Let’s review now…
Same coaching staff, a few personnel changes…
On defence, line should be improved with Megna back and Gibson returning;
Linebackers solid with Buler, Strickland and Johson;
Secondary should be roughly comparable to last years, depending on who wins starting safety…but with Curry and Crutchfield on the corners and Durden and Malveaux at HB we look okay;
On offence, improved running game clearly; slotbacks still best in league with Vaughn replacing Copeland alongside Cavil and Cahoon. That leaves Girard and either MacDonald or one of the new rookies at wideout; no one heard of Thyron Anderson until Calvillo made him a 1,000 yard receiver so I think both Girard and the other wideout could have tremendous years facing only single coverage (and I doubt any corner in the league has the speed to consistently cover Girard) as the other defences focus inside on Cavil Cahoon and Vaughn.
So, that leaves what seems to be our annual weakness…NO RELIABLE BACKUP QB.
The backups we have had, and now have, may or may not be capable, but we never get to find out because they get no reps in practice with the first team and next to no real game experience; so when they get thrown in the deep end they have no experience to draw on. If Calvillo gets hurt this year, pray it’s early in the season and not in a crucial game late or playoff game.
All things considered, barring serious injuries to key players, I’ll say we’ll be 13-5.