixing the offense would go a long way toward that.
Defense is the only way to sustainably win. Offensive plays are based on risk and reward, longer a play takes the bigger risk of a sack/interception while also a bigger reward of receivers coming uncovered and getting further down the field. Weather doesnt typically take defenses out of their game plan, etc.
The offense is fine. Remember there was no offseason last year, players were basically picking up the playbook on the fly. Byham will be healthy and he is much better than Peele as a blocking TE but also has shown good hands. Manningham gives us a different type of receiver than Morgan or Crabs, and Moss is basically gonna take Ginns role to stretch the field and has way better hands and respect from DB's. Miller will continue to progress at FB and then there is the draft. The only players we lost from this offense that were even looked at as NFL starter quality were Morgan and...? Chilo sucked, and Snyder is a backup not a solution and then who Swain? The offense will take allot of people by surprise this year... Moss and MM deep, VD, Walker and Crabs underneath, Hunter/Gore/Miller as check downs, not bad considering the weapons we will pick up in the draft too. Hell with Fleener, we could even have a 4 TE package with 3 of those TE's just as fast as receivers and the other is a great blocker. The personnel packages will be great to watch all season.