Here are my top 5:
- Better pass protection. I think most people would agree with me on this, although I sometimes hear the comment, "Well, we won the Super Bowl." Personally, I feel the team is very fortunate Wilson played as well as he did, and, more importantly, didn't sustain a serious injury. Right now, it seem like poor pass protection (and poor OL play overall) is the biggest obstacle to repeating (at least in terms of what the team can control). It'll be a stressful and frustrating year if the pass protection doesn't improve;
- Reduce or eliminate OL penalties. This wasn't as stressful as the poor pass protection, but, man, was this frustrating. If this team didn't break records for overturning big plays due to penalties, it sure as heck felt like it. Please, please, let's cut down on these (e.g., false starts, holding penalties, etc.);
- More consistent on 3rd downs and in the red zone. Perhaps this is like saying I wish the offense were better, but, hey, it's my fanpost. :) I was OK with the offense on 3rd downs, until the end of the season. Hopefully, with better pass protection and healthy receivers, especially Percy Harvin, this shouldn't be a problem. Also, the special teams and defense field position that the offense struggled to capitalize on. I'd like to see more TDs in this situation.
- Better run defense, particularly against the run-first teams. They seemed to get better at toward the end of the year, and I hope that means they've "solved" this issue. To me, this is the type of offense I fear the most against this team, especially if the team can wisely mix in play action plays. Whether they were bad at defending this type of offense, I just hope they're good at it next year--because they're awesome at defending the more pass-first offenses;
- Better two-minute defense. The two-minute defense wasn't bad, but I'd like to see opponents struggle a bit more to move the ball down into scoring position at the end of the game. Opponents seemed to move the ball way too easy at times. Luckily, the defense came through a lot, but still, I wished they would make it more difficult to get in scoring range. I suspect this has to do with the bend-but-don't-break philosophy of the defense, but also the fact that the pass rush can be inconsistent at times, sometimes going through stretches where they're not getting any pass pressure. (Hope that can change, too.)