When interviewed at half time of yesterday's game, Coach Bellefeuille said that he planned to make not much more than 3 changes on each side of the ball for next season. He was referring to first string players because he followed up his statement with "and some others", I presume, meaning backups, assistant coaches, etc.
In terms of first stringers, it is my fervent hope that our training camp staff bring in as many linemen as possible, because this team is in desperate need of defensive ends who can rush (sack) opposing QBs, guards who can pull, tackles who can actually block and tackle and new, highly efficient coaching.
The time for getting busy is immediately, even though the team can't do much in terms of recruitment right now, Obie and company need to make up lists of every possible player this team would like to pursue, determine if these particular players are affordable, determine if any of our current players aren't worth the money they're receiving, determine how many of our current coaching and front office staff are replaceable, then with these goals in mind, be ready either now or later, as appropriate, to do some serious business in making this team significantly better. This should be done with some round table discussions (input) incorporating people in the know at the top of our management personnel with Obie and Coach Bellefeuille making final decisions on playing personnel and keeping in mind, the salary cap.
I can understand why the team doesn't want to make wholesale changes across the board as they did in the past couple of seasons, but I would say dump some high salaries for quality personnel elsewhere.
I think that by now, management and the fans understand very clearly who the keepers are and who is expendable.