Well said J, well said.
I think next year, as scary as this is, the defense will be even better. Take a look at the amazing steps Chad Greenway took this year. Now throw in a guy like EJ Henderson next year, and the level he was playing at before his season ending injury. Its going to be scary how good the defense will be next year with EJ back.
Onto the offense. The right side was a disgrace. Hicks and Cook were terrible, and the entire offensive line, and running back crew, couldn't keep our QB's upright for its life. A new RT would help immensely, but, like you said, a new QB that knows what he's doing would probably help things.
Onto the coaching... and players. Brad Childress = useless. Talking with the old man over the weekend, bring in Mike Shanahan, and (at the time) Matt Cassell as QB, and get this ship righted.
With the defense and running game we have, THERE IS NO REASON we shouldn't run away with the division, year in year out, and do something in the playoffs. None.
Get rid of Childress. Get rid of his protege, Jackson. Get rid of Bevel. And get rid of our special teams coach. My ****ing god, is it that hard to cover a punt?