So the superbowl is over, and now I am primed for the offseason. FAs and rookies are in abundance, but first I want to evaluate where we are at now.
We still need a DC. That much is obvious. Our offense is fine where its at now.
This whole thing of Palmer vs. Campbell, who should be our starting QB.... just stop. Listen, I know that the INTs are what scare people about Palmer, and thats the main reason why we should start Campbell. But in where our offense is going to, Campbell is not the right guy for it. We are running a vertical, attacking style offense. Campbell can't throw accurately beyond 20-30 yards. He would be fine in an offense similar to the pats, but not the Raiders. Besides, with an offseason who knows how good Palmer will be next year. As of now, I will start Palmer with the potential he has in our offense. If he is better than last year, than I see some great things.
Trade Mcfadden? What?! Why the hell would trade this guy. Yeah, he hardly played last season. But that is no way for people to get discouraged about the guy. Next year, he should be healthier since he didn't see the field for most of the games last season, and most importantly, he is a tremendous weapon. If Bush has to go, fine. We have Taiwan Jones in the wings. But McFadden is the playmaker Bush can NEVER be. McFadden adds another dimension to out offense, and he just makes it 10x deadlier.
Now that those questions are out of the way, how about our defense? Dennis Allen mentioned that we'll be a 3-4, 4-3 hybrid. I like that a lot. We'll get Matt Shaugnessy back, which will be huge for our overall DL. When he is back, I see a huge upgrade for next year. I like our rotation in the middle. I think Houston will be fine next year, probably better than last year with an offseason to help him out more as well. In our LB unit, we need improvement.McClain was bad last season. There is no question. I expect him to be better next season though. WImbley should play DE. I like him, but he is a pass rusher. We need another OLB to help contain the edge. If McClain is sucking this season, then we also need another MLB. CUrry is alright. Just wish he got better vs. the pass.Our secondary? SHould be fine. All we need is a FS. I think DVD and Chekwa will be huge additions next seasons. They are young and talented. Even Chekwa can play FS maybe. But we NEED to get turnovers on defense. That is the main key there.
And that's my opinion on the team, and what we have to do next year. Most problems are on the defensive side. We need to look at DE, DT, MLB, OLB, FS, CB. If anything for depth, or for starting. I'll be looking at rookies, and some rookies we'll get based on who there is in free agency. I'll try and get out as much as I can with school in the way.