I agree that we do have young guys with tons of talent that need to step up.
But, your attempt to write off this season as a failure....or to assume that the guys we have are not of the caliber of the aging vets that they replaced....proves you are suffering from the "Chicken Little Syndrom". :nono:
No one is writing off this season as a failure. And it isn't a matter of talent. Everyone in the NFL who makes it to this level has talent or they don't get this far. What seperates guys at this level is game experience and time for the game to slow down and for them to understand the intricies of the game and various nuances. Instead of thinking they can just react. All of that takes times and in many cases years to learn.
Therefore putting in a backup who has played in 2 games for example and expecting them to respond as well as a veteran who has played in 100 games is unrealistic at best and naive at worst. You can call it anything you want but I have watched enough football and seen enough rebuilding projects to know that we are in for our share of blown coverages, poor run fits, and mistakes to know that this defense is going to struggle. Games usually come down to a few plays one way or the other. In the past we had veterans who would step up and perform. These guys will take time to figure out who that is going to be. I understand people don't want to hear the truth and want to write it off as a chicken little syndrome. That is fine. Frankly I won't be happy if what I think is going to happen comes to pass. But wishing for success won't make it happen. I hope in a month or two I am more positive. We will see.