Okay, lets seriously look at this team:
Defense – they played horrid at the start of the season. They had a new (well replacement) DC, who was implementing new strategy…zone, which takes time. They have played better every game, and look fairly good now.
Defensive line – yeah, there are issues, but they have improved, which has shocked me. Getting Hawkins back will help. I was disappointed the DL was not beefed up in the off-season, but it is leaps and bounds better than week 1, and has been getting pretty good pressure, especially against BC.
Secondary – it has looked pretty good. They are giving up passes underneath in a bend don’t break strategy, but overall look solid, especially with the return of Patrick. Tristan Jackson has also melded extremely well into the D…nice pickup!
Linebackers – not much to complain about here. We have lost some depth, but the starting core is still top notch.
Special teams – Eddie has been amazing, and ST looks improved. We have not had them make a game changer, but they also have not really cost us like last season. A big improvement over last year IMO, and it will likely only get better with a first year ST coach.
Defensive Coordination – There were lots of people up and down Hall to start the season, but the D has stepped up. I think that a vote would show most people are okay with the D.
Offense – The O has been ineffective, clearly. They played great in one half of one game (and won). We need over 26 points to win a game…we have done that 2 of 6 games and won one of those.
Offensive Line – Seems to be playing much much better than last season. DD has time for the most part. They look pretty good.
Running Backs – Cates is injured, but others have stepped up nicely. They seem to be underutilized in favor of standing in shotgun and throwing deep.
Receivers – we walked into this season missing Andy. The plan was to use Koch more…he got hurt prior to regular season. JC seems to be under utilized. Sisco has been invisible. Nunn apparently practices well, but does not seem to fit in thus far. Wheeleright looks good on this team, but got hurt preseason. Baggs is out, likely for the season. Geztlaf drops 2 a game, and needs to be benched for a couple games, much like Andy was a few seasons back, but we don’t have anyone to fill that void until somebody gets off the 9 game. Dressler looks great, but can not do it alone.
QB – DD had a rough start with 6 INT early, but in fairness, 4 of those were touched by his receiver first, so in my eyes he is responsible for 2. The receivers are not helping him with 4+ drops a game! He is becoming a pocket passer, and needs to run 6 times a game, and roll out more often.
Offensive Co-ordination – this, in my eyes, is the issue. The long ball is not working. It is a boom or bust offense that when clicking is tough to beat, but the league knows what is coming next. We as fans can predict 80% of the plays or better, how much is being anticipated by DC who study this stuff for a living. There are moments of brilliance, but at the end of the day the play calling is providing a lackluster offensive scheme that is leaving tight coverage. They played well in Montreal in the first half…why not run that play package more…a mobile DD, passes underneath, deep passes when they bite…play what they give you, not what you want!
Head Coach – There have been a few things I have question with Marshall, but I honestly believe he gets a passing grade. Now, if the offense does not get going he has to go, because it is his team. If I am in his shoes I punt Berry to save my own job.