Aging quarterback that may have already played his best football. Extremely conservative but protects the football. Great manager of the game. Will have a rough first year getting acclimated with new system and build chemistry with teammates. Will have to take more shots down the field with the downfield ability of their receivers.
Despite off field issues, the potential of rookie running back Guice is high. Downhill, one-cut, power back. Break away speed. Can run in between the tackles. 3 down capability. High ceiling and will likely win the starting job.
Protection & Blocking
Solid O-Line. Exceptional pass protection. Will be counted on for run game.
Good mix of guys with different skill sets. Precise route runners in Crowder and newly acquired Richardson, both with good hands. Doctson is the bigger target with possession skills but needs to advance his route tree. All three are down field threats.
Skills Analysis Notes
Potential to be a steady offense. Alex Smith will manage games and spread the ball around. They have capable guys at all positions. Should be able to drive the ball but punching it into the end zone will be their challenge.
They have some beast from Tuscaloosa on that front line. Those guys are very versatile with pass rushing and run stopping. Enormous guys who are very athletic. Disciplined in assignments.
Solid players that good at plugging away gaps.
Physical secondary. Lock down corner in Norman and hard hitting Swearinger. Veteran group.
Controlling Field Position
Skills Analysis Notes
Will be an improved defense with a very big and athletic front line. Physical players at all levels. Tough to run on.
Special Teams and Coaching
Overall Coaching / School Analysis
Good leader with mediocre staff. Something is missing.
Last season, did the team
meet your expectations?
Slightly Under-performed Expectations
Team is built to be in a lot of close games but finishing will an issue. Will have trouble capping off drives with TDs which will ultimately cost them a win or two. Solid team but not good enough. Still missing a few pieces to take them over the top. Newly acquired QB Alex Smith is on the back end of his career. Defense can be exciting.