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Now than Johnny Manziel has left for the NFL, the rest of the SEC will finally get a look at how well A&M performs without a freak on the team. The Aggies ran up impressive offensive numbers with Manziel triggering the attack, but didn’t stop anyone on defense – a situation that must change, or Texas A&M won’t ever be a consistent contender in the SEC, which prioritizes stopping the ball over doing something dynamic with it. Losing six starters and virtually every key playmaker from the 2013 team won’t help.
This has been anything but a quiet offseason for the Texas A&M Aggies, who were hoping to mount a national title challenge in their second season in the SEC. The Aggies might still do it, but they’ll have to do it amidst a circus that would impress even P.T. Barnum. Texas A&M’s star quarterback has been the subject of more intrigue and scrutiny than the WikiLeaks case, and he hasn’t been the only one who has run afoul of team policy. And then there are the football questions, such as whether the wide receiver corps can be rebuilt, whether the offensive line will jell quickly and whether the secondary can be improved.Continue reading …