To open up a brand new "Positive Thread" of sorts, I'm gonna be negative.
The Season is probably over and we are playing for a top 15 pick. But if you look at it all, we aren't sucking cause we don't have the talent. Ozzie and Harbaugh are not the problem. Do they get some of the blame? Yes, but they are not the problem. Same goes for Flacco, who played like crap in the first half.
You want to know why we really suck? There's three reasons we suck.
1. Lack of experience
Gino. Had little experience before this season
Doss, Tomphson, Brown. Had little to no in game experience when it came to playing.
Monroe. Has little experience with the team.
The rookies. Not too much experience.
We lost Birk, Ray Lewis, Reed, Boldin to FA.
I've thought long and hard about Gino. I'm gonna wait till next season to decide if he's truly a liability. He's young, he gets a pass FOR NOW.
Doss screwed up big time today, but he looked solid on otherplays
Tomphson looked good.
Brown looks like he's gonna be a contributor for years to come.
Monroe played okay today.
We have a lot of youth on the team now. These guys were thrown into the fire, and some of them are playing... Well young.
I'm not too mad about this. Gino should get better moving forward.
Have all been injured at some point this season. That's 3/5 of the oline, and we were without a starter. KO hasn't been playing like a superstar, but we missed him tonight. He's >>>>>>> Shiply.
Yanda doesn't look like himself, and I would be ok with letting Oher go....
Rice doesn't look like himself either.
3. There is some blame to be had on the coaching staff.
Castillo and Pees need to go. The D can't keep blowing leads like that, and our Oline, for how much talent is there, is PATHETIC.
So how do we solve these pressing issues?
1. Fire pees
2. Fire Castillo
3. Hire a new oc and get Caldwell to be QB coach again.
4. GET HEALTHY
5. Get experience
6. Draft a playmaker
7. Draft a CB
Reality is, that we are a TALENTED team. There is No refuting that whatsoever.
It's also important to realize that we have only 2 major needs position wise.
Flacco needs another weapon.
And Corey Graham flat out SUCKS. We need another CB.
The good thing is, even if we fail to make the playoffs this season, our guys get valuable NFL experience.
That's not a bad thing at all, but it still sucks to lose.
At this point, it looks like we will have a top 15 pick.
We'll have at least 7 picks. With not too many needs positional wise to go with it(Weapon, CB, maybe FS, maybe RT).
1. Pitta is hurt.
2. Brown, Doss, and Tomphson have played well, but we don't have a legit GAME CHANGER next to Torrey Smith.
And anyone who thinks Harbaugh and Ozzie are the problem... No. Just no.
Ozzie has actually provided talent. Harbaugh, as much as I hate to hear the guy at his press conferences, did get us to a SB, and got us 5 winning seasons in a row. He's highly regarded by his peers. He's not succeeding this season, but he's not the problem.
CB. Graham sucks, and Webb playing hurt.
So what are we in. A situation where there is talent present and we aren't winning? It's called
Mark my words, we will be a good team next year. By next year, Ozzie will make it top priority to get another playmaker for Joe, and get more help on the defense. We will have probably fired Pees, and Castillo is rumored to be gone after this season. Our young guys will have more experience, and we will still have a nice corp of the team that have been to the SB before, and know how to get there.
We might lose Smith, Art, Jacoby, in FA, but all three of those guys are actually replaceable.
Ngata could move back to end and Williams to NT.
Return men can be found anywhere. He was good, and charismatic but Jacoby is replaceable.
Smith? We can find another MLB in the draft. I like Arthur Brown.
Ozzie has set this team up for the future. By next year, we should be healthy again with an improved oline, probably new weapons, and a new DC.
Going forward we are not in bad shape.
The team will probably continue to struggle through this because of the lack of experience and the injuries and whatnot, and it's gonna be bad. But SUCK IT UP.
It's a game. Get over it.