a few comments from me....
I don't feel we are thin at DB. We can roll 7 DB's out there with experience...most teams consistently play mostly 6. Barring 2-3 injuries, yes that will hurt, but that hurts almost every team. Our starting 5 is pretty talented...and the 2 backups have serious snaps on their resume. So for me the backend is a question of being on the same page as a unit, no blown assignments, and discipline in the scheme.
LB we will utilize 2 most times due to the 2WR sets...for me this means our depth again isn't an issue. If you look at Nealy, Marcodes, Davis hunt days if we need him, that is 2 deep of decent experience. Even in a base set of 3 LB we may get a little thinner but we have guys with 3 years in the program that should play ok. guys like hankins etc. I think if we have ANY issue at LB it is because we missed in recruiting, not because we are young, etc not numbers like we have on the DL and OL....
DL is a concern. Again. It feels like this is the 5th straight year of being not so good here, in numbers, experience, etc. We always have one guy that is good, maybe 2, but it takes 4. Really, honestly, under Paul this is the most tiring its been discussing how bad we have been at this position. We can make excuses, injuries, recruiting misses, but we are just flat out on empty here. I am seriously concerned here. Gotsis is really easy to run away from when the other 3 aren't that good. This issue may expose the secondary and LB. I actually think while we need to find a WDE, the biggest problem is at SDE. We can manufacture pressure, you don't need a MJ or Sneezy at WDE to be good up front. Just look at tenuta's scheme. We can do things to get pressure in the system, But you can't overcome a guy who can't set the edge at SDE....this for me is the biggest ? on the line. Green and Gotsis will be fine playing the 1 and 3tech....backups are a problem though.
OL is much like the DL...just always seems to be an issue. I just hope whoever our starting 5 is...they stay healthy and practice as a unit all spring. That is my only hope really. I like our options at C. I like the size, youth, talent at T and G. We just need to gel quick. Youth wont' be a problem if we stay healthy as a unit all offseason. I also hope Paul can ID his starting 5 quick and stick with it.
BB is what it is.
AB is what it is.
WR is what it is.