Our defense may not be that far off.. Rivera has proven in multiple locations and systems that he knows defense better than anyone on this forum..
Two reasons our D was sub-par last year. Rivera was still learning what he needed, and did not need, to be doing. As a result, he spent very little time with the D. He has already stated that he plans on being more hands on this year. That alone should bring about a change for the better.
Two. The instability of the front seven. I have heard you mention that Rivera was not able to run his scheme last year. With the addition of Keuchly, (sp) our LB corp should have the talent to hold up its end. Which should bring about some improvement as well.
Hogan, and even Norman, should improve the back end. If Martin shows up we should be good to go.
Plenty of time, and practices, before the bullets start to fly. Too early to worry about who is going to start a DT this year. Just going to wallow is my joy over a successful draft. Bask in the glow of an Offense that is as scarey as any. And revel in the pain of all the unhappy fans who only care about their own opinion of how things should be. And lastly, I am going to truly enjoy every word I read or hear about how the Panthers can be this years Lions. A team whose time has come, and they are not worried about you or yours.
Sorry, got carried away. For good reason, but I am sure it will not be the last time. And GOOOOO CATS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!