People are throwing around a lot of opinions in reference to Shula, Cam, Chico, Derm and Keek (Clark Kent in a near 100 percent angelic terms). Depending on who you listen to, from extreme perspectives, you'd think that there are holes on both sides of the ball that should make all of us think like this:
It's difficult to gauge, but I'm erring on the side of optimism because I see enough pieces on both sides of the ball---err all sides of the ball, even special teams with the additions acquired through free agency and the draft---to give us a realistic shot at the postseason party in 2014, notwithstanding a tough schedule. I mean, yeah we are perhaps missing that playmaker at wide-out that would go a long way towards balancing the offense; and, we may not have the depth on the O-line that we would like to see; and lastly, our defensive backfield may be full of question marks filled with some potential; but, the playoffs aren't out of the scope of reality.
Statistically we weren't horrible overall with our offense and defense ranking 12th and 10th, respectively. But, in real terms, we blew a lot of games both offensively and defensively last season. Of course I would be remiss to neglect to mention that Rivera, Chud and company were arguably at the middle of multiple losses. But, being that Chud is gone and a more conservative and fundamental Shula is taking the helm at the offensive side of the rock, and Derm and an underappreciated defensive mind in Chico have some serious toys to play with on the defensive side of the rock, which unit will rank higher by the end of the season? Which one will make up more ground?
Oh, yeah, does anyone think that either unit will retrogress (even ST)?