Welcome! Good question to kick things off. It'll be tough with three replacements along OL, but I question how much of a downgrade Vlad Ducasse is at LG compared to Charlie Johnson, who has struggled in recent weeks. They'd have a tough time against this front with all their starters healthy, and it'll be more on Bridgewater to get the ball out and keep his head on a swivel on Sunday.
They need him to bulk up. Without an offseason program, the pushed up draft and him coming out of the PAC-12, he really didn't have much of a chance to get acclimated before training camp. Same with Crichton. I don't view it as a surprise, but he's got some weight lifting on his schedule in the offseason. Right now, Ducasse and Berger are better, more polished options to keep 5 upright.
Too exotic. Let's not get complicated here. Pineapple juice is as outlandish as I'll get.
It's difficult to judge. Those 13 games have featured just about 13 different combinations of offensive starters. He's had to switch up his game plans from what he drew up in the offseason with Cassel and Peterson in the backfield. I like what Charles Johnson has done in terms of the vertical threat, Vincent Jackson-style weapon in the offense. Ideally, that's what they want Patterson to be. The more Bridgewater grows, the more of a running game they get, we'll see more wrinkles of the playbook. It's been somewhat tailored back with Teddy.
I don't know how much that impacts the football decisions at the coaching level. Sure, that may be in the backs of the minds of front office staff, Spielman, etc., but Mike Zimmer is about as realistic of a head coach as you'll get. He knows it's not a disappointment to be 6-7 with all they've gone through this season. To answer your question, I don't believe you'll start seeing major changes. Their evaluation process is on going, even with current starters like Brinkley, Robinson, etc.
Probably the apple juice-drinking version. /boom
It's too early to see if he'll be that level of a defensive end in the NFL. Like with Yankey, too raw at this point with a shortened offseason, and with veterans ahead on the depth chart in Wootton.
They like what Gerald Hodges has done so far, and want to see more of him. Audie Cole has been the special teams captain in back-to-back weeks, they like his contributions. But they're trying to mold Hodges and have given him all the injury replacement snaps.
Way too early on that. I could see them looking at possible 2nd-rd RBs, but they're doing all right at receiver. They're also not dumping Patterson after a rough season, he's young yet.
Thank you, very much. Check is in the mail.
Got to head off to availability now, they rang the bell early (Schedule says 12:30...).
Thanks again for coming! We'll do it next week, back at normal time: 12:30 - 1.