I like the assessment. I would personally include Mingo in pleasant surprises, the guy is all around the ball all the time, he is rejuvinated it seems with us after lackluster play in Cleveland and NE. I also would include Mack in pleasant surprises as i believe we have only seen glimpses of the REAL Mack attack yet due to the coaches not playing him, i understand we have a proven veteran RB on the team, after this season when Gore leaves im fully confident Mack will assume the number 1 role and become a top 5 running back in the league. Then lastly i would put the Oline in dissapointments, as you stated nobody expected them to blow anyone away but i personally dont think anyone expected them to be as bad as the have been either.
I think you have done a very nice assessment of our teams progress and where we are right now. Most of the teams improvement has come on the defensive side of the ball coming from additions and improvement from our young players. The loss of Luck for the year and the hurried assimilation of Brissett to the lineup certainly has not helped the offense meet our preseason expectations. I read where Doyle was second in the league in receptions among TE's before the Pittsburgh game. A stat that blew me away actually. Who knows what a healthy Luck and a better OL would have done for Moncrief and the rest of the WR's. I think you have to congratulate the coaches for this progress and continued improvement that we have seen from this team. They have gotten better and that's what we are looking for. It might be a lost season record wise but if you are looking at player and overall team development you have to be pleased with the great progress they have made this year. No one is happy with the record but you can not ignore the overall improvements that have been achieved. Everyone is looking forward to new coaches next year but this years staff has done some pretty impressive work teaching and improving the overall contributions of our players.