[quote=steelcityrules!!]you make some more realistic points, but i think our draft the last two years will produce some real solid players on special teams. humpal, davis, mundy from this season alone will be contributors, and the true depth of our WR corps will show on special teams as well.Originally Posted by "Mr Smartmonies":24tlisvt
on the O-line, i really think this needs to be a wait and see deal. we have some 05 and 06 draft picks that just might surprise us, and while faneca was def. compensating for worthless in the middle, he still wasn't the best pass-blocker to ever play for the black and gold. faneca was a pulling and destroying beast, and he complimented the bettis era like no other, but those days are over and we don't have his inflated contract anymore.
schedule on paper sucks, no doubt.
D-line depth is def. issue, but i think we can plug in some more 4-3 than normal and use guys like davis on the outside. we also might have polished up mcbean to serviceable by now, who knows.
bottom line is the staff has the first year jitters over and done with, and has loaded the offense with talent. i think we can win 11 games and make a serious push in the playoffs.[/quote:24tlisvt]
here are some interesting grades from last year defensively.
WHEN RUSHING 3 = #5 BEST (11% of the time they rushed 3)
WHEN RUSHING 4 = #32 (41% of the time they rushed 4 )
WHEN RUSHING 5 = #2 (40% of the time they rushed 5)
WHEN RUSHING 6 = #20 (7% of the time they rushed 6 , 1% they rushed 7)