The All-Time Great
- Jul 22, 2009
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And that's the nub of it: winning in the short term or the long term? Frankly, I think this team will be competitive but it doesn't have a roster to compete with the Iggles and Cowturds.That entire premise is based on the assumption Keenum gives us the better chance of winning. And it may a wrong assumption.
Gruden is by all reports on the hot seat. I figure he'll start the guy he thinks is the best player and I'll trust his assessment on that front.
You could also argue that having a pretty solid team around him would make it less risky to start a rookie who might be more prone to make mistakes but has much higher upside.
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1. O-line remains an open sore until proven otherwise. Starting tackles whoi are injury prone every season; right guard returning from injury; left guard a gap until a performer is established; depth.
2. Linebacking corps remains middle-of-the-road until proven otherwise. Note that Foster did not play well his final season with the 49ers.
3. Secondary remains an uncertainty: no shutdown cb, second safety, Norman declining, Dunbar coming off injury, depth.
4. Receiving corps is weak until proven otherwise.
5. No established QB. QBs learning the system in a division none but the injury prone McCoy has played in. A rookie with one year of starting experience, a journeyman, the aforementioned injury in waiting Colt.
6. No TE threat comparable to other teams with strong TEs. Reed is constantly injured and a weak blocker. No other TE threat a defense has to worry about.
7. RBs featuring one star at the tail end of his career, two coming off serious injury, a fourth who can't stay on the field.
8. A HC who is often outcoached and does not make credible half time adjustments.
Lotta ifs this season. Everything falls into place they could make it to the play-offs mostly due to a defensive line that is emerging as one of the better in the league - can it last a whole season by establiishing a rotation where the level of play doesn't fall off toward the end of the year? The offense is a huge question mark across almost every position.
As you know, I preferred waiting to next season to draft from a far better pool of QB options per the "experts". Not the plan. Ok. Then methodically develop what you have. If the decision is made to go into the season with Haskins, play him as often as possible during presesason so he can acclimate to NFL speed, NFL defenses, develop a leadership personna. But that means playing your other vets as well. All the risks go up. Going into the season without exposing the rookie to maximum playtime would be flat out crazy and self-defeating. It turns your frist several games into school time.