i think so. i think the offensive line will be markedly improved along with the offense as a whole, and even though we still won't be a particularly strong team i don't see the falcons, saints, or bucs really doing much more than 9-7. if we can beat that mark i think we take the division.
remember too that a huge part of the decision here factors in our cap situation, where we're currently paying massive numbers at the defensive end position. with cam and keuchly on the docket for contracts hardy simply becomes a victim of numbers… to which extent we can honestly blame hurney's decadence for hardy's departure as much as anything.
it's not just speed, it's the tracks. big markets like texas and vegas and california have taken over with 1.5 mile boring-ass cookie cutter tracks that don't offer particularly good racing at the expense of venues like darlington and obviously rockingham, and the racing is subpar as a result.
i also think matt kenseth and jimmie johnson killed the sport. kenseth won the champion ship by a huge margin in like 2003, and then nascar freaked and added a playoff system, and then jimmie johnson went and won 6 championships and everybody stopped giving a poo because jimmie johnson is bland, and now they're further struggling to make the sport relevant to a wider market on the even of gordon's retirement. ratings are going to plunge at the end of this year when he hangs it up.
it's a shame, i used to be a huge fan of racing back in the day.