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Old 07-27-2008, 12:16 PM   #5
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Default Re: Three concerns heading into camp?

1. Offensive line. Last year was horrible. We need better play accross the board. Faneca is gone, he was declining but he was still probally our best offensive lineman. Hopefully Kemoeatu will be able to step in and his energy will energize this line. And if Hartwig can play average at center the line will be better than last season. But if those things don't happen, our line could actually be worse.

2. Defensive line depth. As long as Aaron Smith, Casey Hampton, and Brett Keisel stay healthy our defensive line will be very good, in the tops of 3-4 D-lines. But as we learned last year, there is little if no depth here.

3. Special teams. Our special teams has had a history the last 5 years or so of giving great field position to the other team and getting ourselves bad field position. This isn't the fault of Reed on kickoffs or Sepluveda on punts...our coverage team is horrible outside of James Harrison. If we could just get consitant on coverage, that will improve our defense because they won't be working with a short field so often. As for the return game, we couldn't really find anyone who could field the ball and give our offense a short field to work with. That has to change, someone has to step up.

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