He said he is impressed the the quickness of Luke and TD. He talked some about helping the younger guys. He eluded to incident with Smitty and understands the fans may have some animosity towards him but all the players gave him a warm reception except TD who gave him a eat poop look. He said he spoke with TD and all is good.
Says he wants to prove he has something left in the tank.
Simple question, position by position are we better or worse?
QB Newton -> Newton = Push (probably better with exp and healthy ankle)
RB Williams-> Williams= Push
FB Tolbert-> Tolbert= Push
WR Smith-> Benjamin= Better
WR Lafell-> Cotchery= Better
WR Ginn-> Avant = Worse
TE Olsen-> Olsen= Push
TE Hartstock-> Dickson= Better
LT Gross-> Bell = Worse
LG Wharton-> Silatolu= Better
C Kalil-> Kalil= Push
RG Chandler/Scott/Williams-> Turner= Better
RT Bell-> Chandler= Push
DE Johnson-> Johnson = Push (but hopefully he doesn't get leg whipped this year)
DE Hardy-> Hardy= Push
DT Star-> Star = Better (2nd year)
DT Edwards-> Short = Better (2nd year)
WLB Blackburn-> Blackburn/Klein = Push
SLB Davis-> Davis= Push
MLB Kuechly->Kuechly= Better (with xp)
CB White-> Melvin White= Push
CB Munnerlyn-> Godfrey= Push
CB Florence/Thomas/Norman-> Cason= Push, to be honest I am not familiar with Cason
SS Mikell/Lester-> Harper= Worse
FS Mitchell-> Decoud= Hard to say, I'm going push
It's May. Many things will change before week 1 but in my mind we got better in 5 spots and worse in 2 on offense.
I see three betters on D and only one clear worse.
So all this fuss over being a worse team is over 2 or 3 guys. It doesn't add up.
I know some of you are going to rip Silatolu and quote profootballfocus rating Wharton high. The truth is our offense was severely hampered by Wharton at the end of last season. He was so old and slow we couldn't pull him nearly as frequently as we did early in the season. We did a bunch of zone blocking because it was easier for our beat up line. Wharton might have graded well, but the degree of difficulty was very low.