Originally Posted by pricejj
I completely agree with you. The point I am trying to make is that there are only 4 new starters on the Defense, to go from 25th in points, to top 10 (this year) is going to be tough. But who knows?
1. Goodman -> Porter (minor upgrade)
2. Dawkins -> Adams (minor upgrade pass defense, minor downgrade in run defense)
3. Bunkley -> Bannan (major downgrade in run defense)
4. Thomas/McBean -> Wolfe (upgrade in both pass and run defense)
To me, it looks like the Defense has potentially upgraded at pass defense and potentially downgraded in run defense. Hopefully, with the offseason additions, we can crack the top 5 in sacks, and significantly improve on INT's from 31st.
Is this a top 10 Defense? That would be a stretch. Middle of the pack would be a major improvement from last year, and with the addition of Peyton Manning, could put us in a position to compete for a Superbowl.
I'm in agreement with you on that. I see this defense as improving slightly overall, but seriously lacking in the run game. I'd wager we're at 20 or so overall next year, 25 or worse in run defense, and about the middle of the pack in pass defense. I don't think our offense is going to keep offenses off the field as much as people think, and I have a feeling it is going to be us playing from behind, not the other teams.