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Old 06-17-2004   #10
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I view this year as our last year in our "expansion build". We will have 35% of our defense either rookies or new starters at new positions so we will struggle at times early.

Defensively my "keys" to this season are Babins and Robinson playing like first round picks and becoming two more core players to go along with Sharper, Glenn, Walker, Payne, R Smith and Coleman.

Offensively you can look at how we put together our offense and look at the Browns offense, and it is easy to appreciate Casserly investing so much time and energy on the line. The Browns were born only a couple of years earlier than us and they still have giant question marks in their line and football is won and lost in the trenches. They have never really ever given their skill players a chance. They were so caught up in drafting a Running back, QB and WR's early in their first drafts that they did not give any of them a chance to develop behind good blocking. Sure they won a few games but we are miles ahead of them in the trenches. We didn't spend a ton of early picks on the line either but we spent lots of money on guys like Weigert, Wade, and McKinney to give us a shot. The Browns went with lesser players because they were spending their money on over-priced linebackers.

Having a healthy offensive line that learns our new scheme, and starts to gel over the 16 game season is our offensive key. I'm not worried about our skill players. Anyone 'expecting' wins is foolhardy. We are still a lesser staffed NFL team with players at new positions at far too many places to 'expect' wins over NFL teams. Stay healthy guys.
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