the offense sucked, above all, b/c of sanchez, rex wanting greene as the featured back rather than use faster rbs, and allow inept OCs to run offenses that didn't play to sanchez's strengths. mostly falls on rex.
I don't think anyone can possibly disagree with that. It seems like 2/3 of those things are in place, so hopefully it's a step in the right direction. Not to funnel blame away from Rex, but I think had their been stronger and more responsible management in place, they would have aided him tremendously in his development. I don't think it's any coincidence that great coaches typically have great Owners and or GMs. I think most Rex has done a well with the **** hand he'd been dealt up to this season.
Rex has managed to put together an elite defense just about every year with marginal talent. Aside from Revis (and maybe Cro) this defense hasn't had much talent on the DL/LB/S spot since he got here. Finally, the likes of Mo and Coples are emerging. But I have faith that Rex can turn guys like Barnes/Harris/Davis/Mcintyre/Random rookie into a decent group of LBers. The DL is pretty solid already. And we played most of last year with Cro/Kyle at the CB.
The main weakness now is at safety, but he has managed to "make it work" with the likes of Leonard/E. Smith for the last few years, so i'm sure he can make it work with Allen/Bush/????
Of course, our offense will still be a glaring weakness, but all hope is not lost heading into this season. At least not for me.
I disagree. Pass rusher has been and still is the main weakness of this defense. It is the most important position on Def IMO. We know we can stop the run and cover. But we need to get immediate pressure without having to resort to the blitz on passing downs.
I think that will be our priority this draft and I think we need to sign another OLB in FA (Dumervil or Butler please!)
Some fans would rather build wonderful 9-7 teams every year rather then swallow some tough medication and rebuild.
What guarentee does a really bad year give us?! What if we end up with the 3rd pick and the one QB we want and is the real deal is gone?! What if we end up like the Lions, Browns etc. who have been horrible for years?!