Merlin's Mid-Season Review


It’s mid-season review time. Since I missed posting about the Jets game, I am going to cover that as well. Basically, the Jets and Bucs games can be considered together. Those games were the types of games I expected us to start the season playing. Games that were close, we were competitive and we either win or lose close.  Looking below the surface, we are not as good as these games make us look. There are three reasons for it. 1) As Steven pointed out, our D-line is getting blown off the ball. 2) We have been living on turnovers 3) The spread is a gimmick offense for the NFL, it’s success is fleeting and does not tell us much about our play in a more conventional offense.

On that last point. Tyler Thigpen is growing in confidence. However, his recent success does not give me any confidence that he can be a real NFL QB since it is coming from an offense that we will not be running next year.

Let’s review our current draft class. Evaluations are weighted based on each player’s draft position.

Glenn Dorsey. Glenn has yet to really make much of an impact. This is not surprising since DT’s can take a year or two to develop. I like his work ethic and talent.

Brandan Albert. Brandon has really stepped in well, especially considering his training camp injury. We may have locked down this important position for a decade.

Brandon Flowers. Brandon has looked very good for a rookie corner.  This is looking like a good pick.

Jamaal Charles. I like this kid. He could be a nice, complimentary player/third down back.

Brad Cottam. Just starting to get on the field.

DaJuan Morgan. Why hasn’t he been on the field more? It can take a year for a safety to develop, but this is something to keep an eye on.

Will Franklin. Hasn’t done much yet.

Brandon Carr. This looks like our steal. I am very high on this kid. He may turn out to be a better player than Flowers.

Barry Richardson. He hasn’t dressed yet. That is not a good sign. Let’s see where this goes,

Brian Johnston. Just starting to see him on the field. With Tamba moving back to LDE, his development is key for the 2009 draft.

Draft Watch

We are still looking at QB, RDE and MLB as our first round areas of need. Adam keeps hyping Crabtree, but WR is far down on our list of areas of need. He makes the argument that we have to look at Crabtree based on value. Adam is way, way ahead of the curve here. He can not make the value argument when we do not know who will be in the draft. Further, he loves Mark Bradley. So, if we have TG, D-Bowe and Bradley, Adam would still draft Crabtree. We might have to change the rules of the game to allow more than one ball in play at a time. Maybe then, we can keep all those players happy. Given that we play with only one ball, drafting a WR in round one looks to be a waste.

Carl/Herm Watch

Their stock is up, just a tick. They are still playing for their jobs and time is slipping away.