Exactly what the title says. With the excitement of a new offense to be installed, seeing Marlon Brown's potential and obviously attempting to fix the offense this off season, what do you think will happen next season?
Yes, I know, the current one isn't done, but I'm sick of seeing the same articles and all we have til then is the SB, draft talk and a bunch of outside speculation. Why not let it at least be us who's making the assumptions than analysts who ignore our team or plain just don't give us credit most the time?
I'm going to say defense finishes in the top 5. Sans the 4th quarter collapses, look at how well they played. I honestly think had the offense done even an average job at moving the ball and scoring, that would've made the defense look much better. I can see Webb improving with a year under his belt on the knee(see the 2011 season when he was fully healthy from the first ACL) and Jimmy continuing to get better. I think regardless of if Graham stays or goes, that Asa will come in and by the bye week, be playing solid football. I see Suggs(being extended) staying healthy and the pass rush being more fierce than last season. My wild card will be Ngata. If he can regain form that opens things up for guys like Brandon Williams and Deangelo Tyson. KLM was considered to be a really good d lineman until the injury as well. If Ngata can get back, that will the d line some flexibility if Art leaves. I hated missing out on the post season, but honestly, this time off might be really good for the older guys on the team who have been constantly playing deep into the season. For 5 years straight, they never came home before the divisional round. The extra rest could really help guys out.
Offense will finish top 11 in scoring. On offense, I think Yanda is back to his normal self having a full off season(had the shoulder surgery). With the shoulder problem, I doubt he was ever actually playing at full strength due to the time missed working out in the off season. I know how back injuries can linger, but since KO is young, I think he can make a full recovery and he has said he's changed how he works out to adapt. The only parts that need to be addressed on the line are C and RT, and I think C might not be that big a deal if they just allow Flacco to handle more of the line responsibility. I think Kubiak and Dennison will have a major impact on the play of the o line through play calling and coaching. If I was the team, I'd make a move for a veteran C through FA and use the early picks on offensive playmakers to groom with Joe.