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Unexpected flaws

Going in to any football season, typically we have anaylzed and reanalyzed both the strengths and weaknesses of the team, trying to get a better idea of what to expect.  However, every year there have been supposed weaknesses that never really had a big impact, and in addition our proported strengths turned out not to be so strong.

(Examples from 07)
Strengths Preseason:
D-Line->Turns out the defensive line was pretty average.  Okam was a good kid, but was not the dominating force everyone expected.  Run stoppage was good, but overall the line was just average.

Wide Receivers->Remember how we kept talking about the depth and skill of our receiving corps?  Well they can't be called lousy, Quan and Nate certainly gave everything they had but let's be realistic, we thought we'd be bombing away. Sweed, while injured became a nonfactor.

Quarterback->Ok everybody has their opinions on McCoy.  He was basically the same quarteback as his freshman year with about triple the turnovers (int+fumbles).  I'm not calling for his head, but I am pointing out that there was a dropoff.  As for Chiles and Harris, they didn't get a whole lot of work, especially Harris.

Weaknesses Preseason:
Secondary->Ok I might get a little heat for saying the DB's weren't a problem, but let me explain myself.  We lost Griffin, Brown, and Ross.  We brought in Brandon Foster, Ryan Palmer, and Marcus Griffin.  We were all worried.  Turns out they were ok (not fantastic), but overall they were ok.  Say what you want about yards and such, this group of DBs was solid.  They didn't give up huge plays very often and were constantly doing the dirty work for our buffoon linebackers.  

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So now I ask you.  What supposed strengths are actually overrated (O-line anyone?) and what weakness might not be as bad as we think?  Opinions, facts, wild speculation all welcome.

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