I'm fine with Sanu and Green being our 1 and 2 WRs. Hawkins in the slot and Marvin Jones can move down the depth chart.
Agree about our LBs getting exposed. They don't have the speed to cover RBs and TEs man to man. It's been a weakness for a long time.
I thought Green-Ellis was much better than expected this year. What I'd love to have is a change of pace back that has more speed and pass catching ability. Not real sure what Leonard and Peerman really give us.
Another thing is I'd be a little weary about giving Andre Smith a long term contract. He was good this year, but he's still the guy that has almost always shown up overweight. I mean the guy has broken bones in his feet from being so out of shape. I don't think it's a coincidence that we got the best out of him in a contract year.
No, 10-7 is 10-7. Last year, the Bengals beat 0 playoff teams. This year, they beat 1.
I just think that's a simplistic way of looking at it. If you're just judging how good a team is by where they stand in the standings then you're right. This year's team got hit with a ton of preseason injuries and it took a while for guys to get healthy. Our defense was a mess in the first part of the year because of that. 7-1 down the stretch to just barely get in the playoffs is something last year's team could have never done. I'm not saying we're miles better, but I still think the ship is pointing in the right direction.
I'm not a big Marvin fan but for those saying he can't win any big games I'd point out that the last half of our regular season were big games.
Oh and we actually beat two playoff teams this year, but it may as well be one since week 17 was a preseason game.