David Carr might end up as another Jim Plunkett: We won't know what kind of quarterback he really is until he's 30. He has the same problem Plunkett had--no protection. I don't know how management can look that kid in the eye. Ever since they drafted him, they've failed to put a decent line in front of him.... The basic problem with the line is no speed. Steve McKinney was O.K. as a guard in Indy, but he's too slow to play center. And who do they bring in at left tackle? Victor Riley, another big, slow guy.... There's only one big-time receiver, Andre Johnson. I think they're going to have a hard time scoring points.... Defensively, I like their front three, plus first-round draft pick Travis Johnson. They're big, strong 3-4 linemen, and I think they'll cover the loss of their inside linebackers by moving Kailee Wong and Morlon Greenwood inside.... Their big problem on defense will be in the secondary. Dunta Robinson is terrific, but he's only 174 pounds. They'd better hope he doesn't get hurt, because I don't see enough speed and coverage ability. They made a big trade for the Raiders' Phillip Buchanon, but do you really think Al Davis would let a former No. 1 draft choice go if he thought he could play?
"Do you really think Al Davis would let Phillip Buchanon go if he thought he could play?"
PROJECTED STARTING LINEUP with 2004 statistics