I know there have been similar threads, but lets try to look at each position logically and specifically to see how many new starters may be on the offense next year. This is an offense that at the beginning of the season, many would have said needed as many as 5 or 6 new starters. By the end of the year, the offense was a better unit than the defense. Granted, the defense may be further along, but their propensity for giving up last second wins is reason enough to put them behind the offense in terms of unit supremacy.
End of season starters:
Depending on any free agents or draft picks that may come in, these are the guys that I see as having the best chance to remain as starters or regain their starting positions:
I don't see that there will be many if any changes heading into the 2013 season on offense. For some reason Cable and the coaching staff really like Sweezy and will do everything possible to let him win the job. Unless a very high draft pick is brought in that can beat or challenge Giacomini at RT, then I see no change there. Many on this board have stated a need for a WR. While one will probably be brought in, I doubt that they will be able to unseat Rice or Tate for at least the 2013 season or if there is an injury. WR takes awhile to acclimate to before a player is successful. Tate is good friends with RW and has developed a good amount of chemistry with him on the field. Rice is just a matter of staying healthy.
TE is another position that has been talked about as needing an upgrade. Miller is servicable and McCoy seems to be coming on. I believe it is going to take a player of Russell Wilson proportions to earn a starting position anywhere on this offense. Can it be done? Definately. Does it need to be done? There is always room for improvement and with the always "compete" mantra, it always will be. Will it be done? that remains to be seen. I just won't be the least bit surprised to see either of the above starting lineups come September.