Some random thoughts on the season and the future after last nights game, be interested to hear what you guys think as we once again seem to be at a crossroads with the Vikings. If we do some of the things below, I really think we can be a 10-11 win team again and turn it around quickly.
1. The coaching staff needs to go, but I would give Spielman one more shot. He has put some talent on the roster but the staff has underutilised it, Rhodes, Patterson being held out early in the year and Audie Cole being prime examples. I suspect Hodges and Mauti may also contribute from next season.
2 With a quarterback and better playcalling the offense could be really, really good. The receiving corps has certainly flashed, Patterson looks a game changer, Jennings has looked great with Cassel in, Simpson looked very good earlier in the year (if he manages to stay out of jail the DUI may be a blessing in disguise for us if we can manage to resign him for cheap). Jarius Wright is good for an no. 4 and Greg Childs could potentially be back soon. Carlson really has stepped up since Rudolphs injury and of course Rudolph will be back. Of Course everything must still go through 28 but we seem to be building a unit with real dynamism. Just need that QB and OC and maybe a Guard.
3. Speaking of which I am kind of coming around to the idea of drafting Manziel with where we are. We are unlikely to get Bridgewater as he will most likely be a Texan. I know there is the attitude concerns but to hell with it just give me someone who can play and be exciting, one pass I saw him throw when he was rolling to his right and threw a 30 yard strike for a TD to Evans was incredible. He also put up 42 against Alabama which is the closest to an NFL defense in college. In addition to this I would do what the Redskins did and also take Zack Mettenburger with one of our 3rds if he is still there(we have 2 from the Percy trade) and remember only Ponder is definitely under contract next year.
4. Time to say goodbye to some vets on the other side of the ball, bye bye to Allen Williams Henderson and Cook. This would leave us with around $30 million in cap space and holes at NT(Floyd slots into K Williams slot.) and possibly DE, OLB and possibly MLB, 2 X CB and maybe Safety.
Looking at some of the close losses I am more upbeat about going into next year than I was at this point 2 years ago and we made the playoffs the next season.