By Dr. Bruce Banner
So season no start yet and here I am sitting around, breathing becoming more labored, palms getting sweaty, fists pounding table and generally feeling the need to smash something. Hulk already getting angry and we have not played a down of meaningful football yet. Here is what Hulk is already getting angry about:
The schedule. Hulk know no one can control schedule and there is nothing you really can do about it. But that no mean Hulk can’t be angry about it. 3 of first 4 games on road against playoff teams. Hulk knows NFL history that teams that start 0-2 very unlikely to make playoffs. Teams that start 1-3 not much better. Hulk just no want to see Phins season over before September ends. Hulk tired of the year’s football highlight being the draft. Hulk want team to be playing meaningful football in December and even better in January. In order to do that we have to play meaningful football in September. That may be a tall order with rookie head coach and lots of change over in personnel.
Hulk angry that our RB roster looks more like a MASH unit than NFL depth chart at the position. Our starter is Arian Foster who right now is held together by duct tape and safety pins. He had moments in pre-season but definitely looks a step slower than he has been. Our backup is Jay Ajai who has no cartilage in his knee. He also looked very tentative running the ball in pre-season. Behind those two we have Kenyan Drake and Isiah Pead. Both flashed playmaking ability but both also flashed hamstring injuries in pre-season. That leaves only Damien Williams as the only healthy option at RB and he inspires little fear in opposing defenses.
What makes Hulk angriest of all is that after last season’s abysmal linebacker play we are set to be just as bad again this season. Our only move to remedy what was one of the worst linebacker corps in the league was to bring in an oft injured Kiko Alonzo. Watching Alonzo in pre-season he looks undersized and covers the side line to side line with all the speed and grace of a pregnant yak. With the exception of 1 game our linebackers have been exposed all pre-season in both run defense and pass coverage. Unless our defense plays better we could be in for another long season. This make Hulk very angry and season no even start yet.