Is anyone else here eager to see how he performs this off season? Ok, stupid question. You do have to give the guy credit simply for what he accomplished during the season filling our never ending list of injury holes. He wasnt perfect... but overall, a job well done. Looking back at what Casserly did to our franchise as a whole....simply getting rid of him alone is an improvement imo. I honestly think most of us here could have done a better job than him. He was a great salesman, and I bought it. I have though, been confused with whom was more responsible for our last draft. Take out the bush and VY equation please... and it was an outstanding one. I have to default it to Kubiaks presence. Back to Smith. Its a crucial offseason for us. He MUST come thru for this franchise. Again, due to his hard work that paid off this reg season, I have GREAT TRUST in him heading into the offseason. Now if I were Rick Smith. I think signing a top FA would set the tone for us this offseason. We have to eliminate as many holes as possible via starters BEFORE the draft. That said, of course there are many factors involved in landing a player...but a starting CB would be huge. I would then have no problem drafting a DE early in the draft. Pair two solid CBs, take the heat off a HEALTHY mario, anchored by pro bowler and possible defensive player of the year Demeco Ryans. THE HOUSE OF PAIN??? A tough tough D, with an offensive system past its rookie year. Thats a great situation with an offensive minded coach. I would use the rest of the picks on O, create depth and competition. Of course, many other factors... but that sounds like a decent blue print. Bottom line... thing are going to interesting. I think we NOW have the GM/Coach we need to take us to the next level. Kubiak is another thread... but he is our man. How bad do the names Dom and Charlie sound about now??? Rick Smith... Your up.