The staff Miles put together is really good. All great coaches, better recruiters imo - I look for a behemoth class next year, but that's besides the point of this thread. With all the solid hires, what areas of the team do you think will show the greatest differences (either improvement or regression)? I think these areas will be better because of the staff changes: WRs: The combination of Monken's coaching/coordinating and Jimbo/Miles calling more aggressive plays will turn our WRs into the threat we all knew/hoped they could/would be last year. Monken has good record of producing big WR years going back to La. Tech and OSU. I look for every starting WR to top what he did last year. OL: Searles did a commendable job last year, but I think next year the addition of Miles and Henson will greatly help them be more consistent and play more coordinated within the line. Even though Henson is coaching TEs, he will get down and help the OL because of his pedigree. We have 2 ex-All American and 1 ex-All Conference OL on the staff next year. ST: Peveto is my sleeper. I think he will turn out to be a very good asset, and if Pelini ever leaves he may step up to DC. The guy is very well rounded, and he's coached STs to #1 in his conference before. Monken's ST have also led the nation in punt return yardage a couple of times, so I think his influence on the staff will help here as well. I think the quality of the DL will be as high as we've come to expect, but with the loss of Spears it may not surpass years past. There will be no dropoff however, and the younger players coming up will really benefit from Dunbar's teachings (if you'll notice the great DL of the recent past all were taught at some point by Pete Jenkins...Dunbar's early mentor). The secondary I'm not sure. It's going to be tough to out do Saban when it comes to that, but we certainly have the staff to keep proudcing top DBs. Mallory doesn't have a long or overly impressive resume, but he comes from a long long line of football players/coaches, so it's not unreasonable to think he can coach. Peveto has coached DBs many times before, and had very good results...plus I think he is a really detail oriented guy that will excel at any position. Then we come to Pelini. While his responsibility is as DC only, he will help our secondary a lot imo - he's coached DBs in the NFL at two different teams under some very good mentors. (I don't buy the OU fans' theory he ruined their secondary singlehandedly) I'm very excited about the next year, I think the coaches hired will improve greatly our weakest areas from last year - and sustain the success we've had in the other areas. Also the QBs next year will naturally progress, but I didn't include them because the QB coach was not an addition.