falconidae Posted August 2, 2011 Share Posted August 2, 2011 Been noticing when people put up threads that my reaction to a lot of them is " This is a big/critical year for ..." So, I thought I'd make a list.TD- great job in the off season, he needs the youngsters he drafted on D and the Olinemen he's stockpiled to come through. The Oline needs to be better this year because of his picks. Jerry, Spoon and Moore need to be the playmakers on D. If those things happen, then we can rely on TD's picks and the future looks bright.Smith- needs to take the next step as a coach, to me that means loosening the reins of the offense and defense. He's been conservative in his approach to protect his young QB and young D. Time to open up the playbook on both sides.Also, I never again want to hear " We didn't practice against that" like we did after the Eagles game last year.MM- Think he's gotten a bad rap because Smith has had him play a really conservative style, let's see what he does with all his new toys and a mature QB.BVG- Looks like he finally has the Dline pieces he need to make his D work. Want to see a D that looks more like the D in the second NO game.Don't want either side of the ball to abandon what they've done, just expand on it. Want an O than can move seamlessly from a 2 TE FB set to a 4 WR set from play to play, and a D than can go from bend but don't break to attacking from play to play. The more looks you can give another team, the better off you are.Ryan- needs to work on mechanics and to win a playoff game. Think if he does the first, the second will come. Baker- if he's going to mature into a good LT, this will be the year. His development has been slowed by injuries, but he needs to step it up this year.HD/ Meier- WR spots are wide open, need to step and claim one. If both of these players catch 30 balls this year, Ds are in a world of trouble stopping this O.Jerry- Like Baker, career development delayed by injury. Think he's the critical piece for an Elite Dline. If he collapses the pocket on a regular basis, opposing offenses are going to be hurting. If Edwards, Babs, Jerry & Abe ALL have to be double teamed, it's going to be a fun year.Spoon- got to stay healthy and give us that playmaker he showed us glimpses of last year.Moore- the same, stay healthy, improve on last year.Edwards- Be a really good year for him to break into double digit sacks.Sidbury-time to show us something.A winning season and a playoff run means this team has turned the corner and become an upper echelon team in the NFL.I don't think all that happens, but I think enough of it will that this team does have a winning season and a playoff run. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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