I think some new negative patterns have emerged that are probably attributed to the loss of many free agents this year.
Losing Grant and Sinkfield has hurt on offense. Those guys offered more height and speed than what we currently have. With the exception of Toliver, we seem to be overloaded with the 8-12 yard possession type receivers. There is not enough of a credible deep threat.
On defense the loss of Eric Harris and Tank Reed is apparent. Those guys knew how to wrap up and prevented a lot of 5 yard catches or runs from turning into 1st downs. Keeping Rico Murray at Linebacker has weakened our secondary. He is a beast and needs to be playing at HB covering the opponents best receivers. Even if they complete a pass underneath that receiver is not getting by Murray. Also if we could get Johnny Sears back it would help the overall picture but the guy can't stay healthy.
Special teams is really poor this year. Sloppy tackling and missed assignments. Reinebold better get this in order.
Finally, I don't think Zach is where he was last year before the injury. He seems like he is hurrying his throws more and trying to force them into tight coverage. In the process he's missing wide open receivers. I think it's a combination of things. First of all the pocket collapses in a second or two with the weak O-Line. Also he seemed to have a very good rapport with OC Tommy Condell and something seems to be missing this year. I also think Zach is playing different because he's in preservation mode. He is definitely not as mobile as he was previously and more reluctant to run. Previously on 2nd and 7 he would scamper for a 1st down whereas now it could result in an incomplete pass.
Basically I think with the turnover this last off-season, what Austin has here is a mini-rebuild. Last year we were like a machine. This year some of the replacement parts haven't quite worked out.