ENEMY LINES An opposing scout's view
I really like this team on both sides of the ball--if they can develop a receiving threat to help Jake Plummer. Jake's perfect for Mike Shanahan because he knows when to run and he's a more accurate passer than he was in Arizona. But Rod Smith is a possession receiver now, and if Ashley Lelie doesn't become a downfield threat, the offense will struggle.... Maybe they won't be as explosive without Clinton Portis, but the running game will be just as productive because Quentin Griffin and Tatum Bell are capable backs.... The offensive line might fall off a bit because assistant coach Alex Gibbs is now with Atlanta. But as long as the refs let Dan Neil hold on every play--which they do--the interior of that line will be strong.... Trevor Pryce is my favorite defensive lineman in the league, quick enough to get to the quarterback, strong enough to play the run well.... The underrated guy on that defense is corner Lenny Walls. He battles receivers.... I like their defensive speed, and [coordinator] Larry Coyer's schemes fit this unit much better than Ray Rhodes's did.
As long as the refs let Dan Neil hold on every play--which they do--the line will be strong.
PROJECTED STARTING LINEUP with 2003 statistics
2003 RECORD: 10--6
NFL RANK (rush/pass/total):