Head Coach - Mike Munchak
Offensive Coordinator - Dowell Loggains
Defensive Coordinator - Jerry Gray
Free Agents We Would Resign:
Bernard Pollard (2 year deal)
Alterraun Verner (4 year deal)
Rapoti Pitoitua (1 year deal)
2014 NFL Draft Picks:
1st Round - Khalil Mack DE (Think Dwight Freeny)
2nd Round - Tahj Boyd QB ( Think Russell Wilson)
3rd Round - De'Anthony Thomas OW (think Percy harvin)
Trade Jake Locker for a late round pick
Giving Loggains lack of coordinator experience, paired with Locker's inability to stay healthy, I think its unfair to judge Dowell after his first full season as Coordinator. With that being said, I believe adding Boyd and Thomas would provide him with two excellent weapons. I believe he would continue utilizing a "time share" with Johnson and Green, something like 60/40 while sprinkling Thomas in for 20-30 carries. Loggains could improve his passing game as Wright continues to develop and Hunter continues his adapting to the game. I have faith in Wright/Washington as our starters while bumping Wright into the slot in three WR sets as Hunter bounces outside, also sprinkling DAT in as an addition slot receivers 50-75 plays. Thomas could add another wrinkle to our offense if we have Boyd running out of the shotgun with Hunter/Wright/Washington/Thomas out wide and CJ out of the backfield, but we should temper DAT to focus mainly on special teams and becoming our primary return man.
As for defense, Gray seriously impressed me while fielding one of the youngest defenses in the NFL. Another year under his system with returning play makers Ayers/Brown/Pollard/Verner/Morgan/Casey should provide further progress. Simply adding a freakish pass rusher such as Mack would be like a second Christmas for Gray. Mack could line up on both book end positions, some OLB, and possibly even MLB on some plays. With a pass rushing squad including Morgan, Martin, Hill, Casey, Klug, Ball, Wimbley and Mack, we should continue to see improvements and could become one of the most feared pass rushing teams in the NFL. Imagine, if Gray were to utilize a "rabbit" package similar to some college teams where they utilize their best 4 speed rushers on the field at the same time, with Morgan, Wimbley, Mack and Casey/Klugg. Could be frightening.