It’s hard to believe that we can be optimistic for the 2022 season, but at the same time all in for 2023! To have a FO and coaching staff that has turned a depleted depth chart and broken room into what we see today in just 12 months is incredible.
We had no talent, no leaders, no money, and no real reason for hope when Holmes and DC took the reigns and immediately accommodated Stafford’s request for a trade…
- the it started…. The team sought out some “glue guys” by bringing in Anzalone, Brockers, and especially J Williams…. They took some cheap fliers with upside in T Will, Q Jefferson, J Reynolds, and C Harris and two of them panned out quite well…
We have a proven 27 year old QB with pro bowl upside, playoff experience, and we have 3 years of relatively cheap team control over his at 31M per year-
We have the #14 most cap room headed into 2023, and when you consider we could free up 25M more by moving on from Brockers, Romeo, and Big V- we have a ton of financial flexibility.
We have multiple first round picks to add to a team with surprisingly few holes after being some talent deprived one year ago…
We have a coaching staff other teams are interested in poaching… some are nervous about this, I’m floored. If Glenn gets his shot, then Pleasant steps in, and if Pleasant gets a shot at DC, and Glenn doesn’t for HC- then the same guys who assembled this cast have the chance to replace them to a far more attractive job than it was 2 years ago-
I think you will see a Steelers, Ravens, 49ers, Titans type roster and run over the next 4-5 years-hopefully one that ends in a ring!
2022- I know there are some nerves about the health of- Jamo, Romeo, Paschal, Jacobs, Okudah, but I feel a bit of the “next man up” vibe with this team…
Decker/J Jackson/Ragnow/Big V/Sewell
- consider that we finished 3-2-1 in Goffs last 6 starts last year, and our defense gave us a real shot to win 2 of Boyles 3 pathetic starts….
WE DIDNT PLAY A SINGLE GAME WITH A ROSTER LIKE THE ONE ABOVE- NONE!!!
Knowing we have battle tested backup OL players in Brown, Nelson and Kraemer, and big upside guys in Jarvis and Obinna gives me ton of faith in our OL-
Seeing glimpses of Swift’s upside and Williams consistency last year behind a make shift OL, and the fact that Swift really only had 3 full games after the bye week (he was hurt by the time Goff/DC offense hit stride) is more reason to be excited about our run game!
Seeing what Pleasant and Glenn did with AO, Jacobs, Parker, etc last year gives me huge optimism for K Joseph, Okudah, AO, Iffy, Elliott, Harris etc this year. Hell, Hughes could even be our C Harris for 2022?
The really excited part is already knowing we don’t have to plug holes, start over, or make tough decisions in 2023…
Hutch/Levi/McNeill/Paschal- C Harris/J Okwara
Okudah/Walker/K Joseph/??- Parker/Iffy/Jacobs
- REALLY THINK ABOUT THAT!!!
For 2023- we could cut Romeo, Brockers, and Big V- have 45M in cap space, great draft capital, and only 2-3 real holes to fill?
We should have AO locked up for a 3-4 year extension by then (I hope)…
—- BREAK THE BANK TO SIGN D Payne to line up next the McNeill….
— I think I’d let Hock play out this year and knowing we have him locked up in 2023 as well should lay off giving him big money right now.
I would let this year be an audition between Hock and Chark for who gets the 60-70M deal….
we have the flexibility to keep or cut Big V- though if he plays like last year, I don’t see a reason to cut him and overpay for someone else’s fee agent
——Assuming we extend AO, keep Hock on his current deal, keep Big V, sign Chark and go big on D Payne-