The way the AFC East is shaping up is the way it always shapes up: the Patriots will win the division by three or four games (at least).
Sqeaking into the playoffs with no real hope of winning the Super Bowl (like the Dolphins in 2017) isn't my idea of a golden opportunity, but to each their own.
This season is really all about Tyrod while at the same time laying a foundation (on defense, especially) to become a true contender in this league. Not just a team that could luck into 9 or 10 wins (despite a horrible offense) solely by winning the turnover battle enough times.
I'll repost the following from another thread...
The bottom line: if Taylor cannot develop into a capable pocket passer in this league, then is he worth the extra $10 million cap hit to keep around in 2018? That's what the franchise needs to figure out. If it takes sacrificing some of the offense in 2017 to make that determination then so be it.
I want a Super Bowl contender. Not a 9-10 win one-and-done playoff pretender. Fortunately, all evidence indicates that's what McDermott and Beane want as well.
You can discuss Tyrod all you want; however, you continue to avoid the spirit of this thread and its fundamental point:
1. For over a decade, Dennison has been tied to the hip with Kubiak. Dennison is almost 60yrs old and has never been an NFL offensive coordinator in the last + decade without the support of Kubiak as HC.
2. Kubiak is regarded as the "offensive mind" in NFL circles; not Dennison.
3. Playcalling was so poor at times in Denver that Kubiak would have to take over the play calling in the second half b/c the offense was ineffective. We don't have that here. McD is a defensive mind. Dennison no longer has the Kubiak crutch to help him execute the scheme. So far the results are speaking for themselves when we see gameplans that lack imagination on gameday; an o-line that has no clue what the heck it's doing; and a top 5 RB in the NFL having a career-worst season so far through 1/3 of the season.
4. The run offense, compared to the last 2+years, is an abomination. Going into the season, McD said he's going to run Shady into the ground. Obviously McD wants to run the ball. This offense is made to run the ball. We've run the ball up and down the field the last 2+ seasons. McD is relying on Dennison to implement the run game; but Dennison's run block scheme has not worked with this personnel. That's a fundamental problem that can't just be glossed over; but on this board it is.
5. Tyrod aside, is Dennison the o-coordinator that will groom our future QB? What QB has Dennison ever developed? Dennison, at 60, hasn't even been able to make a name for himself in this league without Kubiak. Somehow, we're supposed to believe that he'll become even more innovative as he approaches his mid-60's?
Dennison is a problem; he has proven nothing in this league on his own. He's having trouble taking something that has clearly worked (the run game) and expanding on it, or at the very least, keeping it as a functioning component of the offense; instead, he's destroyed it.
Unlike with Kubiak in the past, McD can't save Dennison - he's on his own now.
Edited by bobobonators, 12 October 2017 - 05:53 PM.