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NT and QB, then a couple others

If we have a good 2-gap NT, I think this defense could be pretty good. If we don't, I'm not sure what we do. Obvious adjustment is to make your NT a 1-gap player and drop an OLB to DE (i.e., play a 43), but I don't know that we have a legit edge rusher at OLB. Or you can make your NT a 1-gap player, and blitz from all over the place... but complexity can get you burned and it's only year 2 in system. Really challenging spot for the staff on defense.

Offense always lives and dies by the QB. We were so horrible at QB last year, we couldn't even run the hurry up! So there's nowhere to go but up.

If NT and QB aren't resolved at least somewhat favorably, this is a 3ish win kind of a year IMO.

The other things I'm looking for are...

Whether the staff actually uses our playmakers. Last year, it took weeks before Smoke was given the majority of carries. OZ was generally not involved in the gameplan at all. Frequently, the reward for making a reception was getting taken out of the game. The whole thing was bizarre. I don't think they understood who they had or how to use them. I have no idea if that will actually change.

How our OL does. If the QB is adequate the offense will be adequate. But if the offense has any shot at being good, the OL needs to really step up. Hard to feel in any way confident when the staff feels the need to take so many transfers.

(In response to this post by JR_Hoo)

Posted: 03/11/2017 at 09:20AM


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Depth Chart Highlights and Concerns -- JR_Hoo 03/10/2017 2:55PM
  Bowling? I'll be happy to win 5 games at this point ** -- BrevardHoo 03/13/2017 3:56PM
  But he started well, finished poorly... -- sasha 03/13/2017 10:27AM
  Doesn't matter...the backup will be better! ** -- BleedOrangeNBlu 03/13/2017 11:50AM
  A couple of names you left off -- TY-HOO 03/11/2017 8:44PM
  Also Bryce Hall at CB ** -- Karl Hess 03/12/2017 08:57AM
  Still looking for speed at WR ** -- 141lile 03/11/2017 2:05PM
  Re: Depth Chart Highlights and Concerns -- rocket 03/11/2017 09:57AM
  NT and QB, then a couple others -- 4thYear5th 03/11/2017 09:20AM
  Re: Depth Chart Highlights and Concerns -- HOOWIZ 03/11/2017 06:35AM
  Also remember we were close in several games -- JR_Hoo 03/11/2017 09:20AM
  Nice thoughts -- Aquarian81 03/10/2017 9:23PM
  Solid summary -- hoosnext 03/10/2017 5:33PM
  OL and Rbs are always connected. -- 141lile 03/11/2017 08:02AM
  Oh I think we'll be fine at OL -- Hoo23 03/11/2017 08:12AM
  There were a few games they were manhandled -- JR_Hoo 03/11/2017 10:34PM

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