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  • As of right now, our biggest liability is OG. 
  • Jones wins the starting MLB spot over Worrilow and finally, FINALLY, we have a fast Mike who can cover. We got so much better at LB this year. 
  • Like DQ mentioned, Beasley will be playing more LB this season, and I see him as SAM when he does play LB. I still think we will feature him as our LEO. Beasley will burst on to the scene this year, like Mack did last season. He will be pivotal in his 2nd year for us. 
  • I think with the suspension of Collins, if he does not come back fully prepared and ready to make an impact, King could surprise some and take over for Collins. Disclaimer: I am not calling Collins a bust, however, the jury is out on him big-time and he has some major proving to do. 
  • I think Fuller has a legitimate chance at being our return specialist. I think Hester is not retained after this year, and I wouldn't be surprised if Fuller is returning for us by mid-season.
  • The addition of Mack will be HUGE for our offense. Coupled with the fact that Ryan and Co. are in year 2 of KS scheme, we no longer have to worry about snaps going into the turf. Ryan can relax knowing we have a top-3 center snapping him the ball and blocking for him. 
  • Hageman needs to step it up. This is his year to prove himself on the field. He has flashed dominance, and other times disappeared. He NEEDS to take that proverbial 'next-step' b/c this may be Babs' final year. Jarrett has a ton of potential and I am so pumped to see him this season. If Hags/Jarrett spelled by Babs can provide a push up the middle, watch out for Clay/Shelby/Beasley to be causing major disruption in the backfield. I also think our DTs can get a few sacks a piece as well. 
  • Our secondary is becoming a major strength. Yeah, I know it's early, but the addition of Neal is going to be huge. Neal is our enforcer. No more dump-off's to TEs/RBs that have killed us for years. Tru is already a lock-down corner, Rocky is a physical ballhawk (a bit undersized and needs to play with better technique to avoid the flags), Allen is a solid FS for a 5th rounder... jury still out on Collins as previously stated. 
  • Overall, we are trending in the right direction. I am so excited for this organization. Our schedule is tough, yes, but I think we can make some serious noise this year. I am not ready to say playoff bound quite yet, would rather see the product on the field before jumping the gun. Our Drafts/FA keep getting better under Quinn... by year 3 with another solid draft/FA in the Quinn-Era and going into the MB Stadium, look for us to be serious contenders.
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23 minutes ago, Reggie_Kelly said:

Im not seeing how Jones is a MLB? I saw him a couple of times last year and he struggled a little vs the run.

Am I missing something here?

Ideally he wouldn't be at MLB. But if it takes PW off the field I'm all for it.

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We are definitely trending up right now. There are a few questions regarding every unit except running back.

  • Defensive line: Are we going to get to the QB? Hurries are nice, but getting the QB down (or better yet, strip sacks) is huge. Especially if we can do it on a consistent basis. I expect improvement from this unit, especially with the addition of Shelby and plans to have him, Beasley, and Clayborn on the field at the same time.
  • Linebackers: Who stays and who leaves? Will Reed step it up with a healthy season? Will Upshaw and Spoon be situational players? Do we have too many, knowing that the majority of our defensive snaps are with nickel packages? Coach Smith is going to have a lot o personnel options.
  • Secondary: Will Neal improve in coverage? What will Collins provide? Will King improve? Will Ish, Therezie, and Allen show growth? We have potential to buy only have a good backfield, but also a deep one.
  • Offensive line: Guard play. 'Nuff said.
  • Receivers: Will Sanu and Ryan develop chemistry? Will Hardy become a reliable target? Will Hooper and Tamme see action together? Will we continue using Julio out of multiple positions? Will we set the running game up via the pass or vice versa? Can we reduce the drops?
  • Quarterback: Can Ryan grow in the scheme and avoid the uncharacteristic mistakes that he had last season? Will he have time to make his reads? Will he be permitted to run a no-huddle offense for significant stretches? I'm expecting a huge bounce back year as long as Shanny tries to fit the offense to Ryan's strength instead of shoehorning Ryan into a rigid scheme. 
  • Special teams: Who is kicking the ball? Who will be returning it? 
  • In general: Will the second year players step up (especially Jarrett and Mbu)? Will the rookies play well? 

I see the potential to have a good season, in spite of a tough schedule. I think we will struggle at the beginning of the year, mostly due to youth and chemistry issues. Cutting down on turnovers and maintaining an advantage on them will be the difference between whether we have a good or bad year. But I think we have good pieces. Finding answers to the questions will go a long way toward determining how well they fit.

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2 hours ago, JayOzOne said:

We are definitely trending up right now. There are a few questions regarding every unit except running back.

  • Defensive line: Are we going to get to the QB? Hurries are nice, but getting the QB down (or better yet, strip sacks) is huge. Especially if we can do it on a consistent basis. I expect improvement from this unit, especially with the addition of Shelby and plans to have him, Beasley, and Clayborn on the field at the same time.
  • Linebackers: Who stays and who leaves? Will Reed step it up with a healthy season? Will Upshaw and Spoon be situational players? Do we have too many, knowing that the majority of our defensive snaps are with nickel packages? Coach Smith is going to have a lot o personnel options.
  • Secondary: Will Neal improve in coverage? What will Collins provide? Will King improve? Will Ish, Therezie, and Allen show growth? We have potential to buy only have a good backfield, but also a deep one.
  • Offensive line: Guard play. 'Nuff said.
  • Receivers: Will Sanu and Ryan develop chemistry? Will Hardy become a reliable target? Will Hooper and Tamme see action together? Will we continue using Julio out of multiple positions? Will we set the running game up via the pass or vice versa? Can we reduce the drops?
  • Quarterback: Can Ryan grow in the scheme and avoid the uncharacteristic mistakes that he had last season? Will he have time to make his reads? Will he be permitted to run a no-huddle offense for significant stretches? I'm expecting a huge bounce back year as long as Shanny tries to fit the offense to Ryan's strength instead of shoehorning Ryan into a rigid scheme. 
  • Special teams: Who is kicking the ball? Who will be returning it? 
  • In general: Will the second year players step up (especially Jarrett and Mbu)? Will the rookies play well? 

I see the potential to have a good season, in spite of a tough schedule. I think we will struggle at the beginning of the year, mostly due to youth and chemistry issues. Cutting down on turnovers and maintaining an advantage on them will be the difference between whether we have a good or bad year. But I think we have good pieces. Finding answers to the questions will go a long way toward determining how well they fit.

All legit points, but as has been posted elsewhere, I believe Neal will help answer question #1. He will be in the box a lot and his ability to take away those 'cheap' dump offs will allow that extra second to turn the hurries into sacks.

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I'm still not sold on the Shannahan offense, I think the only way our O gets better is if he blends what Ryan has been doing with what he wants to do. Our defense went from last to middle of the pack with minimal changes last year, we potentially have a top 10 unit on our hands. I wonder how much losing Solioi will hurt the run D.

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5 hours ago, Reggie_Kelly said:

Im not seeing how Jones is a MLB? I saw him a couple of times last year and he struggled a little vs the run.

Am I missing something here?

We have guys like Upshaw and Jarret who are good against the run and Jones is bulking up in preparation for MLB role. We need speed at MLB and that's what Jones provides... No more dump offs with PW tackling after the player has gained 5 yards. 

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