Winning those games late last year may not have helped our draft slot, but showed the team did not quit on Frazier despite of how all the injuries and losses piled up. I think we've got a real good fit here, work ethic wise, going from Frazier to Zimmer, and backed up with the personality of our star player, Peterson. His determination and will to work, despite his incredible natural gifts, is a terrific personality for our team to emulate, and something most of these vets have been soaking up for years.
Originally Posted by Ranger
Part of last year's defensive collapse was injuries and another part was turnovers by the offense...I'm not saying they're great, but definitely better than their season totals indicate. With a new (assuming improved) scheme and a bit of luck on the health side, this defense just might be quite good, as in top ten or better year 1.
I think your estimate is about right. New schemes also helps in that there isn't any tape on how they like to play yet, and like our 10-6 team of a year past, we'll have good enough special teams + defense + running game to keep most games close and even pull out a couple of Ws that nobody sees coming, kinda like when we took it to the 49ers week 3 of 2012.
Control the line, control the time, and give your D a chance to shine!!
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