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Old 05-02-2007, 08:05 PM    (permalink
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It seems as though the focus of our whole offseason has been getting the running game back on track. That said, where does everyone think we will rank next season and perhaps even in '09, as I know some of the parts we just acquired may need time to develop?
I have to believe we will at least be back in the top half of the league, my hope is top ten. My guess, barring injuries: 9th.
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Whether Willis McGahee performs or not next year is make or break for us. To be honest I am kind of nervous. Hopefully running behind the beast of a man named Leron McClain helps him.
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I'm expecting at least a 1300 yard season with 10 TD's from Willis. I'm confident that Adam Terry will make a nice transition to right tackle, and Grubbs will be rock solid at guard. And Charm City already mentioned Le'Ron McClain
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we will def improve
mcgahee is an improvement and our interior line will be stronger
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I think that Willis will get at least 1,300-1,4500 yards
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Agree I think this is going to be Willis McGhee's breakout season. This will be a huge season for the Ravens in terms of rushing. I am thinking 2nd in the AFC behind San Diego, Denver I am thinking will have a drop off and KC will have a huge drop off losing keys points on the line the last two off seasons...and not replacing them.
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Whether Willis McGahee performs or not next year is make or break for us. To be honest I am kind of nervous. Hopefully running behind the beast of a man named Leron McClain helps him.
While I love the McClain pick a lot has been said about featuring more of single back formations which obviously leaves no room for a fullback. Willis better grow accustomed to the I-formation cause thats Raven football!
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I say anywhere between 1,150-1,300 yards and 8-9 td's. Nothing spectacular, but solid production. I'm really hoping that it was the line in Buffalo that made McGahee look like an average RB. Hopefully with the new additions we made in the run blocking department, Willis will take his game to the next level.
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I think it was BUF's line. They had one year when they had a decent line when McGahee was there.

We'll have good production. McLain, Grubbs, & Yanda (with Ogden) will create new holes for McGahee to run through.
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I think we'll rank towards the bottomw of the NFL, Willis McGahee is not the answer. He is one of the most overrated RBs in the NFL, we should have traded for Thomas Jones, or traded up in the draft and got Marshawn Lynch.
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Willis McGahee will get his 1000 yards and our running game will do better than last years. McGahee is more explosive than Jamal and our O-line should do the job.
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We've definitely made strives to improve the run game. Grubbs and McGahee being the biggest signings of the offseason means that we should have enough holes for McGahee to run through. I think he will have a solid year, seeing as JL was pretty awful last year and still managed to have a decent year stats-wise. Let's just hope his character issues don't get in the way..
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I am not sure about being overrated, but I do think Willis got a large raise for potential not for production. Though the one year that Buffalo had a good line he did put up good results. It would have been a great addition to get Thomas Jones or trade up and get Marshawn Lynch, the same could be said for us trading up and taking Brady Quinn and trading Kyle Boller to someone to add picks in the 3rd or 4th round. Hind sight is always 20/20, but I think Willis is going to be a great RB for us and give us explosion that Jamal NEVER had.
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I agree Chef, I like how WIllis gives us explosion that Jamal didnt have recently.
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Trading up to get Marshawn would have been a waste IMO. Plus I think if we traded up to 12 we woulda took Quinn. I sorta think Marshawn was a reach at 12 to be honest.
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True, Also I wonder if what we have to give up, would Marshawns production be better then McGahees production with his trade (tell me if this doesn't make sense I will try to fix it)
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For what it would have taken to get Marshawn and move up to #11 we are doing much better. To move up to #11 we would have had to trade our first, 2nd, and 3rd round picks as well as an 08 2nd or 3rd rounder. I'd take Willis Mcgahee, Ben Grubbs, Yamon Figurs, and Marshal Yanda over Marshawn alone any day.
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Trading up to get Marshawn would have been a waste IMO. Plus I think if we traded up to 12 we woulda took Quinn. I sorta think Marshawn was a reach at 12 to be honest.
I don't feel Lynch was a reach at 12 since he would have likely went to Green Bay at 16 so its not that much of a difference. The problem was a lack of stud running backs in this draft so he was the second best back by default. I don't like that Buffalo drafted him as a need pick as opposed to drafting the highest ranked player they had on their board. They could have easily got a Kenny Irons in the second or a Tony Hunt and they would have been fine. Drafting for need as opposed to getting the better athletes can haunt a franchise, like the Cardinals reaching on Levi Brown at 5 which I hope works out for them.
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For what it would have taken to get Marshawn and move up to #11 we are doing much better. To move up to #11 we would have had to trade our first, 2nd, and 3rd round picks as well as an 08 2nd or 3rd rounder. I'd take Willis Mcgahee, Ben Grubbs, Yamon Figurs, and Marshal Yanda over Marshawn alone any day.
Agreed, I think at the very least Willis will be an upgrade over the Jamal Lewis from last year.
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Agreed, I think at the very least Willis will be an upgrade over the Jamal Lewis from last year.
Well he could hardly be a downgrade. :D
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Oh yes. He can't be worse.
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Oh yes. He can't be worse.
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Well he could be worse, but what are the chances? He brings us a better ability to catch out of the backfield and explosion Jamal didnt have the past couple of seasons.
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