If we were in the NFC, I would still have hope for a wildcard. There might even be a 7-9 division winner this year! eek:
Unfortunately, the AFC is the much better conference right now, and it might even take a 10-6 record to secure a wildcard over here.
But I never really believed they were a playoff team this year, even at 5-4. It's not about being down on the team, it's just a realistic understanding that this is still a building year.
As far as zone blocking, the problem is that you need the right personel to run it correctly. You need smaller, faster, and quicker linemen with this scheme. The talent we have seems more geared towards man blocking, IMO. We'll see next year, because they won't have any excuses with zone blocking in it's second year of implementation.
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