While I am not saying this season is lost, I still think this team has a lot of work to do before we can get back to level of play we once were, but I also dont think we are in for a long rebuilding phase. I'm going to list a few things Ive really seen improvement in and why we have a bright future.
1. Run defense- While we are middle of the pack, that is a major improvement compare to the last few years when we were around last in the league and I think the major improvement comes from getting more size with guys like hankins, Stewart, woods, and hunt along with more physically on the edge with shread and simon and improve play of morrison in the middle.
2.Creating pressure and turnovers- The defense is attacking the ball a lot more so far this season and you are seeing a number of turnovers because of it, but I also notice how much more pressure we are putting in the pocket. We are not constantly finishing which has been a concern for years now, but we are generating pressure.
3.Rookie Class- This is the best rookie class we've had since 2012. Hooker and Wilson are going through their rookie lumps, but you see flashes of great potential and I believe we could see a great tandem between them. Mack is looking more and more like our feature back next year once gore is gone and he will get workload combining that with a healthy luck making our offense that more dynamic. Hairston can arguably be our best draft pick with how well he has been able to play in the slot.
4.Healthy Luck-While it has been a somewhat grueling time watching the offense without luck, I do believe this to be the best course of action for the team's future and it will allow Luck to finally be able to play without any limitations and fear of hurting his shoulder even more.