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Where will our defense rank next season?

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Urrymonster    39

No idea at this point. Once we see the outcome of the Peppers scenario we might have a better idea.

If we effectively stay pat with both scheme and only sign rotational guys I can see us carrying on the trend of the end of the season. So that would be in the bottom quarter at best.

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stankowalski    2,756

Really much too early to speculate on that. We've got to see who we've got coming in, how we look in preseason,etc.

Besides I would have thought that with Peppers' lazy ass gone, you'd predict a higher ranking.

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Really much too early to speculate on that. We've got to see who we've got coming in, how we look in preseason,etc.

Besides I would have thought that with Peppers' lazy ass gone, you'd predict a higher ranking.

The other DE's are even lazyer.

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Cyberjag    1,984

Hmm... Let's look at the defense. Beason has another year in, Godfrey isn't a rookie, Connor instead of Diggs, more depth at DT (count on it), some sort of replacement for Peppers (nothing special but someone reliable), Gamble, Marshall, and a new nickel.

Playing more ball control than ever before, with two solid running backs and an outstanding line. I think Davidson will slow down with the long passes and do more ball control. Time of possession is a good thing, it keeps the other offense off the field.

Opponents include New England, Giants, Eagles, and Arizona. We also have Atlanta and New Orleans twice. On the other hand, we get Buffalo, Washington, Minnesota, and Tampa Bay twice. Dallas and Miami aren't anything special either.

I think we'll end up around 12-13, maybe a little higher.

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Fiz    878

Connor instead of Diggs

conner would be out of position at OLB.

besides, it's not like Diggs is holding us back or anything. He's a fine player.

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TheJza    0

conner would be out of position at OLB.

besides, it's not like Diggs is holding us back or anything. He's a fine player.

To be fair, most thought Beason was going to be out of position at MLB. We'll have to see what happens. Connor is very athletic and smarter than most. I can see him simply being in the right place at the right time, regardless of his presumed skill set.

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Fiz    878

To be fair, most thought Beason was going to be out of position at MLB.

what?

unless im remembering wrong (which i never do) he was drafted as a hybrid M/OLB who would play outside if Dan Morgan stayed healthy, but was better suited for the middle and was a good insurance policy.

don't you remember all the "move morgan outside" threads after we drafted beason?

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Cyberjag    1,984

Doesn't matter if he's inside or outside, he's a gamer and will be better than Diggs.

How about this for an exercise--name all the teams that will have a better defense than we will.

Steelers, Ravens, Eagles, Giants, Vikings, Titans for sure. Redskins and Patriots probably. MAYBE the Bears and Jaguars bounce back. There's a big group of teams in the middle tier, of which the Panthers are a part. We could seriously finish anywhere from 10th to 20th, and statistically, a lot will depend on how much time we control the ball.

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