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I kept thinking to myself last year as Neo and Lanky continued to pound the idea that this team is a good QB away from being a playoff contender that I wasn't sold on that idea. As I watch tape of last season, I really think they may be on to something. I think you are absolutely correct Om, there are many variables that need to fall in our favor and I mentioned that when I expressed my excitement. I think you're right to suggest it is anywhere from a 5/6 - 10 win season. Not sure if 10+ is possible, but you never know. We could be the surprise of the league, right? Hell, with just 4 games left in the season last year, we still had a shot to win the Division.
I think that Griff alone is enough for at least 2 more wins. Yes he's a rookie and will make mistakes, but didn't we have that last year with a QB who cannot out run a slug?
Been thinking about the RB position. Unless Hightower is healthy from the start, I am excited to see if Morris can step in to add some excitement to that backfield. He reminds me of Ray Rice. I think our run game progresses from last year.
Our WR? Yeah, I think this is the biggest question mark on the offense, even over the O-line simply because of the injuries. Hank and Morgan are both coming off season ending injury, and Hank has yet to be cleared for drills. I like the Garçon signing, but is he a true number 1? It is nice to have Reggie Wayne on the other side. The other guys, Moss excluded, will battle it out to see who will remain on the roster. I am really interested to see what Niles Paul can do at the TE position.
I have mentioned this play before, but I still get excited when I see what it could net with the right players in place:
Rex rolls right, the Fred Davis stays in to block to disguise the play, then he releases at just the right moment when all the action is following Rex. Davis is wide open after sneaking out to the left and has to wait for the pass to get to him. It was a nice gain for a 1st down, but had Rex been able to hit Davis in stride he would have broke it open. Just think about Griff throwing that ball to Paul, he will never get caught on that play...if Paul can sell it at the line of scrimmage, it's a TD every time.
Our defense was solid and there have been no "down grades" in my estimation. Yes, there is uncertainty in the secondary, but there was the same uncertainty last year. I am thinking the defenses progresses more and this season they return to top 10 form. If they can do that, the onus lies on the offense to win us games. Well, isn't that what Griff does?