Those first three games were so ridiculous!! No adjustments, and McOne-Hopper throwing turds in the dirt certainly didn't help out our D at all! (Who were pitching 3 half-time shut-outs in a row!)
Originally Posted by Marrdro
The Bengals are a pretty good comparison, but still apples to oranges. One the one hand, yes we both had continuation of defensive scheme and the personel to run it...until we lost our best 2 CBs for the year. And, didn't have a safety to speak of to start it.
But, perhaps more importantly, the Bengals OL was 4th best in the league, allowing only 25 sacks all season, while, the Vikes tied for 5th WORST with nearly double that at 49. And while neither of our recieving crews were fully stocked, they at least had 2 guys with enough speed to beat people deep, while we only had 57% of one in Percy!!
We addressed the secondary by drafting 2 Safeties, a CB and signing 2 more FA CBs. We also made a huge investment in our OL with Kalil, and added Simpson and a couple of guys with good potential to our recieving core. Add in a whole year of practice and experience for our QB(s), and I think things are moving in the right direction.
How far in that direction remains to be seen, I'm thinking 6 wins is likely enough to keep Frazier, and we might even hit 8 with a bit of luck and fewer, more spread out injuries.
One key for me is progress on OL and with Ponder/Webb. We've got a lot of youth in those spots that need coaching up, and if we don't see improvement, I think Musgrove and Co. can pack their bags whatever our record turns out to be.
I just don't think we know booh about Ponder yet, he's only played a half of a season, and without much help around him. Even Peyton Manning was 3-13 to start, and then went on to win his division for ten years in a row!! I just want to see progress...IF not, like I said before, Fire the whole fricken mess and start over!
Control the line, control the time, and give your D a chance to shine!!
"Balance it on end and thats the third side of the coin!!" -wookiefoot