I think it's a fair point in this context because there is a lot of continuity across the offensive and defensive units from last season. With so few new starters, one would think that the on-field results are pretty indicative of what we'll see in-season since there isn't much of a learning curve to travel. Last year Carolina had a brand new OL, a new set of WRs, DA at QB, a new secondary... very little of that this year.
Google says that is Mychal Kendricks, drafted in the same class as Luke. He has 209 fewer tackles, 4 fewer interceptions and 11 fewer pass breakups than Luke but 3 more sacks and 4 more forced fumbles. Clear superiority.
I forgive myself as I was a mere teenager, but the 2000 defensive backfield of Doug Evans/Eric Davis/Jimmy Hitchcock and Mike Minter paired with the newcomers Rashard Anderson and Deon Grant sure sounded incredible playing behind Chuck Smith, Sean Gilbert, and a healthy Jason Peter. So many layers of wrong.