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Old 08-27-2004   #1
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I do think offense will improve, but I think if the Dline starters stay healthy, Dunte does even ok @ right c/b (FS Coleman should help him) and we get any kind of pressure from the linebackers, we can at least keep the game close. I look for a very interesting year.
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I think this is finally the year where our offense can look to the D and say "if you stop them we'll score."
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The defense is much improved.... playoffs are a definate possibility if we stay healthy.
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I worry about the health of the D-line. I'm probably just gun shy after last year. It seemed like after every play, there was a Texan lineman rolling around on the ground in pain. I often wondered if it had anything to do with our conditioning. I hope we stay healthy, but I really wonder if Walker can stay healthy. Groin injuries always concern me.
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The D line is Key.
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Somebody better fugure out how to bring pressure to the QB ASAP! QBs are just standing around and tearing us apart. I think it all starts from the NT position. Seth Payne just play that position differently from Deloach/Martin. He moves around creating more holes and confusion while Deloach and Martin just bullrush straight through the middle.
Exactly ! We for the most part have been void of a pass rush in all of our preseason games, whether our starters were in there or not. I seem to recall that rook Babin made one sack in the Cowboys game, but for the most part he's been handled rather easily by the opposition. Some point to Payne's return as a big boost, but it's a lot to hope that he's just gonna pick up where he left off last year in the NO game. Best case scenario is that he regains form by mid-season. And the Walker injury is troublsome.
We have talent, but we're very vulnerable because were so thin and inexperienced.
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Thanks for feed back! Seems we all agree that D line will be improved with Payne & Walker back & now Smith. There is a serious drop off with back ups & a high pick may be used in 2005 to address this. (Although Corey Bradford is a free agent after this season & we might go that way. I do like what I see in Derek Armstrong). 300+lb players are good but that's a lot of fajitas on ankles,knees, hamstrings etc. Having four opponents banging our 3 is also an issue but I do LOVE the 3-4.

What are your thoughts on Safety positions? I think Coleman will do well, but I see him GONE in 05 unless he negotiates a cut like Walker did. I'm unsure if McCree would be the answer even tho he is 27 and may improve. Draft picks like Glenn Earl & Jammal Lord are still question marks.
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What are your thoughts on Safety positions? I think Coleman will do well, but I see him GONE in 05 unless he negotiates a cut like Walker did.
Marcus us an UFA after this year so it isn't an issue of taking a cut, it is an issue of signing a contract that will probably be his last in the NFL that will reflect his value as a FS (hopefully a good one) vs. his value as a CB on the open market.
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