1.The 4-3 defense.
3.The tight ends.
I was going to do a "what to watch for thread" myself, but I thought they were all so obvious that it would end up being redundant. Until I saw Chrs' column and realized that his stuff was a lot different than mine, and THEN I thought maybe it wouldn't be so redundant after all. First let me comment on Price's thoughts.
1. I think we will see less 4-3 this week, and analysts will have field day trying to read more into it than necessary. I'm starting to think that we will see more 4-3 THIS season, but not THAT much more.
2. He's the QB stupid, he's always going to be the story. But I agree with Chris that Brady doesn't make it to the 2nd quarter. 2 maybe 3 series at the most.
3. Sometimes I think it gets personal with reporters. Watson is hurt, so he becomes the story, or rather the currrent whipping boy. Moroney says thanks.
4. Galloway is a lock for the wide out opposite Moss, but there are 3 more weeks for him to develop a rhythm with Brady. Not much of a story IMHO.
5. If Welker plays, Edelman is nothing more than a STer, and back up player in the second half. If he doesn't, then he will rise to a whole new level of Binkyhood.
Now to my list.
1. I'll be watching the QB, but not so much Brady, as the numerous snaps I think KOC is going to get. The biggest thing for me with be pocket presence and confidence. It is interesting to note that Matt Cassel's season turned around when he became more comfortable in the pocket. When he took the extra second to avoid the rush while still looking for a receiver. Young guys often look to take off at the first sign that the pocket is breaking down. It shouldn't shock anyone if that's what he does. It took Cassel almost a half a season of full time play before he got comfortable. The second thing is the decision making process. Is he throwing to the open man. If he is, then I'm OK even if he's not accurate all the time. That's a mechanical thing and can be corrected. The ability of make the right decision, ON TIME is the critical skill.
2. Pierre Woods. You can't have read the BOR/PP diatribe on Woods last week and not want to see who is right. Unfortunately as we have seen in that debate, that different people can watch the same thing and have two different positions. I'll give my opinions afterward, without the benefit of DVR.
3. Ron Springs - He's practiced a few times this week, so I hope he'll get some run, at least enough to see if he will add something to this "new look" secondary. I have great hopes for him, especially around the GL.
4. Second OL - I am guessing that guys like Volmer, Orenburger, Wendell, Connelly, Bussey, etc will get a lot of work, and it will be great opportunity to see who will get those 3 or 4 back up jobs that are going to be available. A lot of guys, and VERY few spots.
5. Tedy Bruschi - Like I said, in the one practice I DID see him, early in camp, he looked quicker than I remember. I want to see if Tedy has something to offer.
Well those are my five main things, I think there are several others that can be mentiioned of course, and we will....after the game. Enjoy folks and pray for no injuries, at least any long term ones.