I think what you are saying is true in general, but it depends. For instance, Beason from day 1 has probably been our 1-3rd best defensive player since he got here. Sherrod Martin came as rookie and played better than Godfrey(pre injury). I am more concerned with the leadership void than on the field play. However I think on the defensive side of the ball as far as leadership, Beason and possibly Davis will lead the front. On the offensive side, I don't know if a guy as emotional as Steve Smith can be your leader, however It worked for the cowboy's with Michael Irvin so you never know. As far as injury, you could look at every team in the league and say, well if they lose this guy they are hosed. I mean look at Pittsburgh. There defense without Polamalu is entirely different because he apparently makes up for a lot of defensive mistakes. If the Colt's loose Peyton Manning, their season is probably shot, where as if we loose Matt Moore, we are probably not that much worse. However they could loose Reggie Wayne and probably still move the ball efficiently as a long term loss of Steve Smith might be devastating for us. I'm just trying to say, I don't think it's as bas as you make it out to be. But tbh what you say could happen.
I don't exactly mean to come off negative so much as being very concerned about some of the starters and most all the backups. Not so much that the starters won't have good games and over the first 5 or 6 will continue to improve and gel. It is just that I feel less confident with this group than last year's on the line and have visions of 2007 alll over again. It really will come down to the offense having to save us until the defense catches up. Seems I said the same thing last year. Hopefully this time we come out smoking instead of choking. I reallly am excited to see our receivers and Edwards. It is just that most of these posts have been discussing the defense and not the offense. I am pretty positive that we will score points this year. I just don't want to be like New Orleans in 2008. 8-8 because we can't stop anyone.