Offense for '09
Well, did the defense already so lets get going on the offense.
QB - Carson Palmer
RB - Cedric Benson
FB - Fui Vakapuna
WR - Chad Johnson
WR - Laverneus Coles
WR - Andre Caldwell
TE - Ben Utecht
LT - Anthony Collins
LG - Andrew Whitworth
C - Jonathan Luigs
RG - Bobbie Williams
RT - Andre Smith
WR - Chris Henry
RB - Bernard Scott
RB - DeDe Dorsey
TE - Reggie Kelly
OG - Nate Livings
Inevitably, I think Levi Jones will be cut. I also think Andre Smith winds up at RT simply because we don't have anyone else to put there really. I'm confident with Collins at LT. Luigs simply has to win the starting job at Center, if he isn't good enough to win it we're in trouble.
I think Bernard Scott is a shoe-in for the backup RB spot IMO. There is no sense in drafting a RB of his age and character concerns if you don't think he can contribute immediately. DeDe I think also makes the cut due to his change of pace ability.
At FB, we really need production. The staff seems to be in love with Vakapuna and given Jeremi Johnson's troubles/injury last year... I feel like he'll get cut. I hope I'm wrong, a productive Johnson would be a big boost to the offense. Hopefully he hits camp ready to play and produce.
The offense (like any other really) will hinge on the production of our young tackles. Chad and Carson really rack up the yards and TD's on those deep passes but that wasn't really an option last year. I'm hoping the use of a TE will help to take some of those 3rd down short yardage catches TJ was famous for. The run game doesn't have to be amazing. It would be nice to see Benson at around 4.0 YPC and have someone step in as the #2 guy and produce as well.
I find myself being pessimistic in regards to the offense. A lot of uncertainty there but I could definitely see it being productive again. Obviously it won't be as bad as it was last year. Carson needs to stay healthy and protect the ball.
I think with hopefully better protection, we'll see more 4 WR sets. CJ, Coles, Caldwell and Henry would provide a nice array of weapons on the field at the same time. Keep hearing a lot about Simpson but given how last year went, I don't think he'll see a lot of PT early on this year. Henry, for as dumb as he is, can be a massive deep play threat with Carson back there.
The offense won't be in 2005 form next year but they don't need to be. Top 15 would be decent, top 10 would be a big deal. We'd be pretty dangerous if the offense could produce and the defense plays like I hope it will.
Last edited by PalmerToCJ : 05-05-2009 at 10:28 AM.