I hope Funchess learns to take advantage of his size. He looks soft there not fighting for the ball and I even remember reading a scouting report saying that he doesn't win enough contested balls. You're going to have to fight for a lot of contested catches in the NFL.
I have no idea if this Panthers fan posts on the Huddle but I founded him on twitter when searching for tweets about Bobby Wagner. Thought it was too funny not to post. https://instagram.com/tyler_burgher/
Best we've have ever had? No. I think it can be a top 5 defense this year though. LIke you said, Boston looked good at the end of last year but the sample size is still too small to really come to a conclusion on him and Harper is pretty bad in coverage at times. I love Norman and Bene but Tillman is old as hell and I wouldn't be surprised to see him get burned badly a few times. That's assuming he can even stay healthy. Front 7 will no doubt be beastly. I have high hopes for Ealy/Frank stepping up and Shaq was a stud at Washington that will only get better as the season goes along. The rest of the front 7 are self explanatory.