Now that this grueling pre-season is over, and we can start playing the games that really matter, I want to see just how much we have accomplished, and what questions still remain unanswered at this point.
Runing Game: We really did not see enough of RW to determine if it will happen, but there were signs, here and there, that it will be improved.
OL play: This is one of, if not the biggest concern on the team, still, at this late point in the pre-season. Not so much for the talent, but for the continued prescence of the injury bug. We just can not stay healthy on the OL. Brent Smith, now Searcy, plus little nagging ailments to most of the other guys on the line, have held this unit back from gelling together, and getting that very-impotant cohiesiveness that an OL desperately needs to play as a unit, and not 5 different guys doing their own things.
Pass Defense: It has been good, but the big plays have crept up on us the last couple games. The biggest concern, obviously, is the nickel corner, where Jamar Fletcher continues to struggle, despite the spin that Wanny will try and put on it. Like many others, I defintely see us bringing in at least one Vet-CB this week, after cut-down day, to see if there is any help out there. I still would love to see Al Harris in a fins uni.
There are other areas that should be watched, as well, but I feel that we are in good shape, but can not afford any more set-backs on the OL. This has got to be the number one priority of Wannspeil, to get this unit into gear. That said, I don't know how you plan against injury. You just have to be lucky. In this day and age on the cap-strapped NFL, you can't just stockpile players, and hide them away, until emergency.
That said, I like our chances. I say 11-5. From there on, who knows?