The team's LB corp is a stone away from being down to just Kuechly and scrubs. The team has no safety on the team that should be starting in the NFL, a bunch of backup CB's and nickel guys. A aging we don't know what were getting cause the wheels could fall off at anytime WR and then no one. (we've got a QB, a TE and 2 RB's who have the worst rush OL in the league to run behind)
The defense also has no NT (unless you count Kearse) and an aging DT in the other spot. (We've got DE's and a LB here)
So that's a QB, a TE, 2 DE's and a MLB, Can't count on smitty (He's my favorite player on the team) but each year he's slower and slower and drops more and more passes. As much as I like Kalil (one of the best Centers in the NFL) He's a pulling guy to be effective in the run game and with no one on the right side he isn't likely to be effective at that. The right side of the OL is horribly porous and suck's in Pass protection and is likely to get cam killed.
Can't count on TD and Beason, no telling if they can stay healthy. Team hit the lotto once with Davis, not sure it can happen again. (Hope it does though) The last few years Beason seems to get injured from tackling..lol
What part of that sounds like playoff's? This team even with added players from the draft is relying on players to fill key roles that are just as likely to get injured as they are to make a tackle.
What part of that sounds like a fan? If that was my outlook, I'd just quit.
Blackburn was signed for insurance on Beason and TD. Bell was a lot better last year than he was as a rookie and hopefully he'll take another step forward this year. I don't expect that our RG is on the roster yet. We had a lot of no name CBs that stepped up and played solid football for us last year.
The offseason isn't over yet. I think there's at least three starters that aren't on the roster yet or who come out of nowhere on the roster to claim a starting spot.
I mean, damn man, if you can't be optimistic in the offseason, then I don't know what to tell you. Everyone is 0-0 right now and trying to improve. No one should be writing their team off right now.