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I wouldn't expect this offseason to be as sexy as the last one. We'll need to find a left tackle, guard, and possibly another center. I expect we'll draft a quarterback sometime on the first day of the draft, although Jake Delhomme will likely have atleast one more season as the starter. DeShaun Foster should be dealt, we need to find a talented power runningback to compliment DeAngelo Williams and help resuscitate our third-down offense. Keary Colbert should be released or traded, we can look to the draft to find another wide receiver who could also return punts. Ryne Robinson out of Miami (OH) has caught my eye, he is the same type of receiver as Steve Smith and is explosive on special teams. I also think we should look to free agency to find a tight end that can catch the football on a consistent basis. We don't need a playmaker, we need a steady safety valve like Daniel Graham from the New England Patriots.
Our struggles on defense are well-documented. The secondary needs to be addressed, a new starter at safety is needed and talented depth at cornerback is needed. I don't view the linebackers as as much of a problem, but some young depth would be nice.
At this point, Rodney Peete may be an upgrade over what we'll get out of either Chris Weinke or Jake Delhomme. If we commit to his development, JaMarcus Russell may be our future. Unless we completely re-vamp our offensive line, we'll need a quarterback with the ability to scramble effectively.
One positive from this entire dibacle was the fact that the announcers singled-out Dan Henning, which is what I think needed to happen for any change to happen.
What did they say? I missed some of the game.
Early on, they showed Henning and mentioned that he was under fire the past few weeks. After the first or second drive, when we ran the ball on third-and-long, Aikman called out Henning and said that this is why Panthers' fans wanted a change.
Yea, we have terrible fans. There's some dedicated guys of course like for every team but for the most part BoA is filled with the wine and cheese crowd thanks to PSLs. When the season is in the gutter that crowd sells off their tickets to opposing teams' fans
This team really isnt as bad as it looks though. Injuries and bad luck have played a large role in ****ing us over much more than bad play has (though bad play certainly hasnt helped either). I know injuries come every year with us so maybe its time to stop blaming that, or get a new medical staff, but it just seems like there's always about 10 games a season with us where the game could go either way. And every year, about 8 of them end up as the same result. This year, they've all been losses. Just off the top of my head, Minnesota, Cincinatti, Skins and Eagles. Even yesterday the Giants fumbled like 4 times and we didnt recover a single god damn one. The Giants got that 4th and 10 play and the quick scoring drive before the end of the 1st half which are kind of fluky. Even though I distinctly remember getting outplayed, that game was a lot closer than the final score. I remember outplaying Cincinatti as badly as the Giants outplayed us and we somehow lost that, so its not like it doesnt ever happen
All I'm saying is next year probably wont be that bad. We've had on/off years under Fox since he got here. Don't blow up the team just yet, we've probably got a couple more SB runs in us with this nucleus. Do we need help at Safety, LB and Oline? Yea, but we knew that coming into the season anyway. Delhomme has been awful this season but do you know how long it took to find a QB as good as him? From the conception of this franchise until he took over, with Beuerlein being the only guy ever coming close. Another rookie (even a high pick) or competition is fine, but I've seen smart people on other boards suggest cutting Delhomme outright and getting Leftwich, which makes absolutely no sense to me. Like we need anymore injury prone starters
And for what its worth, the season isnt over yet. Granted, it's damn close since we lose every tiebreaker imaginable and this team is going downhill fast but we still had a chance in Week 16 after starting 1-7 a couple years ago...
I still dont mind losing out if it means coaching changes. Fox gets a reprieve, the assistants dont