Very interesting read. I personally think the offense will be better when they play next. Why?
- Replacing Patterson. Smh. I think McCaffrey will be better.
- OL. This seems counterintuitive. However, Warinner has done miracles, and recruiting has improved greatly. The projected starters will have been on campus 3 - 5 years. Not one or two years and wet behind the ears. Depth is a very nice thing.
- Time with Gattis. I really think many of the problems last year, as noted by Urban Meyer, came with adjusting to Gattis and a new system. They largely figured it out halfway through the year. With more time and practice, things should be better.
- Speed at skill positions. They are much, much deeper at RB. At WR, while they lost one key guy, they bring back their best receiver, bring back several solid receivers, and bring in two burners. Future is brighter.
If McCaffrey is comfortable; if the OL gels; and if overall, the offense is comfortable and faster running Gattis' offense, things will improve.
As noted, the question is whether Don Brown's defense will ever be ready to play against elite teams. Thus far, the evidence is not encouraging.