Originally Posted by KontradictioN
Your offense is good and we all know what your defense can do. However, if there is one quarterback in the entire league that can tear up a Dick LeBeau defense, it's Brady. And you guys know damn well what our offense can do. Now keep in mind that, for the first time in a few years, Belichick has a good mix of youth/speed and veteran leadership on this defense. I'm not saying our defense is going to be number one but they have the potential to be pretty damn good. I wouldn't call it a 3 touchdown blowout like someone else did but I do think that we can hang 30-34 on the Steelers and still keep Big Ben and that offense around 20-21, if even that.
I would like to see the game, we'll see what happens. I like to think that returning 9 starters on defense, upgrading our Special teams with our Punter back and a new Punt Return man, and Kick off Return man, and our Offense having 3 healthy backs instead of 1 journeyman 3rd down back to carry the load should be enough to open up our Passing game even more. The Loss of washington is being washed out with the pick up of McDonald for a slot guy, Sweed as the tall receiver (when he doesn't drop the ball) and Wallace, the rookie 3rd round pick out of Ole Miss with the blazing speed.
Secondary wise, Troy and Clark run the backfield, Ike Taylor is a good corner, not shut down and has stone hands, but he's good, and we'll see if Gay can perform up to the standard of McFadden, also we have Deshea Townsend (if he makes the final cut) as our veteran back up and nickle back who can play corner or safety in a pinch. I don't even have to mention the linebackers or downline men.
The oline just had Stapleton put on the IR but that might be a good thing. It should actually be a better unit this year with a year and entire off season of working together instead of the hodge podge we went into last season with when we still had Mahan fighting for the Center position and what not. I Hope they improve. Its the only real question mark.
I have all the confidence in this team that I had last year. Our Schedule isn't as brutal this season, hopefully, they stay focussed each week and don't do something brain dead like lose to teams they should beat like they did 2 years ago with the Cardinals and Jets losses. We Start with the Titans. Its a big test, but honestly, I think the Titans will suffer a dose of reality this season and be a just over .500 team. They have a tougher schedule themselves this year so we'll see what happens when they start 0-1 after we stomp their faces into the mud next thursday night for our home opener. The Terrible Towel Curse is in effect for them. Doomed just like the Bengals from 05.