Originally Posted by Kentucky Jet
sometimes its better to have your head buried in sand then up your butt!
To base anything on the basis of one vanilla game is silly and a rush to judgement trying to look smart!
You see, KJ the problem here is that its not only about a "vanilla preseason game".
The regression and neglect of the offense has been a long time in coming, because Rex keeps proving that all he really cares about is the defense. He allowed Shotty (love him or hate him) full control, just as he's given Spranao total control. He has spent most of his tenure spending a great majority of his FA and draft capital improving the defense. With very little cap space to work with, everyone of the major FA's were on the defensive side.
Its very difficult to be a "ground and pound" offense without a TE who can block effectively and right now we don't have one.
We had an entire off season to try and fix out OL woes and nothing was done. Outside of Hill (who is a developmental player at best) the rest of the draft seemed to be devoted all to the defense.
Our starting running back is OK, but is limited as a receiver and gets dinged a lot.. In many respects he's our version of Green-Ellis. He will get what's there but little more. But is that the kind of RB you want as your "bell cow"? And as for the rest, they are but a wing and a prayer. McKnight averaged 3.1 ypc last season rushing against teams geared up for the pass. Last night's respectable performance (not great) against the Bengal scrubs doesn't erase that taste...for me at least. And Powell has show nothing so far.
And our WR situation isn't even as good as the RB situation. Our #1 WR had the 62nd best production in the league last season. There were 13 TE and 6 RB's who had more. Our #2 WR had less ten 50 catches in a 3 year college career and although he is a great physical prospect is he really someone you want to count on as your #2 WR. Then you have Kerley, who has a promising rookie campaign, but it was still less that 400 yds. And the rest isn't worth talking about. Do you really want to compare THAT group with Lloyd, Welker, Gronkowski and Hernandez? That's 4 guys who had more production that our most productive receiver. And there are several other receiver groups that are just as scary. We are a lot closer to having a receiver group as bad as the Dolphins than as good as the Pats.
I appreciate your optimism KJ, but for your vision to come true about a dozen factors have to pan out perfectly and there can't be any injuries. Those are simple not good odds, man
On the plus side, the Defense looks as potentially good as the offense looks bad, and they are going to have be 2000 Ravens good for us to have a chance at the playoffs. Given all the assets they've been given they should be good, and sadly that's all Rex seems to care about.