Originally Posted by 5Stars
I am not some pump shine kind of person, but after listening to all the new coaches, I'm getting a different sense about this team going forward.
It's like listening to the coaches become a team. The personalities of all of them...some of you saw them.
And, all of them mentioned the head coach.
Something is coming up for us fans.
I have the same feeling.
We are on the cusp. Even with the MASH unit we had on defense last season, the abysmal running game, and Dez not turning it on until the 2nd half of the season, we were still in it until the final game of the season.
Our offensive line will improve. How much it improves is still up in the air, but it will be better. It certainly couldn't get any worse.
We were also tied for last in the NFL in interceptions. Chicago literally had 2x as many takeaways as we did last season. Turnovers are a major determining factor in victories. So what'd we do? We go get the defensive coordinator who has a history of putting a defense on the field that produces turnovers. How many more wins would 40 takeaways have garnered us last season? We certainly would have made the playoffs. I'm not saying we'll immediately go from last to first in takeaways, but even "league average" would be a vast improvement and at the very least 1-2 more wins.
As much as I liked what Rob did with the defense last season, he is no Kiffen or Marinelli. That's a point that can't be disputed by even Rob's biggest fan. We also have young coaches in place that have impressed Kiffen enough to keep their jobs, allowing continuity when Kiffen retires in the future and if Marinelli follows Lovie to another destination. The scheme will stay with promising young future coaches.
Our drafts have also been relatively productive recently. I don't really judge a draft over the first 1-2 years for obvious reasons but we have drafted some immediate contributors and we have some talented, young players in place. I fully expect this trend to continue and believe some players from the last 1-2 drafts, that fans wrote off previously, will surprise this season coming into training camp.
I guess I can be considered an optimist, but I'm confident that we'll be improved across the board, except maybe DE if Spencer walks but I'm confident in Kiffen and Marinelli that the damage from his departure will be minimized. Barring injury to Romo, I have a calm sense of confidence that this team is going to win the division next season and make the playoffs, where anything is possible.
But then again, maybe I'm just a homer.