kennycaine Posted September 19, 2010 Share Posted September 19, 2010 (edited) I said this last year and I was lambasted and called a non-fan for simply being honest in my assessment of what I saw. I predicetd that we would be lucky to win 9 games and if not for a last minute TD against the Jets we were lucky to get that record. Last year my reasoning was that the team was trying to win with substandard players on defense and that was proven by a ranking only slightly better than the prior year. This year the defense will be markedly better but this time the problem is a dearth of offensive playmakers. Try as you might to call Jerious Norwood and Mike Jenkins "playmakers" the reality is that other than Roddy White, an apparently rapidly wearing-down Michael Turner and an aging yet still effective Tony Gonzalez, the cupboard is bare offensively as far as impact players are concerned. Counting on Harry Douglas to fulfill that void is a gamble but even if you did, that is 3-4 possible "playmakers" in comparison to New Orleans 6 or 7 or Minnesota and Dallas'5 or 6. Try as you might to argue and resist this premise but as I said last year, I hope that I am wrong but the evidence suggests otherwise. If someone steps up to become our Devery Henderson to Marques Colston or Percy Harvin to Sidney Rice and Visante Shancoe then maybe that prediction will not come to past. It is not the defense's inability to get off the field on third down that will be the problem rather the offense's inability to sustain after third down which may be the concern. Edited September 19, 2010 by kennycaine Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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